George B.Weir

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George B. Weir
BRUNSWICK -- George B. Weir, beloved husband, father and grandfather, died on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at MidCoast Hospital in Brunswick, after a valiant battle against cancer.
He was born on Aug. 31,1932, in Holyoke, Colo., but grew up in Medford, Ore., where he attended local schools. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1955 with an honors degree in English. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and served with the ASA at NATO headquarters in Paris from 1955 to 1958.
After discharge he entered the editorial training program at McGraw-Hill Book Co., NYC, where he met his future wife, Martha. From 1958 to 1964 he worked there and at their subsidiary, Webster Publishing Co. in St. Louis, Mo. He returned to New York in 1965 to become the sponsoring automotive editor in the Technical Education Division until 1970 when he moved with his family to Orr's Island.
In 1970 he began work as a journalist at Guy Gannett Publishing Co., where he remained until retirement in 1995. In his years at the Press Herald he wore many hats: copy editor, reporter, editorial writer, music critic (with wife Martha), and Auto Talk columnist in the Sunday Telegram for more than 25 years. He also served as a valued mentor to many fledgling journalists.
His public service included youth hockey coach at Bowdoin College, the Maine Highway Safety Committee, MDOT regional advisory committee, the Harpswell cable television committee, and the Harpswell Recycling Committee.
George loved fishing, gardening, bird watching, cars and auto racing, skating with the Maine Mariners, Shakespeare, good books, fine wine, classical music, the Beatles, and time spent with family and friends, sharing their joys and sorrows. George brought to each day's living his remarkable energy and witty humor, even during his grave illness. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
He was predeceased by his father, George, his mother, Agnes; and only sibling, Allan. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Martha; his son Matthew and wife Molly, his daughter Leslie Weir Lang and husband Glenn; his grandchildren, Isabelle and Noah Lang, Logan and Duncan Weir; sister and brother- in-law, Alayne and Geoffrey Boland, sister-in-law Gwenythe Snackey, brother-in-law Otis Noyes; and niece, Heather Dickey.

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Oct. 20, 2013
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