George Ortiz, age 72, of Bridgeport, CT passed away March 18, 2020. George was born in the Bronx, NY to Pablo and Betty Ortiz. He is survived by his beloved wife Linda; daughter Barbara Ortiz Robbins, her husband John, and granddaughters Scarlett & Phoebe; son Chris Ortiz, his wife Tricia, and his grandsons Riley & Jesse.
George was adored by his four grandchildren and loved spending time singing along at Scarlett’s concerts, watching Phoebe sink hoops, and cheering on both Riley and Jesse during their hockey games on the ice. Georgie was so fun loving, cracking jokes, horsing around with his grandkids, playing Monopoly, and delivering a pretty impressive gorilla impression.
George was a retired mechanical engineer and always liked working. In fact, he never really retired and was still actively employed as a consultant, especially enjoying the travel involved.
George always relished staying busy with his adoring wife, Linda. They were often described as two peas in a pod during their 47 years of marriage. He was curious and fond of learning something new with Linda at his side, whether it be weekly piano practice, tai chi, and even a little dabbling of French lessons. Travelling abroad was also a passion of George. He loved reading maps and travel guides. Being physically active was something George appreciated, seeking new adventures daily. He fostered many friendships at the gym and pool, riding his bike to Short Beach, and hitting golf balls on the course.
Perhaps one of his best friends beyond Linda, was his son Christopher. The two enjoyed fishing, lunching with the Romeos (his clan of retired buddies), playing horseshoes in the yard, and even attending the occasional concert or sports game.
His daughter Barbara fondly recalls her daddy’s constant encouragement; he was always saying, “I’m so proud of you, doll.” The two not only looked so much alike but both enjoyed comparing gym visits and sharing an occasional IPA.
George was a master of do-it-yourself projects. He did all his own home repairs, car repairs, and even built an addition to his house. He was, of course, always excited at the prospect of helping with his kids’ home improvement projects too. His son-in-law appreciated learning from George’s wisdom when they often worked together on numerous DIY projects. Chris and John knew who to call when an appliance malfunctioned or steps needed replacing.
George, as well, was a very spiritual man; attending weekly Bible study, ministering the Eucharist, and even being elected, just recently, to the vestry. Along with the importance of his faith, he took joy in volunteer work and spent many years volunteering in many capacities, especially as a Eucharistic minister on the cancer wing at St. Vincent’s Hospital.
George was generous of spirit, willing to give the shirt off his back to anyone. His generosity is reflected in the loving relationships with his five siblings and Betty, his devoted mother whom he is survived by. George, the oldest sibling, was eager to help out whether fixing appliances, taking Betty out for a lobster lunch in City Island, or visiting his sisters while traveling for work. Georgie was a wonderful big brother.
George will be sorely missed by those who were fortunate enough to have this wonderful man touch their lives. The family is comforted knowing that George’s beautiful spirit will live on through his children and grandchildren.
Due to recent health concerns, a memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements in care of the Cyril F. Mullins Funeral Home, 399 White Plains Rd. Trumbull, CT.
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