Stefan E. George
Stefan George peacefully passed away August 17, 2015 at his home at age 62. He was born October 20, 1952 in Detroit, Michigan to James George and Emilie (Stratis) George. After studying German at NYU, Stefan traveled Europe and many parts of the United States. In the 1970s he met his future wife Lavinia White in California and moved with her to an arts cooperative in Cascabel, AZ where he honed his abilities as an artist and potter. Stefan and Lavinia moved to Tucson and became partners in Splinter Brothers and Sisters warehouse creating one-of-a-kind pottery and a network of strong friendships. Stefan had always loved music, learning guitar and playing in bands as early as high school. In the 1980s he dove deeper into his musical talents, and with his wife, formed the band the Brain Damage Orchestra, which rocked Tucson for years. Through the 90s and into 2000 Stefan's musical career took many forms from rock to country, blues to ska, jazz to folk. His talent, adaptable style, and prolific song writing have kept fans entertained for decades. Stefan was pre-deceased by his father, James George; his brother, Erik George; his loving wife and co-artist (of both pottery and music) Lavinia White; and his mother, Emilie Stratis George, who he performed and recorded with and who initiated and always supported Stefan's long musical career. Stefan's music and his significant contributions to the southwest music scene will be sorely missed. He is survived by his son, Joshua Kelly; his granddaughter, Eden Kelly; and many close friends he considered family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to KXCI Community Radio (520-623-1000 www.KXCI.org)-indicate "In memory of Stefan George". Arrangements by EVERGREEN MORTUARY & CEMETERY.