My father, George Eidson, Jr., had a passion for the law and for life. The lessons he imparted about how to conduct oneself as a lawyer and obtain justice for clients are lifetime lessons that we carry forward with us.
To anyone who worked with “Big G,” as he was affectionately known, or heard him deliver a closing argument, he was a captivating personality. He had a keen legal mind and a gift for turning a set of complicated legal facts into a compelling storyline. He was a force to be reckoned with in a courtroom.
Big G. wrung all the adventures, family fun and good stories that he could from 87 years of living before he passed away peacefully on January 29. His interests reflected his wide-ranging intellectual curiosity—hunting in the Florida woods, bass fishing, Gators football, Civil War history and listening to opera with his granddaughter.
A child of the Depression, he attended public schools in Orlando and volunteered for military service during World War II, enlisting in the Navy. He was assigned to a destroyer and served in the Solomon Islands. Through his military service, he recognized the sacrifice that veterans serving overseas make and the importance of supporting them when they return. For that reason, we ask that memorial contributions be made in his name to the Wounded Warrior Outdoors project to support injured soldiers returning from foreign wars.
When Big G., returned from World War II, he attended college on the G.I. Bill at the University of Virginia, the public university founded by his hero, Thomas Jefferson. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Law in 1950 and later served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Florida College of Law. Education and the Florida Gators were two of his lifelong passions.
As a young lawyer, Big G. joined the Orlando Law Firm of Akerman, Dial and Akerman. As Florida transformed in the decades after World War II, the law firm grew and evolved into Akerman, Senterfitt and Eidson, which has more than 600 lawyers nationwide. He served as chairman of the firm and head of the litigation department. He had a passion for serving his clients and a commitment to justice. He also loved training young lawyers in the legal skills he worked a lifetime to acquire. It’s no surprise that he maintained an office at the law firm until his death.
To many people who knew him, he seemed larger than life. He was a legend in Florida legal circles. To his children and grandchildren, he was our hero. The lessons he taught about the value of service to nation and state, and the importance of seeking justice for those in need are his lasting legacy that we seek to uphold.
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