Memorial service held for George P. Mitchell in Galveston

August 6, 2013 7:19:23 PM PDT
Galveston spent Tuesday evening honoring the man who spent part of his fortune saving The Strand from sinking into non-existence.

There was a procession and public memorial for the late George Mitchell. The oilman and philanthropist died at his home on the island last month at the age of 94.

The billionaire helped develop The Woodlands but never forgot his island roots. He was one of the masterminds of countless restoration projects in Galveston including The Strand.

"Mr. Mitchell was one of a kind who live his life with vision, optimism and tenacity," said Mitchell Properties Senior Vice President Bill Ross. "God did richly bless all of us with George Mitchell, Mr. Galveston."

The ceremony included several student organizations from Texas A&M, Mitchell's alma mater, and one of the biggest beneficiaries of his foundation.

Another memorial for Mitchell is taking place on Thursday at the Cynthia Woods- Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands.

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