LIDBACK - George S. , 82, of Warren, CT died peacefully Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 at the Village Crest Center for Health and Rehabilitation, New Milford, CT. He was born June 11, 1932, the son of the late George S. and Isabel M. Lidback, 60 Putnam St., East Boston, MA. On June 10, 1961 he married Diana E. Gardner of Long Island, NY. George and Diana resided in West Hempstead, New York and later moved to Warren, CT where they lived out their lives in the serenity of their home, nestled in the hills just north of Lake Waramaug. Diana preceded George on October 4, 2009, following 48 years of marriage. In 1949 he proudly enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where he continued to serve his country for over 31 years. He held the prestigious rank of Captain at the time of his retirement in 1980. He will always be remembered as a loving husband, a deeply spiritual man who dedicated his life to the church, especially Historic St. George's Church in Hempstead, N.Y and St Andrews Church in Marbledale CT, his close family and friends, and the many charities that he faithfully supported. He was a global minded individual, an avid reader and was always abreast of current events. He was a true lover of nature, animals and a steward of the land. For those who had the pleasure of knowing George, his calming nature and loving heart inspired one to become "a better person". He is predeceased by his sister Margaret and brothers Bruce and Henry Lidback. He is survived by his brother Keith Lidback, his "son" Craig Young, his sister in-laws Janice Lidback, Pam Spano and her husband Tony, his brother in-law Geoffrey Gardner and his wife Joan. His nieces and nephews; Susan Lidback, Stanley Lidback and wife Sheri, Marion Devlin and husband Robert, Kathryn and Rebecca Gardner. His grand-nephews Nicholas, Kevin and Daniel Devlin, his close childhood friend, Phillip Anthes as well as many other loving friends and family members. A celebration of life is scheduled for Saturday, October 25, 2014, 2:00p.m. St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Marbledale, CT. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to St. Andrews Episcopal Church in Marbledale, Connecticut, St. George's Episcopal Church in Hempstead, NY or the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund in Oceanside, CA.
Published in Newsday on Aug. 30, 2014