Whelden, Jr., George A.
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George A. Whelden, Jr., of New Milford passed away on June 18th, 2014. Known as "Pop" to generations, George, a former service member with the United States Marine Corps., was comforted by the staff of the Waterbury Hospital and surrounded by family at the time of his passing.
George was born on December 19th, 1959 in Barnstable, MA. He attended Cape Tech Regional Vocational High School in Harwich, MA and went on to serve as a Military Police Officer with the United States Marine Corps where he received a Good Conduct Medal. After his time with the US Marines, George worked in a variety of professions which included carpentry, auto mechanics, and also served as professional driver where he represented the Northeast Region in a National Transit Bus "Rodeo" in 1992. George always had a passion for cooking so he enrolled himself in a local culinary school, graduated at the top of his class, and recently formed "Chef G's Catering Company".
An avid sportsman, George led an active life. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, camping trips with the family, and playing billiards. He competed in local softball leagues and he also loved to bowl. He was often found at Lore's Lanes in New Milford where he played in both the Monday adult/child league with his grandchildren and in the Wednesday adult league.
George is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Mrs. Thelma-Ann Whelden, four adult children, Summer Strickland of Gordo, AL, Bill Whelden, Tiffani Whelden, and Anthony Morrissey, Sr. of New Milford. George's legacy includes ten grandchildren and he is also survived by several nieces & nephews as well as three brothers, Daniel Whelden and Paul and David Pacheco of Yarmouth, MA. He was predeceased by his mother Margrita Kuntz and younger brother Richard Whelden.
Full Military Honors will be bestowed by American Legion Post 31 at 10:00am on Saturday, August 9th, 2014 and will be held near the Memorial Wall at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, 86 Fort Hill Road in New Milford, CT 06776.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Lore's Lanes Youth Bowling League in memory of George A. Whelden, Jr., as this would be his wish.
Published in News Times on Aug. 6, 2014