George C. Kearns Sr.

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George C. Kearns Sr., 88
SOUTH PORTLAND - George C. Kearns Sr., 88, of Surfsite Road, died peacefully Friday, Feb. 3, 2017, at his home with his loving family by his side.
He was born in South Portland on Oct. 12, 1928, the son of the late James H. and Marion G. (Parks) Kearns. He attended local schools and at 16 left school and joined the Merchant Marines.
He later enlisted in the United States Army. During his time in the service he served a tour of duty in Korea and two tours of duty in Vietnam. After more than 20 years of service, receiving several letters of commendation, Vietnam Service medal, Vietnam Campaign medal, National Defense Service medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Good Conduct medal, and a Bronze Star, just to name a few, he retired from the Army in 1970.
On Dec.16, 1950, George married Madeline L. Malpass and together they raised their family while stationed at various military bases in the United States and Europe. They finally retired in Portland, where they had grown up.
While in the Army, George earned his high school diploma. After retiring from the Army, he worked for W. T. Grant, and security for USM, before going to work for the United States Postal Service, a career which spanned more than 20 years, ending with his retirement in 1995.
He was a communicant of St. John the Evangelist Church in South Portland and later St. Maximilian Kolbe in Scarborough. He also was a life member of the Portland Post of the VFW.
In his spare time, George loved going out to eat with family and friends, taking walks, and exercising on his stationary bike and trampoline, activities he was doing right up until recent months.
He loved to gather around family and friends and tell his stories with that special Irish sparkle. His greatest love was the time he spent surrounded by his grandchildren and great-grand-children, whom he adored and inspired daily.
His love for them was returned tenfold by the care, attention, and love that all his grandchildren showed to him, especially in recent months of failing health. The love each of the grandchildren showed to their grandfather is greater than any words can express.
George was predeceased by his wife, Madeline Kearns, in 2007; a sister, Mary Kearns; and three brothers, John, James, and Bernard Kearns.
He is survived by three sons, Gary Kearns, of Westbrook; George Kearns Jr., of South Portland; and John T. and wife Pamela Kearns, of Old Orchard Beach; four daughters, Pamela and husband Robert Charette, of Fort Kent; Patricia and husband Robert Johnson, of Buxton; Catherine and husband Roger Jackson, of Gorham; and Marion Slusser, of Westbrook; fifteen grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to VNA Home Health Hospice, especially Marla and Shelly, for the great care given to their dad. They also would like to extend a special thank you to MMC IR Radiology Department.
Visiting hours will be held Monday, Feb. 6, 2017, from 10 a.m.-noon at the
Conroy-Tully Walker South Portland Chapel,
1024 Broadway. A service will follow at the chapel at noon, with the Rev. Harold Moreshead officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Broadway, South Portland. To view George's memorial page or to share an online condolence, please visit:

Contributions for those who wish to may be made in George's memory to:
VNA Home Health Hospice
50 Foden Road
South Portland, ME 04106

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Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Homes
1024 Broadway
South Portland, ME 04106
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Feb. 5, 2017
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