George Tim Steele

Obituary
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George Tim Steele, a resident of the Hazardville section of Enfield since 1980, passed away at Evergreen Healthcare Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, with his daughter by his side after a long battle with Parkinson's Disease.

Born March 5, 1948, in Yonkers, New York, he grew up in Hamden. He was the son of the late George Donald Steele (Navy veteran) and Martha Jane (Linn) Steele (Marine veteran), who served during World War II. As a child, Tim enjoyed trains and his parents' amateur radio. He played baseball and wrestled, and raised horses, rabbits, and ducks. He was a graduate of Lyman Hall High school and following was a graduate of UConn, Class of 1969, earning his degree in agriculture. George was a volunteer firefighter and then a forest ranger in the late '60s and '70s. He then worked maintenance for the CT Department of Corrections for 20 years. After retiring, he did landscaping with his son and daughter, clearing lots and installing lawns in new developments with his Kubota. George loved to work and dabbled in agricultural and forestry work, including fighting California wildfires in the '70s, welding, woodworking, plants, and gardening.

Known as "Tim" or "Timmy," his family, friends, and neighbors knew him as a genuine, mild-mannered, and kind man who enjoyed helping others. Social and friendly, Tim was a prankster with a lively sense of humor. He was known for his lobster cookouts and enjoyed having a nice cold beer with friends and neighbors at the end of the day. Tim was an avid UConn basketball supporter. He enjoyed the outdoors and camping the most. His favorite local place was Sleeping Giant State Park, where he worked in his early years. His pride and joy was his property in Vermont, of which he built a cabin with his father, raised bass, and became host to family vacations filled with wiffle ball competitions, farming, fishing, hunting, and hiking.

Once joked on a landscaping job, "not having to rake rocks would be like heaven." Those who know Tim, know that screened topsoil, truly, would be his heaven.

Tim is survived by his children whom he adored, George Ryan Steele and Trisha M. Steele; and one grandchild, Cameron George Steele, born Oct. 30, of this year, whom he was fortunate to meet just days before his passing. He was predeceased by a sister, Martha E. Hart.

Memorial contributions in George's name can be made to , P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014.

A casual celebration of his life will be held in the company of good friends, neighbors, and family at his home. Contact [email protected] for information.

Burial will be held at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in the memorial garden on a date to be determined.

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Published in Journal Inquirer from Dec. 1 to Dec. 7, 2018
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