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George Wyer Rundlett
WADING RIVER, N.Y. -- George Wyer Rundlett, formerly of Portland, passed away on April 24, 2014, after complications from surgery and a long illness. At the time of his death he was a resident of Wading River, Long Island, N.Y., where he was employed as a nuclear safety instructor for Brookhaven National Laboratories. He was born in Portland on Aug. 15, 1940, and attended public schools in Portland, Standish, and Rockland.
Following high school he enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany as a surgical technician before returning to the United States and settling in Orono, where he graduated from the University of Maine, receiving a degree in education. After graduation from college he served as a science teacher for the Bangor public school system. During his teaching career in Maine he also went to officer's candidate school and achieved the rank of Captain and was a commander for a National Guard engineering unit in Newport. He attended the Embry Riddle School of Flight, earning his wings, and became a proficient helicopter pilot which resulted in receiving commendation for performing so called 'missions of mercy' for the medical evacuation of injured people throughout Maine. He later became a member of the prestigious group known as the Quiet Birdmen and he served as commander of his American Legion Post in Wading River, N.Y.
He was an avid sports car enthusiast and won numerous awards driving in rally competitions throughout New England. In 1964 he was appointed chairman of the Penobscot Citizens Safety Council and during that year took a team of drivers, including his brother Derry, to Montreal, Canada for an international sports car driving competition
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which was recognized on local television and by then Governor John Reed.
Fondly known as Buzz to his friends, family, fellow pilots and National Guardsmen he was known for both his musical and artistic talents. In his hometown in New York he painted a large mural for his local Congregational church and served as a deacon, lay minister, and pianist for his church with his wife Linda. His hobbies were many, among them painting, music, travel, and maintaining family connections. He was an ambassador of his extended family and was responsible for connecting the many generations of his family heritage all over the United States. His wit and story telling abilities were recognized by all he encountered. He was an excellent public speaker and teacher.
He was predeceased by his father, Ellsworth T. Rundlett II in 1958, his mother, Esther Nickerson Stevens Rundlett in 1981; his sister, Barbara Boynton Gerrish in 2010, and his twin brother, Lawrence Stevens Rundlett in August of 2014. He is survived by his beloved wife, Linda Rundlett; his three children, Elizabeth Elowitch of Portland and Boca Raton, Fla., Katherine Rundlett of Brewer, and Christine O'Rourke also of Brewer, two brothers, Ellsworth T. Rundlett III of Cape Elizabeth, and John Boynton of Houston, Texas; seven grandchildren, Wesley Tucker, Alana Elowitch, Michael Elowitch, Thomas O'Rourke, William O'Rourke, Christopher O'Rourke, and Sara O'Rourke; and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at the Jones Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland, on Saturday, May 3, 2014, at 1 p.m., with a viewing at 12 p.m., followed by interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Portland and a gathering of family and friends at the funeral home immediately thereafter.

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Apr. 30, 2014
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