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George Miner

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George Miner
Newport
George Fessenden Miner, 81, of West Street, died Sunday, March 3, 2013, at his home, as per his request. He was the husband (47 years) of Martha Mae (Bergenty) Miner, now deceased. Mr. Miner was born on August 13, 1931, in Sharon, CT, the son of Harold Chapin Miner and Dorothy (Perkins) Miner. He graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School in 1949. Mr. Miner served in the US Army, Ready Reserve, during the Korean War, assigned to the 337th Field Artillery Division from May 1950 to May 22, 1953, receiving an honorable discharge. He married Martha Mae Bergenty in 1954 and built his home on Salmon Kill Road in Lakeville, CT, in 1955. George then embarked on a career as a Lead Lineman with the Northeast Utilities Power/ CL&P Company until retirement. George then moved in 2003 to Newport to be close to his family. George was an avid outdoorsman, an accomplished hunter, fisherman and professional trapper often trapping for the State of CT. He held a private pilot license. He modeled in Esquire as a downhill skier, on the cover of an International Health Care Book, was in Road and Track magazine and also modeled with his daughter Gail for Equitable Life Insurance in Look and Life magazines. He was a downhill skier and ski jumper, jumping competitively at Salisbury, CT, Bear Mountain, NY, Lake Placid, NY, Brattleboro, VT, Middlebury, VT, Greenfield, MA, Dartmouth, NH, Berlin, NH, Rumford, ME, and Quebec, Canada. George was a member of SWSA since 1945 and was one of the original/Founding Directors, as well as an Active Director, and was elected as an honorary lifelong director of SWSA, Salisbury Winter Sports Association. Mr. Miner was an elected town constable in 1957, for the Town of Salisbury, CT, and served as constable for 32 years. He also served as head of security for 1 year and worked for 12 years at the Limerock Race Track in Limerock, CT. George received several commendations from the CT State Police as well as a commendation from Hartford Electric Light Co. for saving the lives of 2 young boys, at the risk of his own, from floodwaters on the Housatonic River near the Northeast Utility Power Generation Plant. George was also a member of Montgomery Masonic Lodge #13 in Lakeville, CT, since 1973. Mr. Miner leaves behind his son, David G. Miner, of Salisbury, CT; a daughter, Gail S. (Miner) Fischer, of Newport; one brother, Donald Miner, of Dallas, OR; one sister, Ruth Miner Belter, of Lakeville, CT; and two granddaughters, Stefanie D. Fischer and Victoria K. Fischer, both of Newport. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Luncheon at Main Street Ristorante', 7431 Main Street, Newport, on Saturday, March 30th, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. A Memorial Service will also be held on Saturday, April 6th, at 2:00 p.m. at Salisbury Congregational Church, Salisbury, CT, with a reception to follow. Burial is private and funeral arrangements are by Kenny Funeral Home, 41 Main Street, Sharon, CT. Contributions may be made to: Office of the Aging Meals on Wheels, 109 Mary Street, Suite 1101, Herkimer, NY 13350; Newport Lodge #455 F. & A.M., P.O. Box 452, Newport, NY 13416, or West Canada Creek Assoc., P.O. Box 200, Newport, NY 13416.
Published in The Observer-Dispatch on Mar. 17, 2013
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