Remembering Georgie

Tuesday, the city of Kent lost a much beloved icon with the passing of Georgie Condos. For those of you not from the area or who have never met him, Georgie was a paraplegic man who did more work in the community in a day than most people will do in a week. Either wheeling himself around in a wagon as a child, or zooming down the city streets in his motorized wheel chair, Georgie has always believed in pulling his own weight. That work ethic combined with his upbeat attitude has made him one of the most popular men in the city.
I was fortunate enough to have gotten to know Georgie through a project for the Kent Stater. I remember waking up at 4am to go out and photograph his daily routine, starting with his paper route. I jogged behind his motorized chair for hours as he delivered papers, ran errands, and cleaned the streets. Along the way, people would go out of their way to stop and talk to him. I can safely say that, in the weeks of working on the project, I never saw a single person who wasn’t happy to see him.
“I’ve grown up in Kent, I’ll die in Kent,” Georgie said. True to his word, since 1948 Georgie has lived the entirety of life in Kent, and we were all the better for it.

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