John Francis Amherst Cecil and Cornelia Stuyvesant Vanderbilt, and a grandson of both George W. Vanderbilt and of Lord William Cecil, George Cecil was born Feb. 27, 1925 at Biltmore House. the largest investment and new jobs announcement in the history of Western North Carolina, William A.V. "There’s a story about Gifford Pinchot, the initial forester who traveled with my great-great Grandfather [George Vanderbilt], say around 1895. More:'Project Ranger': $650m project marks largest new jobs announcement in Asheville history, "That was always his focus," Cecil said. Ward said local writer Jay Fields is in the process of completing a historical account of WNC Communities, "In Pursuit of Greater Good. Key data; FAQ; Gender: M: Estimated date of birth: 27-Feb-1925: Estimated age: 95 years 312 days: Find matching names. William Amherst Vanderbilt Cecil (born 17 August 1928) is the younger son of John Francis Amherst Cecil (1890 – 1954) and Cornelia Stuyvesant Vanderbilt (1900 – 1976). Three years later in 1928, William Amherst Vanderbilt Cecil was born in Biltmore House. My parents instilled in every one of us this strong sense of giving back to our communities.". It was so important to him.”. Biltmore Farms had continued to grow under George's management, transforming it into 1925-2-27 George Henry Vanderbilt Cecil George Henry Vanderbilt Cecil (born February 27, 1925) is the owner and operator of Biltmore Farms. After the sale, George Cecil's love of agriculture and rural Western North Carolina never faded, his family said, and he co-founded the Western North Carolina Communities organization in 1949. "His priority in his life has always been his family," Jack Cecil said. "Thinking through how to use the land, and he had it as a tool for healthcare, for education, for jobs, so that everyone has the opportunity to support their families in the way that they hope to.". Count Generation, name, (birth - death) 1: 1 Cecil, John Francis Amherst … "His 'country' was Western North Carolina," he said, "And everything he did, he wanted to leave it better than he found it.". "When I joined him [in the company], he told me that was our goal. "And not only just having a family, but a strong family based on lots of love and respect," she said. This just happened to be what we were born into.". "We learned responsibility very early on, and we learned humility very early on. Some George Washington Vanderbilt II images. WhatsApp. Cecil is survived by his six children and their spouses, as well as sixteen grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. 1928 The Cecils welcome their second son. "You can't change that that's what you were born into," said Edith of her famous family. "We would depart early morning and arrive back home just in time for dinner - exhausted, but so happy that we had just spent the entire day with Dad doing the thing he loved most from his childhood.". "And more importantly, this strong sense of not only understanding who you are and where you come from, but the importance of giving back to your community and those that are less fortunate. George Cecil and his younger brother, William, would eventually inherit the Estate and all its holdings, including Biltmore Farms, one of the largest and most successful dairy operations in the Southeast, and Biltmore House, America's largest home. Share. George Henry Vanderbilt Cecil, beloved husband of Nancy Owen Cecil for sixty-one years, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, October 19, 2020, surrounded by his six children and overlooking the beautiful fall splendor of the garden where he and Nancy spent so much of their joyous life together. How will Biltmore Estate handle the transition to new owners? On Aug. 21, Cecil was presented the Ambassador of Agriculture Award from N.C. Commissioner of Agriculture, Steve Troxler. At the age of 7 George Cecil and his younger brother, William, moved to Europe, living between England and Switzerland. He died in October 2020 at the age of 95. George Henry Vanderbilt Cecil (born February 27, 1925) is the owner and operator of Biltmore Farms. Hudson - October 25, 2020. “He went to enormous effort and lengths, through family gatherings whether at home or on trips,” Jack Cecil said, "to keep our family together, to keep us close. "His passion for giving individuals (opportunities) for self-improvement and his desire to experience area wide progress was a constant motivation for his dedication and support.". His great great grandfather was railroad and steamship baron, Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt. "He would make sure we were dressed warmly, had our lace-up ski boots secured, gathered the necessary equipment and had the picnic lunch packed and piled into the family station wagon," Cecil said. George Henry Vanderbilt Cecil (born February 27, 1925) is the owner and operator of Biltmore Farms. Recognizing the need for quality health care in the western North Carolina region, they supported many aspects of the hospital, including the creation of the neo-natal intensive care unit and the chapel at Mission’s Health SECU Cancer Center. 