On April 13, 2009, Mr. Lawrence J. De George passed away of complications arising from congestive heart failure. His friends at the American Heart Association continue to honor and give tribute to a man whose philanthropic beliefs touched the lives of many in his community and beyond. We will miss Mr. De George but will never forget his enormous heart and love for his family, friends and those in need.
The De George family has demonstrated the very definition of philanthropy over the last 15 years in marrying the mission of the American Heart Association in “Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.” Their dedication and continued support of the lifesaving work of the American Heart Association has truly been an inspiration to others.
The De Georges are among the most respected and dynamic members of the South Florida philanthropic community. Mr. De George was a founding member of Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis. A Navy World War II veteran, Mr. De George often visited the camp, which gives children with chronic or life-threatening illnesses a chance to have a week of fun at summer camp.
With the funds from each of the De George’s acquired companies, the De George’s created the Lawrence J. and Florence A. De George Charitable Trust. The foundation’s mission is to support children and their right to a good, stable upbringing.
The American Heart Association is truly thankful and grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. De George for their continuous dedication to the organization’s mission. With more than one million dollars donated to the American Heart Association, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence J. De George are truly Advocates of Heart. Mr. De George is truly missed by the American Heart Association Family. He has saved so many lives and will continue to touch the lives of others for years to come – his legacy lives on in all of us.