George Dyke Maharan, 90, of Wallingford, beloved husband of Shirley (Burnham) Maharan, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 18, 2014.
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The elder of two sons of Frederick L. Maharan and Marietta W. Maharan, he was born on June 21, 1923, in Watertown, Massachusetts. The family moved to East Hartford, where he graduated from East Hartford High School. In the fall of 1941, he entered Hillyer Junior College in Hartford. George finished his first year and then enlisted in the U.S. Army in December 1942, and from Camp Devens, Ayer, Massachusetts, he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, Headquarters Company, 397th Regiment of the 100th Infantry Division. Following his basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Fort Bragg, North Carolina, he went overseas on Oct. 5, 1944, and as a part of the 7th Army, his division saw action in battles in southern France, Germany, and central Europe. He was awarded the European Medal with two stars, Good Conduct Medal, Marksmanship, Combat Infantry Badge, Regimental Unit Citation, and the Purple Heart. George was honorably discharged on March 12, 1946.
On June 1, 1946, George married Shirley E. Burnham at the First Congregational Church in East Hartford. In the fall of 1946, George continued his education at Hillyer College, now the University of Hartford, and graduated with a degree in business administration. He took a position with the Aetna Life and Casualty Insurance Company and retired on July 1, 1984.
He is survived by his two children and their spouses, Cheryl Celmer and Joseph Reardon, and Kendall and Susan Maharan; five grandchildren, Melissa Grange, Noah Hebbe, Russell Maharan, Justine McGee, and Zachary Maharan; and six great-grandchildren. George was predeceased by his great-grandchild, Xavier. He was also predeceased by his brother, Richard.
George was a member of the Aetna Men's Club, where he presided as vice president and treasurer; a member of the American Legion Post 14 in Vernon. He played in the Hartford Twilight League as a pitcher for three years, acted as an assistant coach for several years in the Vernon Little League and Babe Ruth League, was chairman of the Advisory Board for the DeMolay; and was appointed area governor for DeMolay.
His political and civic activities have been numerous; served two years as chairman of the Vernon Republican Town Committee; two years as deputy registrar of voters, then 24 years as registrar of voters of Vernon.
George's Masonic service started in 1977 when he was invited to attend an instructional program on Masonry. He decided it was time for him to join a fraternal organization as seen by the journey he has taken:
• Raised in 1977, Fayette Lodge 69 A.F. & A.M.
• Elected worshipful master, Fayette Lodge 69 in 1984
• Served five years as treasurer
• Exalted 1981, Adoniram Chapter 18 R.A.M.
• Elected excellent high priest, Adoniram Chapter 18 R.A.M.
• Treasurer, Adoniram Chapter 18 R.A.M. since 1992.
• Greeted 1985, Adoniram Council 14 Royal & Select Masters.
• Elected thrice illustrious master, Adoniram Council 14 R & S Master, 1998.
• Knighted in 1985, St. John's Commandery 11 Knight Templar.
• Elected commander, St. John's Commandery 11, 2000
• Joined Nathan Hale Consistory, Valley of Hartford, AASR, 1995.
• Joined Hope Chapter 60, Order of the Eastern Star, 1988.
• Received Pierpont Edwards Medal, 1995.
• Appointed district deputy, District 9-B, 1987-1988.
• Appointed grand custodian, 7th Capitular District, 1993-1994.
• Appointed grand master 1st veil, Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Connecticut, 1994
• Anointed high priest consecration, 1992.
• Joined York Rite Sovereign College of North America, 1996.
• Chairman York Rite Coordinating Committee – 2001
• Member Mohawk Council 28, 1998
• Member Connecticut College (M.S.R.C.F.) Nathan Hale Council 78, 2000
• Member Knight Crusaders of the Cross, 2000
• Installed most excellent grand high priest, Royal Arch Masons of Connecticut in 2002.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 23, at the Ladd Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home, 551 Talcottville Road, Vernon, followed by burial with military honors in Grove Hill Cemetery, Vernon.
His family will receive friends on Thursday, May 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home with a Masonic service to be held at 7.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that memorial donations be made in George's name to the Masonic Charity Foundation of Connecticut, P.O. Box 768, Wallingford, CT 06492.
For online condolences, visit
Ladd-Turkington & Carmon Funeral Home
551 Talcottville Road Vernon, CT 06066
Published in Journal Inquirer from May 20 to May 24, 2014