1879. YouTube Encyclopedic. He was the grandson of George Washington Vanderbilt II and great-grandson of William Henry Vanderbilt and a second cousin of Gloria Vanderbilt. That … Biltmore Farms had continued to grow under George's management, transforming it into a profitable real estate business that serves the Asheville area.[3][4]. ASHEVILLE – George Henry Vanderbilt Cecil, a member of the famed Vanderbilt family who headed the Biltmore Farms development company for decades, died … John and Cornelia’s second son, William Amherst Vanderbilt Cecil, is born in the Louis XV Room where she herself was born. Twitter. Early life Edit He was the younger son of John Francis Amherst Cecil (1890–1954) and Cornelia Stuyvesant Vanderbilt (1900–1976). By. He married Nancy Owen Cecil and together they had six children: John ("Jack") F. A. V. Cecil,[2][5] Edith Ann Cecil, Catherine Cecil Taylor, Margaret Cecil Sinnott, Louisa Cecil Harrison, and Christopher Cecil. Upon the death of his mother, Cornelia Stuyvesant Vanderbilt, George was given the choice of taking over Biltmore Farms (the family dairy) or the Estate. In 1984, Jack Cecil returned to work alongside his father, serving in various capacities until being named President and CEO of Biltmore Farms in 1992. John and Cornelia Vanderbilt Cecil’s first son, George Henry Vanderbilt Cecil, is born at the estate. Pinterest. He is the first of two sons born to John Francis Amherst Cecil (1890–1954) and Cornelia Stuyvesant Vanderbilt (1900–1976) and is the grandson of George Washington Vanderbilt II , the founder of the Biltmore Estate .” "To acknowledge George Cecil as the founding father of WNC Communities, while significant, is pale in comparison to his personal contribution to Western North Carolina through his 71 years of leadership, generosity and wise counsel," Ward wrote. Cecil, married to Nancy Owen Cecil for 61 years, died peacefully surrounded by his six children, according to his obituary. William Cecil was the younger son of John Francis Amherst Cecil (1890–1954) and Cornelia Stuyvesant Vanderbilt (1900–1976). All rights reserved. George Henry Vanderbilt Cecil (born February 27, 1925) is the owner and operator of Biltmore Farms.He is the first of two sons born to John Francis Amherst Cecil (1890–1954) and Cornelia Stuyvesant Vanderbilt (1900–1976) and is the grandson of George Washington Vanderbilt II, the founder of the Biltmore Estate.He was educated in Europe and served in the Royal Navy during World War II. [2][3], Cecil was born at Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina. When not in their garden, he and Nancy traveled the world together, often with their six children, and they made countless return trips to England and Switzerland reuniting with family and friends. Read More Posts navigation. © 2021 www.citizen-times.com. A passion of George Cecil was the development and growth of Biltmore Dairy Farms, which under his direction grew to become one of the south’s largest full-service dairy companies. Discover the family tree of George Henry Vanderbilt Cecil for free, and learn about their family history and their ancestry. Memorial Funeral Home – London. George Henry Vanderbilt Cecil (grandson) William Amherst Vanderbilt Cecil (grandson) Family: Vanderbilt Net worth: Under Review. ", "George’s contribution to improving the quality of life for mountain folks is unmatched," he continued. More:How will Biltmore Estate handle the transition to new owners? Henry Cecil Death – Obituary | Dead – George Henry Vanderbilt Cecil Passed Away. Cecil, George Henry Vanderbilt. Two years later, the Biltmore Company was formed to manage the estate. Ward wrote in a dedication to Cecil, which he shared with the Citizen Times. His elder son, John F. A. V. Cecil, is currently the president of Biltmore Farms. 