George C. Hastings
1928 - 2017
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George C. Hastings, husband of Laura M. Hastings, died January 27, 2017 after battling a brain tumor. He was born in Rutland, Vermont on March 30, 1928, son of Madeline "Pat" (Cassidy) Hastings and Edward W. Hastings. He lived most of his life in West Hartford. Hastings was a retired partner at the Hartford law firm Robinson & Cole, where he practiced from 1957 to 1995. He was a graduate of Loomis School, Yale College, and Yale Law School. While at Yale College, he was on the wrestling team and served as team captain. Upon graduation, he taught for two years at Loomis School and was the wrestling coach. He then served as a private in the U.S. Army Infantry for two years. While in law school, he was on the Yale Law Journal and was assistant coach of the Yale wrestling team. After law school, he was law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge John P. Anderson in New Haven. While practicing law, he served at various times as a member of the Wethersfield Zoning Board of Appeals; United States Commissioner; member and vice chairman West Hartford Board of Education; member West Hartford Democratic Town Committee; U.S. Department of Justice Selective Service Hearing Officer; member and vice chairman Connecticut Board of Pardons; and adjunct professor of procedure and equity, University of Connecticut Law School. Hastings at various times was a trustee of Loomis School; president of the Capital Area Foundation for Equal Justice (now Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation); director Statewide Legal Services; director and president of the Bedford Street Housing Corporation; member policy advisory committee Donaghue Medical Research Foundation; director and president Center for First Amendment Rights; advisory board the WALKS Foundation; director ACLU Connecticut chapter; and director and president of The Bridge Family Center where he was involved over 50 years. The Bridge named its shelter for boys in Wolcott, Connecticut, Hastings House, in his honor. Hastings was a member of The Country Club of Farmington, the University Club, the Old Guard, the Hartford Civitan Club, and the Appalachian Mountain Club. He traveled extensively, including three trips from Bayonne to Aruba as an 18-year-old ordinary seaman on an oil tanker. He enjoyed hiking, golf, poker, bridge, gin rummy, and duckpin bowling. He went to the horse races in fifteen countries around the globe. Besides his wife Laura, he is survived by his son John and daughter-in-law Francie of Portland, Maine, daughter Lucinda of Great Barrington, Massachusetts, daughter Juliet and son-in-law Dan London of Atlanta, Georgia, step-children John Pfarr and Maria Williams, grandsons Tyler and Michael , granddaughters Miranda and Catherine, step grandchildren Jackson, Reagan, and Kaitlyn, nephew Nicholas Hastings of Portland, Oregon, and former wife Ada Hastings of Lenox, Massachusetts. His sister Barbara (1931) and brothers John and Edward predeceased him. Memorial gifts may be made to the Greater Hartford Legal Aid Foundation, 999 Asylum Street, Hartford, CT 06105; The Bridge Family Center, Inc., 1022 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06107; or ACLU, Connecticut Chapter 7, 765 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, CT 06105. There will be a memorial gathering at the Farmington Country Club at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 11, followed by a reception.

Published in Hartford Courant on Jan. 29, 2017.
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February 19, 2017
To the entire Hastings family, I am so sorry for your loss. George was a great guy and a best friend to our dad Win.
Jeff Eldredge
February 15, 2017
Lucinda and Miranda, so sorry to read about the loss of your dad. It looks like he led an amazing life. We are thinking about you.
Ann and Carolyn Ford
Ann Ford
February 2, 2017
I will miss my Step Dad. For the past 35 years of my life, George was always available to talk, give advice, or if the situation was appropriate, to tell a story, or write a limerick. George had a great mind, and was very concerned about social justice. I will miss all of these things about him, and more.
January 30, 2017
George was an ardent supporter of Yale with many good stories to tell. It was fun and sometime exiting to ride in a golf cart with him. He played in all kinds of weather then entertained us afterward in the bar with his escapades. I will miss him.
Loren Godfrey
January 30, 2017
Loren Godfrey
January 30, 2017
A true gentleman who cared for all and contributed mightily to those in need. Deepest condolences to the entire Hastings family.
William A Petit Jr
January 30, 2017
George was Intelligent, witty,charming and had a caring heart. I will always be thankful I had the opportunity to get to know George and to call him friend.
He will be missed around our club!
Henry Wrotniak
January 30, 2017
I first knew George through my wife Brad, with whom he at some point shared a West Hartford school. Then, as a newsman, I became aware of his many thoughtful contributions to the rule of law. When he helped insure the work of the Center for First Amendment Rights by having it absorbed in the ACLU of Connecticut during my term as chairman, he joined our board -- and was for years a voice always heard and respected in our deliberations. He served until his illness made his continued membership unfeasible. We are the poorer for no longer having the benefit of his wisdom and counsel.
Don Noel
January 30, 2017
Laura: So sorry to hear of George'passing - I have two pictures of both of you when you visited Jay and myself in Puerto Rico - a long time ago - but a "happy memory" .
Jay - Bette Rioux - Cushman
January 30, 2017
George was a great man and we will all miss him. His dedication to making the world a better place for everyone was inspiring.
Michael Rulnick
January 29, 2017
An amazing life!
Jim Goldberg
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