Born September 17, 1923
Died February 28, 2013
George Critz McIngvale, Sr., devoted family man, World War II veteran, successful businessman, philanthropist, and devout Catholic, died Thursday, February 28th in Houston, Texas at the age of 89. His is survived by his wife of 64 years, Angela; five children Jim McIngvale, Julia Stout, Mary Dunson, Ralph McIngvale, Angela Jones and their spouses; 16 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his eldest son, George C. McIngvale, Jr., and his great grand-daughter, Mathilde Juliette Stout.
Mr. McIngvale then took his fundraising talents to the next level helping to raise the capital to build Bishop Lynch High School. Always an avid sports fan, he took a particular interest in construction of the football and baseball field for the school’s teams, dubbed the Friars. Mr. Mcingvale traveled the state following the Friars. Today, Bishop Lynch is a Blue Ribbon school recognized around the state as one of the finest private schools in Texas. It has served over 10,000+ students in the Dallas area, had more than 320 National Merit Scholars (one of which was his eldest son George), and has won over 60 state championships in various sports.
Over 25 years ago, Mr. Mack and his wife moved from Dallas to Houston to join his son in his new business venture, Gallery Furniture. He was loved by the Gallery employees and noted for his generosity and devotion to his faith. In fact, he served as a mentor to many throughout his life, and was responsible for numerous conversions to the Catholic faith.
Known as Daddy, Pops, PePaw and Mr. Mack, he was the lifeblood of his family — always encouraging his children and grandkids to do their best, help others, make friends, love one another and work hard. Mr. Mack was the quintessential optimist. He saw the best in all people and had never met a stranger. Complimenting people, putting them at ease making them feel like the most important person in the world. His greetings were full of colloquialisms and truisms which would straighten you out in a hurry:
Right’s right and wrong’s wrong.
The Lord hates a coward!
Make up your mind and be somebody!
Finally, the McIngvale family would like to express our most sincere gratitude and thanks to Mr. McIngvale’s wonderful, skilled, kind, and devoted caregivers: Febe Keers and Alicia Cortes.