1 / 3. Although it's an uncommon situation to be born into a family that served as stewards of such vast holdings, Edith Cecil, one of George and Nancy Cecil's six Asheville-born children, said her parents put great importance on keeping the family grounded in reality. "His legacy will be an inspiration for many in years to come.". Needham Funeral Service – London. "The book will be published within a couple months and will be an awesome read. Of his professional legacy, Jack Cecil recalled a tale from before his or his father's time, dating back to the family's origins in the mountains. Sep 8, 2017 - George Henry Vanderbilt Cecil - (1st son of Cornelia) Biltmore Dairy - Biltmore Farms Generations: Ascendants. It is with deep sorrow that we announce the death of George Henry Vanderbilt Cecil (Asheville, North Carolina), who passed away on October 19, 2020, at the age of 95, leaving to mourn family and friends. ", "It documents the early and continuous involvement of George over these many years," Ward said. Log in to add your anonymous rating. After George Vanderbilt's death in 1914, Biltmore Estate was held in trust for George and Edith Vanderbilt's only child, Cornelia Stuyvesant Vanderbilt. [3] Leaving the estate for his younger brother William Amherst Vanderbilt Cecil, George chose to take ownership of Biltmore Farms which, at the time, was much more profitable. Among the organizational accomplishments over the 71 years is an effective rural community development program, which lifted up a total of 461 communities through what Ward called "self-help programs to improve community life.". O’Neil Funeral Home (London) Ltd. – London . "That’s what drove him," Cecil said. Cecil, who spoke four languages, was known for his curiosity about the world, his family said in his obituary, his love for history and facts, appreciation of community and friends, humility, and recognition for the needs of others and love of family. The son of the Hon. "He was the longest serving board member with his more than 71 years of service without retiring," WNC Communities Vice President L.T. [6], Mary Rothes Margaret Cecil, Baroness Amherst of Hackney, William Tyssen-Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst of Hackney, "Executive Team – Biltmore Farms, LLC Asheville NC", "In Asheville, a Vanderbilt Sets Sights Beyond Tourism", "Biltmore's Cecil Family Inspires Student Leaders", "George Cecil, Vanderbilt's grandson and Biltmore Farms owner, dies at 95", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=George_Henry_Vanderbilt_Cecil&oldid=989352358, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 18 November 2020, at 14:18. You can send your sympathy in the guestbook provided and share it with the family. "Keeping us close, his devotion to his family - that is who he was.". “George Henry Vanderbilt Cecil (born February 27, 1925) is the owner and operator of Biltmore Farms. Cecil, Vanderbilt's grandson and Biltmore owner, dead at 89. Ward said Cecil directly impacted the lives of hundreds of college freshmen with scholarship funds. 0. "Notwithstanding the fact that George never wanted to be in the limelight or on the radar, he was inducted into the WNC Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1997, presented The Order of the Long Leaf Pine by the Governor of North Carolina in 2015, during his 90th birthday celebration," Ward said. 506. During his lifetime Cecil served on numerous boards including Carolina Power & Light, Multimedia Communications, First Union National Bank, UNC Hospitals, North Carolina Medical Care Commission and Memorial Mission Hospital. The couple had two sons, George Henry Vanderbilt Cecil (born in 1925) and William Amherst Vanderbilt Cecil (born in 1928), and also helped stimulate the economy during the Great Depression by opening Biltmore House to paying guests in 1930. He was 95 years old. George Henry Vanderbilt Cecil (February 27, 1925 – October 19, 2020) was an American businessman who was the owner and chairman of Biltmore Farms. He is the first of two sons born to John Francis Amherst Cecil (1890–1954) and Cornelia Stuyvesant Vanderbilt (1900–1976) and is the grandson of George Washington Vanderbilt II, the founder of the Biltmore Estate. Biography/Timeline. Henry Cecil Death – Obituary | Dead – Passed Away. George Henry Vanderbilt Cecil (February 27, 1925 – October 19, 2020) was an American businessman who was the owner and chairman of Biltmore Farms. That’s him. For Edith Cecil, that's manifested in a lifetime of working in the not-for-profit sector. 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