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George Flashner

1923-2013 LENOX George Flashner, 89, died at home on September 25, 2013. Born in Salem on November 8, 1923 he was the son of A. Samuel and Rose Flashner. After graduating from Salem High School, George enlisted in the Navy during World War II. He completed Navigator, Radio and Gunnery schools in Florida and was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Bennington, serving as a radioman and gunner in Torpedo Squadron 82, flying in planes known as Avengers. George's squadron completed many bombing missions in the Pacific Theater and he survived a crash landing on Okinawa. He was awarded the Navy's Distinguished Flying Cross, four Air Medals for meritorious achievement, a Presidential Citation and medals for his actions in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. After completing his service, George attended Northeastern University, graduating in 1950. In 1955 he joined the General Electric Co. in Syracuse, N.Y. as an engineer. In 1962 he was transferred to Huntsville, Ala. to work on the space program, and in 1974 he moved to Pittsfield to work in GE's Naval Ordnance Division. During his time at GE he served as President of the GE Engineers Association, and was treasurer for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers for over ten years. For many years George was a volunteer tutor at Literacy Volunteers of Berkshire County, helping adults improve their reading and writing skills. He was named their Tutor of the Year in 2003. He was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Jewish War Veterans and the American Legion. He enjoyed playing golf and tennis. George is survived by his wife, Marjorie, and son, Perry; his sister, Frances Baker and her husband, Jordan, of Beverly; his sisters-in-law, Mildred Ragosin of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and Elaine Flashner of Randolph; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Murray; and his brothers, Milton and Harold Flashner. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services will take place on Sunday, September 29, 2103 at 12:30 p.m. at the GOLDMAN FUNERAL HOME, 174 Ferry St. Malden, Mass. 02148 Burial will follow in the Maple Hill Cemetery in Peabody. Donations in George's memory may be made to a .
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Sept. 27, 2013
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