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1953 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
WIGHTMAN, George Hotchkiss Died peacefully at his home in Boxford, MA, surrounded by his family, on Friday August 26, 2016 after a long illness. Born in Boston on June 5, 1953, George grew up in Wayland, MA the son of beloved parents, William and Sally Wightman. He was the proud 11th generation namesake of George Wightman who left England in pursuit of opportunity and settled in Wickford, Rhode Island in 1654. George had a happy childhood roaming the fields, woods and ponds of rural Wayland. He loved being in the outdoors. He was a gifted athlete with natural abilities that allowed him to pick up just about any sport and be good at it. He had a special proficiency in tennis and ping pong which especially pleased his paternal grandmother, Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, known as "The Queen Mother of Tennis." George graduated from The Belmont Hill School and The University of Vermont, majoring in History and Political Science. He later attended Boston University and studied Computer Science. He worked for many years at Wang Laboratories. He also worked for Bolt, Beranek and Newman. He became an independent contractor and had his own business until a year before his death. George spent his childhood summers in Chatham, MA where he loved driving his compact speedboat, "The Blue Bomber" perilously close to the buoys that marked the channel in Pleasant Bay. George had an appetite for life and loved to push the boundaries. He had a wry sense of humor and a wonderful singing voice. He had a special penchant for singing Beatles and Stones tunes along with the jukebox at the Chatham Squire. He met his future bride, Jennifer Hunter, at the Squire. It was love at first sight. George is survived by his wife, Jennifer, by his adored children, Brendan Wightman, Alex Wightman and Elizabeth Wightman and by his sister, Baysie Wightman, and her husband, Cleve Cogswell, of Charlestown, MA. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Church in Topsfield, MA this Saturday, Sept. 3 at 3 o'clock. Arrangements by the Campbell Funeral Home 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA 01915 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Parkinson Research Foundation. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com

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Published in The Boston Globe on Aug. 31, 2016
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