ORONO -- William James Georgitis died peacefully on May 19, 2013, at Seal Rock Nursing Facility in Saco after a brief illness. He was born in Hartford, Conn., on Jan. 3, 1921, the son of James K. Georgetsos of Sparta, Greece and Beatrice Betton of Portsmouth, N.H. He graduated from Bristol H.S. in 1938 and earned his B.A. from Bowdoin in 1942 and M.S from UMaine Orono in 1949 and conducted advanced studies at Ohio State University
Bill married Mary Helen Wyman of Milbridge on Aug. 14, 1943, and enjoyed 59 years of loving marriage until her passing on Oct. 19, 2002.
Bill served in the Navy as LTJG and XO on PT Boat 546 'Timberwolf' in the region of the Treasury Islands in the Soloman Sea in the South Pacific in WWII
. Bill worked as a chemist at Dennison Paper Co. in Natick, Mass., and taught at schools in Sanford and Bucksport, before starting a 30 year career in the Chemistry Dept. at UMaine Orono in 1956. Bill retired in 1986 where he further enjoyed crosswords, reading, gardening, following college and professional football and hockey, framing his wife's paintings and supporting friends as well as numerous charities.
He is survived by his five sons, Dr. James Georgitis and Debra of Kennebunkport, Dr. William Georgitis and Betsy of Silver Thorne, Colo., Dr. John Georgitis and Judi of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., Robert Georgitis and Kerry of Kennebunk and Stuart Georgitis, Ph.D. and Dona of West Newbury, Mass.; 16 grandchildren, Nathan, Jason Esq., Jonathan, Elizabeth (NP), Kate (Grover, Pa.), Dr. Emily (Stanton), Dr. Nancy (Linscott), Kathryn (Irvine, Ph.D.), Matthew Esq., Jared, James, Abigail, Sarah Helen, William, Mary and Samuel Georgitis; and 12 great-grandchildren, Emerson (Linscott), Hazel (Irvine) Chloe, Theawren, Silas, Cicelia, Max, William (Stanton), Jake (Grover), Anastasia, Bronwynn, Alexandria Georgitis. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his wife, Mary Helen Wyman Georgitis; and his grandson Jeremy.
Bill requested only immediate family services with burial at Stanley's Point in Steuben.
He wishes any donations to be made in your name to your
remembering best that he was simply your friend.
William 'Bill' James Georgitis