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George Richmond Dick Fearing of North Dartmouth, MA; formerly of Marion, MA; Stowe, VT; and Westwood, MA died peacefully at home Saturday, October 26, 2013. The cause was cancer. He was born in Boston, MA in 1924 to George Richmond Fearing and Vera Whistler Howell. He served in the 503rd Military Police Battalion of Pattons Third Army in the European Theater in World War II and was awarded five battle stars. He participated in the Normandy Campaign, the Battle of the Bulge and other major engagements. After the War, he moved to Vermont. He founded the Hearthside Inn at Craftsbury Common, Tyrola Lodge in Stowe and Stowes Topnotch Inn (now Topnotch Resort and Spa). He lived in Westwood, MA for a few years, then returned to Stowe to found Tyrola Farm. There he raised top|honor, purebred Hampshire sheep. He had three children by a former marriage in 1947 to Nancy S. Clarke. In 1962, he married Barbara Bennett of Stowe. They had two children and moved to Marion, MA in 1968. He joined Burr Brothers Boats, Inc. in 1970 and served as Store Manager until he retired in March 2013. While living in Marion and North Dartmouth, he taught safe boating from 1968 to 2009 for the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (USCGAUX) and the United States Power Squadrons. He served terms as a Flotilla Commander for the USCGAUX and a Squadron Commander for the U.S. Power Squadrons. He was a member of the Beverly Yacht Club in Marion for 44 years. After the death of his second wife from cancer, he married Irene P. Shea of Providence, RI in 2001. He is survived by his wife Irene and his five children | Nancy W. Passavant (Francis) of Newton, MA; George R. Fearing, Jr. of Morrisville, VT; Pamela F. Lokker of Phoenix, AZ; Russell B. Fearing (Laurie) of Marion, MA and Sarah H. Shanahan (Michael) of Wallingford, VT. Other survivors include three grandsons | Charles G. R., Daniel B. and Oliver T. Fearing of Marion | two sisters, Gwendolen W. White of Newton, MA and Hesterly B. Buckley of Stowe, VT, and a brother, Travers Fearing of Medfield, MA. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, November 9 at St. Gabriels Episcopal Church, 124 Front Street, Marion immediately followed by a reception at the Beverly Yacht Club, 99 Water Street. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Dicks memory to Dana|Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215 or Community Nurse and Hospice Care, 62 Centre Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719 or St. Gabriels Episcopal Church, P. O. Box 545, Marion, MA 02738. For more information about Dicks life, directions, and online guestbook, visit: http://www.ccgfuneralhome.com/obit/george-rfearing

Published in Wareham Courier from Nov. 1 to Nov. 7, 2013
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