George Raburn, vice president of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors-National Association, passed away on Saturday, March 20, after a recurrence of cancer.
“We are extremely sad to lose such a wonderful man and supporter of our industry,” said PHCC-National Association President Skip Pfeffer. “He was always ready to make the extra effort to ensure an issue was heard or an event was a success. George was a happy, positive-thinking southern gentleman that we are all going to miss.”
George and wife, Karen Raburn, founded Raburn & Raburn Plumbing Company, Inc., Stockbridge, Ga., in 1989. Raburn was a member of the PHCC Board of Directors from 2006-2009, representing Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. He was elected PHCC vice president in 2009. He held several committee positions within PHCC-National Association, including the Insurance Trust, Retirement Plan Trust and 2008 Convention (Atlanta, Ga.) Planning Task Force. He also was a member of the PHCC Educational Foundation Board of Directors and was the Invest in Your Future Committee co-chair.
At the state level, he was a member of the board of directors for PHCC of Georgia since 1995 and served as state president in 1999-2000 and 2003-2004. He represented PHCC of Georgia on the Department of Community Affairs State Codes Advisory Committee from 1997-1999, served on the board of the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia from 1997-2000 and was chair of the PHCC of Georgia Plumbing Apprenticeship Program and Trade Council from 1998-2000. In 1998 PHCC of Georgia recognized their company with the Contractor of the Year Award.
Raburn is survived by his wife, Karen, four children and seven grandchildren. Visitation will be 4 p.m.-8 p.m. this Wednesday at Thomas Scroggs Funeral Home in Morrow, Ga. The funeral will be at 3 p.m. this Thursday at Sharon Baptist Church in McDonough, Ga.