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Obituary: Thomas Andrew George
Published Jan 5th, 2016
Thomas Andrew George of Cummaquid died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 in the company of his loving wife, Rebecca Brown George. He had lived with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, for 14 months and met its challenges with great courage and extreme bravery.
Tom was a self-proclaimed “Man of the Sea”. He tackled several successful commercial fishing seasons as Captain of the F/V Fisheye and owner of Fish Pier Charters at the Chatham Fish Pier. His love of the ocean began in Beetle Cats at the Hyannis Yacht Club and progressed into competing at the world championship in Olympic Class Stars. It was warm winter sailing that brought Tom to San Diego for six years, but while there he taught at an alternative high school for troubled youth.
Tom and Rebecca met at age 4 at the Northside Nursery School. They were friends throughout their school years, reconnected as adults and married in 2005.
After attending Yarmouth grade schools, he graduated from Northfield Mt. Hermon School, received a Bachelor of Arts from UMass Amherst and a Masters of Education from Lesley College.
Spending time with Tom meant spending time outdoors. He skied, gardened, raked clams, scalloped seasonally, and pursued nature’s gifts from the wilderness. As much as he loved the company of friends, he relished the solitude of an afternoon on the flats. As meaningful to him were his pets, including his rescued dachshund Lola, and dozens of backyard chickens over the last decade.
Tom never missed a chance for adventure. Travels with his wife and others brought him to many corners of the world, including this past year when he and Rebecca explored the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and crossed the Atlantic by ship on the QMII.
Many local charities benefited from Tom’s support. While employed by Intuit, he established their Relay for Life team. He loved a silent auction either by donating charter fishing trips on the Fisheye or outbidding the highest bidder. At the time of his passing, Tom was three weeks from his 45th birthday. In addition to leaving his wife Rebecca, he is survived by his parents, Thomas Nicholas George and Alice McConathy George of Yarmouth Port. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law Alicia and Miles Hutton of Waltham, his goddaughter Elise and niece Lila, and his brother Christopher Stuart George also of Yarmouth.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, January 8, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hallett Funeral Home, 273 Station Ave, South Yarmouth. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Francis Xavier Church, 347 South St, Hyannis at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 9. There will be a private burial at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation may be made to Compassionate Care ALS, P.O. Box 1052, West Falmouth, MA 02574, www.ccals.org.