Few people have given as much of their life to a company as George gave to Atari
George Opperman designed the Atari logo and is behind the art on Atari's arcade cabinets.
This is probably the toughest piece of VAXMAIL I've ever had to send, so please bear with me if I'm not too eloquent. As many of you know, George Opperman was admitted to El Camino Hospital this past Sunday morning. He was diagnosed as having lung cancer in a very advanced stage. I have just been informed by his family that he passed away shortly before noon today. George's family (wife Pat, son Kevin, and daughter Heather) were able to spend the last couple days at his side. Other than some shortness of breath and a raspy voice, the last few days were quite miraculously pain-free, and he was able to enjoy the time with his family and many close friends and fellow workers who dropped by to encourage him. He and his family were especially grateful for this, and Pat has asked me to pass on her thanks to all of his "family" here. The family will not be making any final arrangements until Friday, but according to Pat, they will probably be scheduling a Memorial Service for some time early next week (Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday). I will try and let everybody know the details of this by first thing Monday morning. I believe Tuesday will be the most likely day for this to be scheduled. Few people have given as much of their life to a company as George gave to Atari, and even fewer will leave behind the marks of permanence and beauty and art that George was able to leave. His going will leave a big hole in the lives of his family, his friends, his fellow workers, and a significant number of other people who were touched by his role here at Atari. George's family's home address, where they will all be for the next week or two is: 5869 Amapola Drive San Jose, Ca. 95129 I'm sure they would all appreciate your thoughts and your prayers. Dan Van
There will be a memorial service for George Opperman on Wednesday evening (Dec. 4) at 7:00 pm. The service will be held at: LIMA FAMILY MORTUARY 1315 HOLLENBECK AVE. SUNNYVALE, CA. (Corner of Fremont and Hollenbeck) The family has informed us that the service will be open to all friends and co-workers of George who wish to attend. Also, for any of those who wish to convey their personal condolences and messages to the family, George's wife Pat, son Kevin, and daughter Heather are residing at: 5869 AMAPOLA DR. SAN JOSE, CA. 95129
Nov 27, 1985