George E. Thorne, 87, formerly of Waltham, Mass. passed away on May 29th in Hiawassee, GA., where he had lived since 1995. George was born in Waltham Mass. on June 19, 1925, the youngest child of Earl M. and Stella (Stevens) Thorne. George is survived by his two beloved daughters, Ellen E. Spilva and her husband Will of Shrewsbury, MA, and Gail A. Hughes, and her husband Bill of Waltham; 5 grandchildren: Lisa Elliott & Brett Spilva; Kristin Gardner, Kimberly LaFauci & Michael Hughes; 4 great-granddaughters: Ashley & Megan Elliott, Marin Spilva and Allison Gardner, and many friends in Georgia. He was predeceased by the love of his life, and wife of 63 years, Betty in 2011; and a son, George A. Thorne in 1984. George served in the US Navy, aboard the USS Bunker Hill. He was a fireman in the boiler room when it was hit and crippled by a Kamikaze Pilot on May 11, 1945. The story of the USS Bunker Hill, and George, were featured in Maxwell Kennedys 2008 book Dangers Hour. Over the years George and Betty enjoyed attending Bunker Hill Reunions with his fellow shipmates. He was a Lieutenant on the Waltham Fire Department, and served at Engine 8 until his retirement in 1982. He and Betty loved to travel and spent many happy years traveling the country in their RV. A memorial service for George will be held on Wednesday, July 10, at 7:00 p.m. at Christ Church, Main Street, Waltham. Burial, at the National Cemetery in Bourne, will be private and at a later date.
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Published in Waltham News Tribune from July 5 to July 12, 2013