George Edward Withers, 80
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CAPE ELIZABETH -- George Edward Withers, 80, died peacefully, at home, on Easter morning.
George was born on August 28, 1932, in Gloucester Mass. to George Harvey and Josephine Olsen Withers. The family moved back to Cape Elizabeth when George was young and he attended Cape Elizabeth Schools. George was a part of a large extended family that loved to gather and share time together.
Commercial fishing was his occupation beginning in his mid-teens, traveling along the Maine coast and into Canada for ground fish. As his family grew he took a position as engineer on a tug, in Portland, for Boston Fuel Transportation, in order to be closer to home. He kept a string of lobster traps from a young age, and his son Michael, with wife Lynn, followed him into this business. In later years he worked for Cianbro Corporation. He was a member of the Masons, Hiram Lodge for 50+ years and the Kora Temple Shrine.
Predeceased by his parents and beloved son Michael Jordan (Lynn) Withers; siblings, Philip Cummings, Eleanor Feeney, Wilbur Withers, Sharon Groothius. George was happiest whenever there was an opportunity to be with family members.
Survived by the love of his life, and wife of 60 years, Carole Ann (Jordan) Withers; and his beloved children, Mark Edward Withers, Wendy (Mark) Toothaker, Kristi Ann Withers and Stephanie Ann Withers,brothers, Wayne, (Jeanette) Withers, Walter (Ellen) Jordan, James (Mary) O'Brion.
Great joy was found in being a part of his grandchildren lives; Jami Lynn (Joseph) Conley, Kyle Everett (Heather) Toothaker, Megan Giroux, Michael Jordan Withers Jr., Kerri Ann (John) Anderson, Jordan Mark Toothaker, Elizabeth Carolynn Hazel and Evan Philip (MacKenzie) Hazel. Great grandchildren: Kailey Brown, Anthony and
George Edward Withers
Samantha Conley, Brooke and Lily Giroux, and Erik and Torin Toothaker, each brought a twinkle to his eyes and abounding energy to his life.
George shared his knowledge of fishing and lobstering with his children and grandchildren and there were many times over the years to go out in the boat and learn where the rocks were hidden at high tide and the best spots to set your gear. Times spent on Richmond Island with family and friends bring back many memories. His garage was another learning adventure, containing almost anything needed to fix your car, build a structure or create a project.
George and Carole enjoyed travel in their RV, visiting every state (except Hawaii) and much of Canada. The Fryeburg Fair was not missed and they had their photos taken there each year.
Many thanks and gratitude to all of the VNA/Home Health Hospice care givers for their support, our family would have been at a loss without your guidance and care. A special thank you to; Shelley, Sara, Hope, Nancy and Don for their gentle, kind, and loving care. Our family appreciates your dedication and amazing skills at care giving.
A special thank you to Wayne and Scuppie, for their dedication to visiting daily, and providing the local updates that meant so much. The entire family is grateful that Megan, Kerri, Jordan and Elizabeth had the ability to give their time and energies to Gramp's care.
A celebration of Georges' life will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the Cape Elizabeth Lions Club from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Arrangements by the Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland. Online condolences may be expressed at www.hobbsfuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to:
The 'Make a Wish Foundation' 477 Congress Street
Portland, ME 04101
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Apr. 2, 2013