George Pierson Frost, 95, loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014.
Born on Feb. 7, 1918, to William and Sarah Pierson Frost, he was a lifelong resident of Manchester.
George leaves behind his sons, Gary and his wife, Ann (Benson), David and his wife, Renee (Tournaud), Robert and his wife, Donna (Maus); and daughter Karen Frost of Port St. Lucie, Fla. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Erik Frost, Matthew Frost, Katie Frost, Rebecca Albright, and Amber Conrad; as well as six great-granddaughters. George was predeceased by his brother, Clifford.
George grew up in Manchester and made it his lifelong home. George graduated from Manchester High School as a member of the Class of 1936B. Academically, George was the highest ranked male graduate of his class, and was editor-in-chief of the yearbook (SOMANHIS). George served as co-captain of the varsity swim team, holding the school record in the 220-yard freestyle event. George proudly served in the U.S. Navy
during World War II
aboard the light cruiser, USS San Juan (CL54). George was a sonar man who saw a great deal of action in the South Pacific, including the battles of Guadalcanal, Santa Cruz, Iwo Jima, and the "Marianas Turkey Shoot." His Navy shipmate, Paul Ugenas of St. Pete Beach, Fla., remained his closest friend. George started his 38-year career in banking at the Manchester Trust Co. George became assistant treasurer when the bank was later bought out by CBT. After retiring from the bank, George worked as the finance manager at Regal Men's Shop on Main Street. George's life reflected his Christian values. He loved people and always had time for conversation. George served his community as an officer in the Manchester Police Auxiliary, and as treasurer of the Hartford Chapters of the American Heart Association and the
. George was also a co-founder of the Manchester Swim Club. For over a decade, George placed the markers and flags on the gravesites of veterans in East Cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day, assisted by his children. George also loved to dance and taught ballroom dancing prior to World War II. Always physically active, George enjoyed a good long walk or swim. He also participated in the Thanksgiving Day Road Race several times.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Visiting Nurse Association for their long-term diligence and care. Special thanks go to Dr. Gordon Brodie and Dr. Danny Korkmaz for providing outstanding professional care for George.
John F. Tierney Funeral Home, 219 W. Center St., Manchester, is in charge of arrangements.
Friends may call at the funeral home between 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. at Tierney's on Friday, Feb. 7. Burial at East Cemetery will follow.
For online expressions of sympathy and remembrances please visitwww.tierneyfuneralhome.com