I was about to accept the first job I was ever excited about, it was my final interview. I was scheduled for a full day “on the road” with my future boss to get a feel of the routine of what my professional life would be like. Soon-to-be-boss had a full day planned touring me around the future sales territory and the very first stop was to meet his best and favorite customer, George Schindler.
We walked into a dark warehouse in Woburn and I was feeling out of my usual element. As we meandered around the dark, busy industrial building seeking George, I was very curious about this introduction.
And then he appeared.
A Santa Claus like build and a snow white cascade of glorious hair flow, this was a guy you could never mistake or forget. (over the years I often joked he looked like Barbara Bush’s twin brother – see pic below)
“George, this is Frankie McCabe. He is hopefully joining our company in a few weeks,” new boss exclaimed.
With a devilish smile and an extended hand, our first conversation involved an off color Irish joke that immediately assured me, I LIKE this guy.
And that was the start. The start of now a twenty-plus year friendship but an automatic lifetime bond from my kneejerk perspective at that moment in time.
Interesting to our friendship, George is 25 years my senior. In fact, born just 13 days apart from my own father, George would become another great figure like many of the others I have described in these REAL MEN readings.
Funny, kind, loyal, hard working, George is simply an awesome human to be around to enjoy his company, wit and banter.
After that first meeting, George and I have had many adventures over the years. Mostly connected through our professional lives, he and I quickly became great friends, confidants and traveling buddies. We often were on the road for mutual business meetings, conferences and events. We co-chaired a local industry association and spent many nights of hilarity, all around the country.
George was the father figure that you shared stories and adventures with that you could not share with your actual father. It was the best. Dinners, golf, cigars and maybe an occasional libation or two and maybe a little bit of WERC (inside joke, not a typo).
Bonnie and Clyde.
Thelma and Louis.
Smith and Wesson.
We were a unique, dynamic combo and we have created many great memories over the years.
Raised in Mattapan, proud Vietnam Veteran (via the Naval Air Force), protective oldest brother to six, wonderful father of four, fun grandfather to five, and lucky husband to one, his wife Deb, for more than 30 years.
George has lead a life well lived….and keeps on going and keeping those around him smiling.
Keep making us all laughing, pal.
3 thoughts on “REAL MEN: Schindler”
Frank, you nailed him! His mischievous twinkle in his eye when he waits for your laughter at the end of his jokes, and the fact that you need to know how much he values your friendship is the only thing missing. He is better for having known you, as he has the utmost respect for you. This is such a wonderful tribute! Thank you for this. It means the world.
Frank, this is a priceless and accurate portrayal of an amazing human being. Well written my friend!
Thank you for the kind words!!
Quite an honor to be placed with all the Real Men you have written about!