George Raymond Barton
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1924-2012 George Raymond Barton (Uncle George), formerly of Otis, passed peacefully at his home in Munds Park, Ariz. on October 31, 2012, surrounded by family and friends.
He was born in Otis, Mass. on Dec. 29, 1924, to Samuel D. Barton and May H. Johnson. He graduated from Otis Elementary and Lee High School. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he met Ruth M. Osgood and married her on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, 1951.
He was a hardworking man raised in Otis, Mass. He dedicated his life to helping others. He served as Fire Chief in Otis for 40 years. He and 11 other members of the fire department started an ambulance service in 1955. He was an active Mason for 66 years. He was a member of the Berkshire County Forest Wardens Association. He was the Otis Highway Superintendent and an active member of the Otis Kiwanis Club. He moved to Munds Park, Arizona in 1988. George continued his service to the community by joining the Pinewood Fire Department and Ambulance Services. He was also a board member of the Pinewood Sewer Department. George then became Munds Park's handy man and could be seen driving his white van or a green tractor around the area.
George was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth M. Barton, and his brother, Edmund D. Barton.
He is survived by his two children, Jeffery A. Barton of 1990 N. Mountain Rd., North Ogden, Utah 84414 and Carolyn Wilander of 202 Second St., Pittsfield, MA 01201; his sister, Frances Maggard of Camp Verde, Ariz.; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shriners Hospital. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. A local memorial service will be held at a later time.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Nov. 15, 2012