GASTONIA - George Benjamin McAden, 87, died Jan. 31, 2013, in Gastonia, where he had been a resident of Covenant Village since 2004.
He was born in Charlotte on Nov. 5, 1925, and was the son of James Thomas McAden and Rebecca Fitzsimons McAden with pre-Revolutionary roots across North Carolina.
Mr. McAden attended Christ School in Arden, Davidson College and was a sixth-generation graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He served in the U.S. Navy
Amphibious Corps in the Asiatic-Pacific Theatre during World War II
and participated in the first American landing at Nagasaki, where the atomic bomb ended the war.
Mr. McAden spent most of his career in New York City as benefits director for Graybar Electric Co., and later as vice president at Thomson-McKinnon Securities on Wall Street. He retired to Hendersonville in 1991, where he volunteered at Mainstay Women's Shelter, Henderson County Court System, Interfaith Assistance Ministry and Blue Ridge Community College. He received the Governor's Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service in 1993. He was appointed evening director at the college in 1994, serving in that capacity until retiring again in 2004.
To any who knew him, Mr. McAden was an ardent baseball fan, especially of his beloved Detroit Tigers, having attended, at age 80, the 1996 World Series. However, his fondest baseball memory was a one-on-one conversation with Ted Williams in 1943, when they discussed in depth the great slugger's achievements during his early years with the Red Sox.
Mr. McAden was also a world traveler who visited 50 countries and together with his son, Graham, traveled to all seven continents.
In Gastonia, Mr. McAden was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church and volunteered at Crisis Assistance Ministry and Gaston County Health Department.
He was preceded in death by a brother, James T. McAden Jr.; and a sister, Charlotte Thomas.
Surviving are a son, Graham Fitzsimons McAden of Los Angeles; three daughters, Florence (Tonsie) Morrison McAden of New York City, Rebecca McAden Hudson and husband, Roy, of Charlotte, and Abigail McAden Rubin and husband, Michael, of New York City; a grandson, Benjamin McAden Rubin of New York City; and a special cousin and goddaughter, Catherine Fitzsimons of Veveyse, Switzerland.
The family is extremely grateful for the loving care he received from the staff at Covenant Village and Gaston Hospice.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Covenant Village, 1351 Robinwood Road, Gastonia.
A private interment will be held at 10 a.m. at Elmwood Cemetery in Charlotte.
Memorials may be made to Crisis Assistance Ministry, 805 W. Airline Ave., Gastonia, NC 28052.
Online condolences can be made to www.mcleanfuneral.com.