George Arthur Faldo
George Arthur Faldo, father of golf's six-time Major Champion and former World #1, Sir Nick Faldo passed away today of natural causes.
He was born on May 11, 1926 in Poplar, London to Charlie and Harriet Faldo.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Joyce Smalley Faldo; his son, Nicholas Alexander Faldo; his sister, Dolly Faldo Slywockji; his grandchildren, Natalie, Matthew, Georgia and Emma Faldo and his extended family and friends Gill Faldo, Valerie Faldo, Diana and Daniel Desmond; Linda and Del Bingley and LeslieAnne Wade.
Mr. Faldo resided in Welwyn Garden City, England for more than 65 years; the town where his wife is a life-long resident.
"My father was both a gentleman and a gentle man," remembers Sir Nick Faldo. "With an honest sparkle in his eye and story in his heart, he charmed his life's gallery, one person at a time. He was an easy mark for a laugh and an easy mark for a tear; illustrating every day his own simple appreciation for the simplest moments in life. That, along with his own signature nod of his head and eternally outstretched hand to greet a visitor or a friend, will forever define the many memories I will hold close. Thanks, Dad, for everything. We took the most amazing journey together."
Mr. Faldo served the British Navy, Army and Military Police from the age of 17 to just after World War II. His travels in service defined his early adulthood and over the course of his lifetime he remained interested in world history.
After retiring as a career accountant from ICI in Welwyn Garden City, Mr. Faldo and his wife were walking enthusiasts and active members of the community's Footpath Society, where he served as accountant for the club for twenty years.
Remembered for taking his only child to his first Open Championships at Royal Troon and Royal Lytham St. Anne's in 1973 and 1974, Mr. Faldo was later recognized as a quiet and most genuine supporter of his son's global career embracing with trust his son's dream at the age of 16 to leave school and focus all energy on the sport which would define him. He travelled to St. Andrew's and Augusta National Country Club among other storied venues on his family's journey in golf: where he is fondly remembered by leadership in the sport.
In 2011 and 2012, he visited the course his son designed at Lough Erne Resort in Fermanagh, Northern Ireland in support of the Faldo Series, the global junior development series to find opportunity through golf and develop tomorrow's champions.
A man of few but special words, Mr. Faldo was moved to tears at his son's knighting at Windsor Castle on November 10, 2009. From the humblest of beginnings the family had reached a moment beyond their imagination. With a father's simple pride and his son's face in his quivering hands he said so simply, "You have been such a good boy."
In recent years, Mr. Faldo and his wife have served as presenters of the Faldo Trophy at the Welwyn Garden City Golf Club where they brought their son for his first golf lesson at the age of 14.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Faldo's memory to The Faldo Series, 19 Russell Street, Windsor, England.
Donations may be made through the Funeral Director’s website at www.austins.co.uk. Click the donate button and then enter “George Faldo”.
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