AUBURN | Andrew George Tarby Jr., 70, of Auburn, passed away unexpectedly early Friday morning, Sept. 28, 2018, at his home.
He was born in Auburn, the son of Elma (McGlynn) Tarby and the late Andrew G. Tarby and had been an area resident for most of his life. “George,” as he was affectionately known by his family and friends, was a U.S. Marine, part of the 1st BN 4th Marines, SLF Forces, Air Assault, having served our country honorably during two stints in Vietnam. He completed his basic training at Paris Island, S.C. George earned numerous medals, including the distinctive Purple Heart for his courageous efforts during the war.
In his earlier years, George drove truck for various trucking companies and also worked construction. He would later own and operate his own business, Tarby’s Hydro Clean. George’s work ethic and willingness to help out someone in need is unmatched and will never be equaled by anyone. He could often be found shoveling out a neighbor’s driveway, clearing a path down most of Genesee Street’s sidewalks, sending a flower arrangement to a friend, a delicious plate of sauerkraut or kielbasa that he prepared himself for someone that was sick. These are just a few things that show the character of a very special man with a heart of gold. One of George’s passions besides helping others was his love of flying. He had his pilot’s license for many years and relished any opportunity he had the time to fly. George also enjoyed an occasional Coors Light in the afternoon. He left a lasting impression on many, mostly good and if it wasn’t, he didn’t care. But you definitely remembered meeting him.
He is survived by his three sons, Jeff, Ryan, and Andrew Tarby; mother, Alma Tarby; brother, Douglas (Alice) Tarby; grandchildren, Ryder, Michael, and Sabrina Tarby; brother-in-law, Michael Orofino; nephews, Brandon and Dustin Orofino; niece, Jessica Wilmot; niece and godchild, Brandy Tarby; several other relatives, and many close and dear friends .
George was predeceased by his father, Andrew G. Tarby, a former World War II veteran, and a sister, Patricia Orofino.
Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. this Friday, at the Pettigrass Funeral Home, 196 Genesee St., Auburn. A calling hour will also be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday morning, with services to immediately at 11 a.m. all at the funeral home. Burial will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery where full military honors will be accorded.
His love for his country and especially his fellow veterans that have been injured in war, George would like any donations be made in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256 or to wounderwarriorproject.org.