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STOCKBRIDGE, GA. — 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 Co. 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-NA, 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 was scheduled for March 24, at Thomas Scroggs Funeral Home, Morrow, Ga., and the funeral on March 25, at Sharon Baptist Church, McDonough, Ga.