George H. Wells Jr.

George H. Wells Jr., 88, of Vernon, beloved husband of the late Phylis Rounds Wells passed away March 19, 2013, with his loving family by his side.

He was the son of George and Anna Wells. Born in Warren, Pa., Oct. 12, 1924; he lived in Vernon for over 50 years. He was a graduate of Warren High School and St. Bonaventure University in Olean, N.Y., where he received his teaching degree in physical education. He served proudly in the United States Marine Corps. during World War II and the Korean Conflict where he was a member of the VMB 413 Squadron. He met his wife, Phylis, in Memphis, Tenn., where she was stationed while serving as a Navy Wave. He began his teaching career in Biddeford, Maine, where he taught physical education and coached the high school football and basketball teams. He continued his long teaching career in the Manchester school system where he taught at Bennett Jr. High School, and many of the local elementary schools including Nathan Hale and Robertson, before retiring in 1986. He coached the Bennett basketball team and the Manchester High School Golf Team. He was a member and past Commander of the Vernon VFW Post #10121. He was also a member of the Rockville Lodge of Elks #1359 and the Rockville Fish and Game Club. He was a volunteer at Rockville General Hospital for more than 25 years. George was a parishioner of St. Bridget Church where he served as a Eucharistic Minister. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family. George was a kind and generous man with a wonderful sense of humor. His calm and polite demeanor was admired by many. He was a true gentleman and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He leaves behind his son, Timothy Wells and his wife, Aletta (Lou), of Branford; his daughters, Kathleen Stavens and her husband, Michael, of Vernon, Ann Villano and her husband, Peter, of South Windsor, and Colleen Williamson of Vernon. His grandchildren, Carolyn Eastman, Joanne Martin, John Stavens, Patricia Glancey, Jennifer Wells, Ryan Wells, Megan Wall, Kimberly Williamson, and Jeanette Gumbulevich and their families; 11 great-grandchildren; and many dear nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors. George also leaves sisters, Janet Dinardi of Warren, Pa., and Elizabeth Russell of Buffalo, N.Y. He was predeceased by his brothers, Thomas, James, Joseph; and sisters, GeorgeAnn and Alice.

George's family would like to thank his nurses and Rehab therapists on Bissell II, at Rockville General Hospital and Woodlake at Tolland, a special thank you to his caretakers, Brenda and Tina, for their compassionate care of our father and to Dr. Michael Sharon and his staff, for all of their care throughout the years.

His family will receive friends Thursday, March 21, 2013, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Burke-Fortin Funeral Home, 76 Prospect St., Rockville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, March 22, 2013, at 10 a.m., at St. Bridget Church, Manchester. Burial with military honors will be at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Bridget School, 74 Main St., Manchester CT 06042 or Visiting Nurses and Health Services, 8 Keynote Dr., Vernon, CT 06066.

For online condolences please visit www.pietrasfuneralhome.com

Published in Journal Inquirer from Mar. 20 to Mar. 24, 2013