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In Memorium – George Knies 1933-2014

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It is with great sadness that we report our beloved friend and one of the founders of Treasure Island Yacht Club, George Knies, has passed over the bar. He passed away the morning of 30-July-2014 in his sleep at his home surrounded by his wife and family.
George was Commodore of TIYC in 1984, has served for a long time as the Corporate Secretary and also was the editor of the “JIBE” newsletter.
George was very active with the Navy League and the US Naval Sailing Association.  He was involved in getting the Navy 44 sailing vessel  “Courageous” to be berthed in Richmond, CA as part of the NROTC training for UC Berkeley.
(see http://www.navysailing.org/courageous.html)
In addition to being a distinguished carrier based Naval air pilot, George was an accomplished Marine lawyer. He has served as the PICYA legal committee chair and was the legal officer for the International Order of the Blue Gavel and recently he worked with the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary as well as local yachting associations.
George was a Certified Race Officer with the Yacht Racing Association of San Francisco Bay and a US Sailing, Senior Race Officer.  In addition he worked to bring the Tall Ships to visit San Francisco Bay.
George was the 2007 recipient of The Robert S. Olson Memorial Poseidon Award given by PICYA to recognize those persons who have performed outstanding service to the boating community.
If you would like to share a memory of George, please click on comments below.  We will share them with George’s family.
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Services for George Knies were held on Saturday, 30-August-2014, 1:30 pm at the San Ramon Valley Methodist Church located at 902 Danville Boulevard, Alamo, CA 94507-2420.
An Eight Bells Ceremony for CDR George Knies, (USN Ret) was held at the Treasure Island Yacht Club on Sunday, 31-August-2014.  It was concluded with a three shot cannon volley in Clipper Cove with the approval of the USCG.
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5 comments

1 Russ Breed { 08.01.14 at 10:29 AM }

Friends and family are welcome to share memorial comments for an “Eight Bells” tribute to George later in August.

2 LMH Breed { 08.01.14 at 10:49 AM }

George was a very good friend of my father (Glenn Harter). I met George in the early 1980’s. His love of life, strong sense of duty had a great influence on my life.
George and I worked together in PICYA, YRA, SBRA, Blue Gavel, Youth sailing, and along with Russ Breed, on many Race Committees.
George was one of the first people to tell me…’Don’t let that one get away”….referring to Russ, who later became my husband.
George helped and guided me through many difficult times…particularly when I lost both my parents, 11 days apart. He was a very strong rudder throughout the years.
When we said goodbye, a couple old Saturdays ago, I told him I was very honored and blessed to know him and to have him in my life…He responded with a twinkle in his eye, “Back at you, kid..I’ll still be watching you to make sure you get it right.”
Ann and family: Thank you for sharing George with us. We are better people because he was in our lives. I know he is watching over us.
Much love,
Lynette Harter Breed,

3 Cior { 08.02.14 at 4:26 AM }

George was one of the first friends I made at TIYC back in 2007, and I instantly felt through him (and many, that day) that I had found a home. Thank you, very much, to the Knies Family, for sharing him with all of us.

4 Atta pilram { 08.04.14 at 10:33 AM }

Many years ago I met George when we had just joined TIYC. His love of being on the water and his passion for flying had connected us. We occasionally exchanged articles on various topics from jokes and political opinions to the up to date advancements in aviation and the boating world. Through these conversations, I came to know George on a different level and to appreciate his values although our points of view remained far apart on many subjects.
Since the beginning of the year when I came on board as Commodore, we have been in touch more often and usually I had been calling him once a month to share an article on the latest societal affairs or historical significance and to get his opinion on club related subjects. I always enjoyed his shoot-from-the-hip view and direct answers, common among pilots.
George was a rare breed, and as a friend once said – “he was genuine in a way that few people dare to be these days”. He said what was on his mind, often colorfully but always straight and he was surprisingly open to hear the opposite view. He will be greatly missed

5 Gordon Strom & Diane { 08.10.14 at 4:44 AM }

We were saddened to hear of the passing of George. When Gordy joined the Treasure Island Yacht Club in 1986, George was his sponsor and mentor. Gordy reminices that George, along with himself, are the last of the former Navy members. George was a dedicated , hard working member if the TIYC and a wonderful historian of Treasure Island. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Diane & Gordon Strom
Cancale, France ( George would have loved this seaside town. We return August 16)

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