George “Gunnar” Carlberg

Passed: July 31, 2020

George “Gunnar” Carlberg

Passed: July 31, 2020


On Friday, July 31st, 2020, George “Gunnar” Carlberg passed suddenly at the age of 65. He was a loving husband to Robin, proud father of Ian and Taylor, fur babies, Suki and Spartacus, brother to Tom (Brunella) Carlberg, sister, Jan Graf and nephews, Andy, Christopher, and Erik. Gunnar was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mary, brother Michael and nephew, Peter.

Gunnar was born June 28th, 1955 and raised in Northbrook, IL, a graduate of Glenbrook North High School. Gunnar followed in his father’s footsteps, running his own business as a master carpenter and general contractor.

Gunnar had a zest for life- he was a lover of wine, women, and general debauchery! After years of working weekends at the Bristol Renaissance Faire, he proclaimed himself the “King of the Dancing Gypsies.” Anyone who met Gunnar has a fun story to tell you. He was an unapologetic, well-traveled, larger than life Swede at 6’5”, resembling a Viking. Proud accomplishments include perfecting Gunnar’s Glogg and being Shihan Gangi’s perpetual green belt in martial arts. He was known for his quick wit, infectious smile, and often laughing at his own jokes and antics. He was a big kid at heart. No surprise that Halloween was his favorite holiday, creating amazing costumes for himself and his family. The kids in the neighborhood loved to see the funny “eyeball man” who gave out lots of candy (often chocolate – since it was HIS favorite)!

Gunnar was truly one of a kind, unforgettable, compassionate, and kind. His memory will live forever in our hearts and minds.

The family welcomes donations to American Heart Association as an expression of sympathy in lieu of flowers.

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11 responses to George “Gunnar” Carlberg

  1. Mark says:

    I remember him as a “VERY” accomplished gymnast in High School. He would come to the YMCA to continue practicing even after practicing at the high school with Stan Kopielski. May he Rest In Peace……

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