Edgar P. George, 92
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KENNEBUNK -- Edgar P. George, 92, of Chelmsford, Mass., Daytona Beach, Fla., and Kennebunk, died on June 10, 2012, with his two sons, Gary and Dave, at his side.
He was born in Lowell, Mass., on Sept. 5, 1919, the oldest son of Winslow Parker and Esther Mae (Barnard) George. Ed was educated in the Chelmsford, Mass., school system, where he starred in football and baseball in his high school years. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps, as a Link Trainer flight simulator instructor during WWII.
He worked for John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, retiring as a Vice President in 1976, after 38 years of service with the company. He also served as a sports editor of the Chelmsford Newsweekly for several years. He was one of the charter officers of the Chelmsford Little League when it was founded.
Ed served as Sunday School Superintendent, Senior Warden, and coach of the perennially powerful Boys Basketball Team at All Saints Episcopal Church in Chelmsford. He was a Selectman in Chelmsford for six years, including Chairman of the Board, and was also a member of the Chelmsford Finance Board, also serving as Chairman for two terms.
Ed and his wife Shirley moved to Daytona Beach, Fla., in 1976 where they enjoyed a long and very active retirement. While in Daytona, Ed served as the Budget Chairman for the founding and building of the Cornerstone Evangelical Church. Ed and Shirley later became members of the White Chapel in Daytona Beach. They traveled and entertained extensively, and for a while, Ed, with Shirley as hostess, organized and ran chartered bus trips around the country for their friends and neighbors under the name Ed George Bus Tours.
Ed considered golf his second
Edgar P. George
job and played constantly, achieving a four handicap and becoming a Charter Member of the PGA Partners Club.
Ed and Shirley lived in Daytona Beach until May, 2001, when they moved to Kennebunk to be closer to family. Upon moving to Kennebunk, Ed and Shirley became members of the Sea Road Church in Kennebunk.
In 1998 Ed was extremely honored to be elected to the Chelmsford High School Alumni Hall of Fame. This was an honor that he truly cherished. His joyful outlook on virtually every undertaking, along with a buoyant and contagious sense of humor made him a welcome force wherever he went. His caring and compassionate nature served him well in his many church and charitable activities.
Ed was predeceased by his high school sweetheart and loving wife Shirley; and a brother Barnard. He is survived by a brother, Parker of Port Orange, Fla.; two sons, Gary and his wife Maureen, and David and his wife Nancy, all of Wells; three grandchildren, Victoria George, Stephen George, and Michael George; and five great-grandchildren, Quontay Turner, Delaney Turner, Kaila George, Andrew George, and Justin George.
The family would like to thank the staff at St. Andre Health Care Facility in Biddeford for their support, respect, and genuine caring for Ed. They would also like to thank the staff from Sol Amor Hospice for additional support during Ed's final days.
A graveside service will be held at the Pine Ridge Cemetery in Chelmsford, Mass., at a later date. Arrangements are in care of Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk www.bibberfuneral.com.
Bibber Memorial Chapel
67 Summer Street
Kennebunk, ME 04043
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on June 14, 2012