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May 27, 1936 -
June 29, 2018

A dear friend, beloved husband and partner, father, and grandfather, Papa George is at peace in the mountains and waters he loved.

George's passion for the great outdoors and concern for the environment were a vital and persistent focus of his life until the end. He was lucky to share these passions with his surviving wife, Shirley MacNamara.

George was born and raised in Yonkers, N.Y., where he played basketball on a winning high school team. He spent a year at Cornell University, then joined the Army and spent time in Korea. After his discharge, he married his high school sweetheart, Carolyn Sutton and they have a daughter Susan, and a son David, who survive him. With the G.I. bill available, George re-turned to college, and received a B.A. from Ripon College, Ripon, Wisconsin, and M.A. degrees in English and Journalism from University of Washington.

In the early 60's, with a newspaper job opportunity and a desire for adventure, the family headed west to Klamath Falls, Oregon.

He fished and wrote about legendary fly fishing waters, and enjoyed a friendship with Polly Roseborough, fly-tying master, in Chiloquin, Oregon. At this time, George also began teaching technical report writing at Oregon Technical Institute, in Klamath Falls.

In the mid-1960's, George and family moved to the Skagit Valley, Mount Vernon, Washington, where he was a well-know and well-liked English teacher at Skagit Valley College. He spent summers salmon fishing off the Washington coast, mentoring his son, David, who now fishes Bristol Bay, Alaska each summer with his two sons.

After 25 years of teaching at the college, he moved to Big Timber, Montana, in retirement, to further enjoy hunting and fishing in the Big Sky Country. It is there that he met Shirley, and they soon became partners for over 20 years. George developed many friendships with shared interests in Montana's wildlife, art, books, wine, sports and a zest for life.

He enjoyed summers at Port Alice, British Columbia, fishing and hosting many friends and family. He passed away unexpectedly there Friday evening June 29, getting ready for another season of fishing for the "big one," the Tyee.

George is survived by his wife and partner, Shirley MacNamara, son David Alotrico (wife Karen), daughter Susan Alotrico, grandsons Max and Eric Alotrico, and Melinda Carroll (Jed). He is also survived by his step-children, Bill MacNamara (Lisa), Dan MacNamara (Alicia), Jeanie Waterloo (Joe), Michael MacNamara (Heidi). He had nine step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren.

Papa George will be missed by all whose life he touched.

A celebration of his life will be held on a date TBA, in Montana. For more information contact: geor[email protected].
Published in Skagit Valley Herald on July 15, 2018
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