George H. Schnake, Jr.
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BAILEY ISLAND -- George H. Schnake, Jr. died on February 13, 2014, at home on Bailey Island with his wife of 35 years at his side.
Born on Nov. 9, 1929 in Gary, Ind. to George and Ruth Schnake.
George attended the Arizona School for Boys in Tucson before high school. He then went on to graduate from the University of Florida with a BA in Journalism. He played tight end for the Gators.
George started his career in advertising and public relations in Pittsburg. He earned a Master's Degree from Northwestern University before moving to New York. He worked first as an account executive with the BBD&O Agency. Later, George and 2 partners co-owned their own agency, Rumrill Hoyt. He managed the International Division.
After George moved to Maine, his love for the state and its future inspired George to work with the Maine Development Foundation (MDF) as Director of Corporator Relations and Marketing. During his tenure there, and inspired by his observation of the extraordinary quality of Maine products, he was instrumental in the creation of the 'Made in Maine, America's Best' program, which is thriving today. MDF founding president, Nathaniel Bowditch, offered this quote as a testament to George's contributions: 'But of the best, when their task is accomplished, their work done, the people all remark, 'We have done it ourselves' - Lao Tzu, Chinese Writer-Philosopher. Following his career at MDF, George was the president of Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) for a time. Toward the end of his career, George worked in charitable fundraising and real estate management and development. In retirement, George worked with the Director of the Court Appointed Special Advocates for children volunteer program (CASA) in developing training programs for the volunteers.
George was fortunate in having a large, loving family and especially enjoyed time spent with them. He leaves behind three children from his first marriage to Barbara Morrow, Geoffrey Schnake and wife, Cheryl of St. Petersburg, Fla., Lisa Schnake Graves and husband, George Graves of Hebron and Brooke Schnake of Saco.
On January 1, 1979 he married Diana Witherspoon Mann on Bailey Island and there they started a new life together. He thus acquired two more children, Katharine Mann and husband, Harold Roberts of Brunswick, and Steven Mann and wife, Karen Kushel of Monterey, Calif. He also leaves twelve grandchildren, a source of great love and joy. His oldest granddaughter, Anna Wylie Gregoire, married Joshua Gregoire and added the pleasure and treasure of two great-grandsons.
George and Diana enjoyed extensive travel with a special emphasis on learning about native peoples' culture and art. They also owned a cottage on Monhegan Island where they loved to retreat. A love of the arts, nature, family and cats were central to his life. All knew him to be kind and caring for and about others.
George's family is very grateful to the CHANS Hospice program, whose staff provided such excellent care for George and them in his last days. A Quaker memorial service will be held in the spring. George and Diana were co-founders of the Brunswick Quaker Friends Meeting, which now flourishes.
Memorial donations may be made to:
Maine CASA Volunteer Program
171 State House Station
Augusta Maine 04333
Brunswick Friends Meeting
c/o Rob Spivey
Brunswick, Maine 04011
George H. Schnake, Jr.
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Feb. 16, 2014