MARLBOROUGH George P. Altison, Boston Braves Historian ,79,of Marlborough died Friday (June 19,2009) at home after being stricken ill. He leaves his wife of 55 years Christine L. (Sidoti) Altison. His children Brian Altison and his companion Sandy Calocci of Holden, John Altison and his wife Colleen of Hubbardston and Dian McGovern and her husband James of Marlborough. Also leaves three grandchildren Alysha and Gina McGovern and Jack Altison. He was the father of the late George P. Altison Jr. He was born in New Britain, CT, son of the late Peter and Theano (Asvestas) Altison and moved to Marlborough over 50 years ago. He was a graduate of Brighton High School, while attending school he worked in his parents restaurant The New Park Vale Cafe and upon graduation from school he then enlisted in the United States Air Force and served 4 years during the Korean War. Mr Altison grew up in Allston, in the early 1940s, just a short walk from Braves field. As a kid he was a member of the Knot Hole Gang with the Boston Braves. This was just the beginning of his passion as a diehard fan of the Boston Braves. He took a job at Braves field, known today as Boston Universitys Nickerson Field, just so he could watch the games. He worked at Raytheon Corp.-Wayland Division for over 30 years as an Electrical Supervisor, retiring in 1985. He enjoyed his retirement with his family and keeping the tradition of the Boston Braves as a lasting memory for all the fans. When in 1993 he helped the Boston Braves Historical Association (www.bostonbraves.com) where he served as the organizations business manager. It gave George great pleasure to keep the memories of the Braves years in Boston with annual reunions with players and fans. He was a member of the V.F.W. and the Greater Boston Sports Clu. He also Past President and member of the board of directors of the Marlbo Little League and Pony League., where he coached. Funeral services will be held at noon time Wednesday (June 24,2009) in the John P. Rowe Funeral Home Inc., 57 Main St., Marlborough, Burial with military honors will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Marlborough. Calling hours prior to services on Wednesday from 9:30 A.M. til noon. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to either the Dana-Farber's Jimmy Fund Tribute Program,1 Harvard St., Brookline, MA 02146 or to Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association, P.O.Box 502, 99 Cherry St., Milford,CT 06460.
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Published in MetroWest Daily News from June 22 to June 23, 2009