George R. Waterman
1937 - 2020
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VA BEACH, VA - George Russell "Russ" Waterman, 82, passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2020. He was born on October 10, 1937 in Rochester, NY to the late George and Ruth "Betty" Waterman. Russ retired as a Captain in 1992 after 30 years of distinguished service in the US Navy, which included commanding officer tours on both submarine and surface afloat units; and was a proud member of United States Submarine Veterans. A 1955 graduate of Irondequoit High School in Rochester, NY, he attended the University of Rochester before accepting an appointment to the US Naval Academy, where he graduated with the Class of 1962. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret F. Waterman; and his younger brother Alfred "Jack" Waterman.

He is survived by his first wife and mother of his children, Gail Allen Waterman of Rochester, WA; son Mark Waterman and his wife Kim of Fredericksburg, VA, son Todd Waterman and his wife Pam of Chesapeake, VA, daughter Lori Waterman and husband Steve Standaert of Rochester, WA, and son Curt Waterman and his wife Kelly of Smithfield, VA; two sisters, Leann Jensen and her husband Norman of Candor, NY and Joy O'Brien and her wife Robbie of Branson West, MO; ten grandchildren, Tess Standaert, Amanda Waterman and her husband Marco Verzellesi, Ryan Waterman, Jacob Waterman, Helena Standaert, Madison Bohlen and her husband Corbyn, Eric Waterman, Evie Standaert, Chloe Waterman and Mason Waterman; a great-grandson, Paolo Verzellesi; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Vine Valley United Methodist Church, Middlesex, NY, with date and time to be announced at A private burial will follow the memorial service at Overackers Cemetery.

Condolences may be made to the family online at

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Published in The Virginian-Pilot on Jun. 14, 2020.
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March 31, 2021
He was a wonderful Commanding Officer!
Rest In Peace Sir❤
Jimmie M Goff
Served In Military Together
November 2, 2020
I am truly saddened to hear of Capt. Watermans passing. He was a GREAT CO who truly loved and cared about his sailors. 6 years Navy & 6 years Army and I never had a better CO. I have spent a lot of time trying to find him and thank him for all I learned watching him. Things I carried throughout my military carreer and my everyday life. Fair Winds & Following seas Skipper. Until we meet again. We have the watch sir.
Michael Hangelia ET2(SW) USS Concord 86-90
Served In Military Together
September 6, 2020
My sincere condolences to the family. Being a submariner makes him a part of the best family in the world. We all mourn his passing.
Captain George “Jay” Crumbie (SWO)(SS)(DV) U.S.N. Ret
USS Sailfish- ‘69-‘70
Captain George Crumbie
Served In Military Together
August 23, 2020
Heartfelt condolences to the entire extended Waterman family from The Lemus Family.
William & Pamela Lemus
June 21, 2020
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Debbie Day
June 16, 2020
Good day,
I left a message in memory of George R Waterman passed away 11th June. Please could you confirm received and that it will be read at his funeral service, please pass to his Son Mark Waterman, Russ was my Uncle and a very important person in my life. to reply please
Robert L Maryan
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