George Lampman was a mad scientist. A constant learner. A doer. A man that appreciated food. A man who’s love of children extended not only to his own but those of extended family and friends and even the occasional stranger. His ability to sooth the most cantankerous baby was quite possibly magical. And a man that loved life and living in the moment. He also believed with every fiber of his being, that if you massaged potatoes before cooking them, that it somehow made them better.
After graduating from Kings college, he began his 50 year career as an insurance investigator. The latter 40 years, he had operated his own independent firm. Even though he had a long and successful career, his vocation did not define him. He loved machinery and oddball electrical devices. The stranger and more esoteric, the better. George survived three amazing and love-filled years after his Pancreatic Cancer diagnosis. He was inspiring, mischievous, always curious, artistically gifted, and made a lifestyle out of discovery and a love of great food. He was always reminding those around him how much they were loved, with food and warmth.
Over the last three years, George lost more than 70lbs. We watched him in discomfort and never-ending fatigue, but we never saw him lose anything else. Touched deeply by the synagogue shooting tragedy in October of 2018 and perhaps coming to terms with his own mortality, George created perhaps his most moving work of art; A Star of David memorial with the names of those lost on that terrible day. This sculpture was presented to Rabbi Myers of the “Tree of Life” synagogue in February of 2018, just a few short weeks before George’s own passing. May we all live our own lives sharing that same sense of wonder, curiosity, generosity, passion, and humor, that he poured out to those that he touched. The world was a far better place with him in it, but it is STILL a far better place with his memory.
George is survived by his wife; Andrea, his sons George (wife,Casie)and Paul(wife,Pam) his daughter Aileen(& Ken), five grandchildren, 2 brothers, 2 sisters and too many nieces, nephews and friends to count!
May he and everyone that knew and loved him find comfort and peace.
Please celebrate his life by massaging the finest potatoes you can find – or by building some infernal, messy contraption in your garage.
Condolences may be sent to The Lampman Family, C/O Pittsburgh Cremation & Funeral Care, 3287 Washington Rd., McMurray, PA 15317. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to a hospice of your choice.
A celebration of George’s life will take place at the Sprague Farm and Brew Works, an establishment he dearly loved, on June 1st, from 4 to 9pm. Please dress casually, as this will be a celebration, as opposed to a time to mourn.