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GEORGE WARREN GIDDINGS


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GEORGE WARREN GIDDINGS Obituary
GIDDINGS, George Warren Was born in Yonkers, NY on Oct. 17, 1920. He was the fourth of five children of Arthur T. Giddings and Mabelle Gulliver Giddings. George attended Yonkers public schools and graduated from Gorton High, where he excelled academically, and athletically. He attended Fisk University in Nashville, TN and New York University, studying Civil Engineering until being drafted by the U.S. Army. He enlisted as a member of the renowned Tuskegee Airmen. George was a DOTA (Documented Original Tuskegee Airman).

Raised in a large and loving family, he enjoyed a wonderful childhood. In his early years, George attended Camp Atwater, a summer camp in Springfield, MA. that provided a recreational experience for African-American youth, at a time when summer camps were generally racially segregated.

George married Ethel Giddings on February 5, 1945. He and Ethel had three children, Susan, Leslie, and Robert.

George's career was varied, beginning with the Yonkers Fire Department in the 1950s, where he served for over 20 years. He was the second African-American to join the department, preceded by his brother, Curtis Giddings, who was the first. George became Yonkers' Fire Department's first African-American Lieutenant. His work career concluded at West Point Military Academy where he was a cartographer.

Volunteering and giving of one's time to others were activities George regarded highly. He was an active member of the Big Brothers Association of Yonkers, the Yonkers Fair Housing Commission, the Guild for the Blind, and several other community-based organizations.

George and Ethel sold their Yonkers home in 1997 and moved to Massachusetts where two of their children reside. They established residency in Hyde Park in 1997 and moved into Sophia Snow Place in West Roxbury in 2005, as two of the co-founders.

George is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Ethel Ivey Giddings, his daughters Susan Giddings of Los Angeles, CA, Leslie Giddings of Dorchester, MA, son Robert Giddings of Milton, MA. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Malachi Garretti, Grachan Garretti, Giuliana Giddings, and Allegra Giddings. He is also survived by his sister, Mabelle Thompson, of Martha's Vineyard, MA, and a host of relatives and friends.
Published in The Boston Globe on June 19, 2016
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