On June 17, 2022, George Way, passed away peacefully at the age of 76.
George was born in Johnson City, New York to Charles and Lillian Way (Barton). After graduating high school, he served in the United States Navy and was stationed in Panama during the Vietnam War. The Navy awarded George with a Distinguished Service Medal for his meritorious service. After being honorably discharged, George attended Arizona State University where he received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Sociology and Bachelor’s in Architecture. He went on to get his Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Houston.
George started his architectural career as a design consultant, and after obtaining his Master’s Degree, harnessed his entrepreneurial spirit to become a founder, Vice President and shareholder of the architecture firm Tackett Way Lodholz, Inc. in Houston, Texas. Their work was honored nationally in several publications for innovative passive solar and environmental design. Additionally, George was a well-respected teacher, lecturer, and keynote speaker on passive solar design. Elements of this design philosophy are threaded throughout his career.
After relocating to Colorado Springs, Colorado in 1982, George started Way Architects, PC, a commercial architectural firm focused on multifamily housing. His body of work includes office, retail, hospitality, multifamily and senior housing projects in Colorado and numerous other states. Many of the multifamily developments that George designed were financed through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities access to affordable housing. These projects often have additional requirements and limitations, but George remained passionate about creating affordable communities that enhance the lives of their residents while providing sustainable, energy-conscious spaces.
Ever the entrepreneur, George also branched out into real estate investment and development. George’s experiences produced an uncommon ability to understand the roles of owner, investor and architect. This perspective provided significant value to many clients who appreciated his ability to relate to them with personal knowledge and experience.
George was active in his community and supported a number of charitable causes. He served as President of the Board of Directors for Sunny Vista Living Center and remained an active advisor for a number of years.
While George was dedicated to his profession, he also approached his free time with equal passion and enthusiasm. His interests and talents were vast and varied. George was always reading and learning new things. Most recently, he completed courses to obtain an amateur radio operator license. George would say that it’s always important to learn something new every day.
George started sailing on the St. Lawrence River at an early age under the tutelage of his older brother. His love of the craft continued throughout his life. He was happiest when out on the water. Some of his favorite trips included power boating from Florida to the Bahamas and leisurely helming his sailboat between destinations in the British Virgin Islands.
Traveling to see new places, eating different cuisines, and experiencing diverse cultures were a few things George loved about traveling. A couple of his most memorable trips included a journey through Italy and an adventure to Machu Picchu.
He always was fascinated by astronomy and carried with him a natural curiosity about the world. George was a giving and caring individual who took on the mantle of peacemaker and steadfast supporter for those he loved. Anyone who knew George was touched by his kindness, humor, and mild temperament.
He will be greatly missed, and we all will carry a piece of his legacy with us.
George is survived by his life partner, Stephanie Egan and her son, Jesse Egan; his two children, David (Stephanie) Way and Alicia (Brett) Buckingham; his grandchildren, Bennett, Colin, Wylie and Ryder; his sister-in-law, Frances Way; and his nieces and nephew, Wendy Way, Amber Hunter and Andrew Way.
A funeral service will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at the Broadmoor Community Church, located at 315 Lake Avenue, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906 at 4:00 p.m.
Flowers may be sent to the Broadmoor Community Church between 11:30 am and 3:30 pm on Saturday, July 16, 2022 addressed to George Way Services, or memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the following organizations:
1) Architecture and Design Fund, Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design, P.O. Box 867, Houston, TX 77001-0867
2) Sunny Vista Living Center, 2445 E Cache La Poudre St, Colorado Springs, CO 80909