George A. Fagan, age 96, a resident of Chelmsford for almost 60 years, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 3, 2021 at D'Youville Life and Wellness Community, Lowell, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of the late Beatrice (Everett) Fagan with whom he shared 52 years of marriage until her passing in 2005.
George was born in Houghton-le-Spring, England on August 9, 1925, the son of the late James and Anne (Atkinson) Fagan. The son of a coal miner, George was raised in Northeast England in the colliery village of New Silksworth. He graduated 2nd in his class earning a scholarship to the Durham University where he studied physics and mathematics. His university education was interrupted while he proudly served as an officer in the British Army during World War II (the British 161st Infantry and later the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers of the British Territorial Army). Following the war, he completed his studies at Durham earning an honors degree in physics. George was a proud but quiet member of Mensa International and had an IQ above the 98th percentile.
In 1953, George married the love of his life, Beatrice Everett. He initially worked for Imperial Chemicals, Inc (ICI – later ICI DuPont ) in England. Seeking new opportunities beyond post-war England, George, Beatrice and first son, David, immigrated to Ontario, Canada in 1956. His second son, Kevin, was born in Canada in 1956. George landed a professional position with Gelman and Associates of Ontario, Canada while serving as a reserve officer in the Canadian Army. His new position provided the opportunity to work with computers in their infancy and develop expertise in the then fledgling field of information technology. In 1958, George took a consulting assignment with The MITRE corporation, a not-for-profit so-called "think tank" in Bedford, Massachusetts, to develop approaches to integrate computer and radar technology to bolster US air defenses to counter the increasing Soviet cold war threat. His daughter Joanne was born in 1960, and his third son, Peter, was born in 1961. In 1962, George accepted a permanent position with MITRE and the family moved to Chelmsford.
George's career at MITRE included managing and contributing to many information technology projects for the US government and its allies with a focus on command, control, communications, and intelligence (C3I) systems. George moved his family to Washington DC in 1966, to help start MITRE's Washington DC office and operations. George was naturalized a US Citizen in November 1968. In 1969, a fourth son, Keith, was born. Later that year, George took an assignment with MITRE to support NATO at its headquarters and moved the family to Brussels, Belgium. Returning to Chelmsford in 1972, George remained at MITRE providing systems engineering support to the US Air Force until retirement in 1990. George traveled frequently throughout his career to Europe including longer-term assignments in Italy, Turkey, Norway, and Germany.
Post-retirement, George taught systems engineering part-time with Learning Tree International, enjoyed his family—especially his grandchildren—and studied and learned languages including French, German, and Italian and some Russian. George enjoyed reading novels in various languages and learning new technology. George loved spending time with family and friends and welcomed all into his home where he lived independently until 2020. With George, the door was always open and the kettle always on.
George leaves 3 children: Kevin J. Fagan and his wife Pamela J. (Gibson) Fagan of Centreville, VA; Joanne (Fagan) Salomaa and her husband William C. Salomaa of Chelmsford, MA; and Peter T. Fagan and partner Julie Connolly of Chelmsford, MA and Hudson, NH. George also leaves his sister, Kathryn (Fagan) Nunn of Bath, England. George leaves 5 grandchildren: Drew D. Fagan of Arlington, VA; Alexander C. Fagan and his wife Nicole (Woodward) Fagan of Salt Lake City, UT; Timothy C. Salomaa of Costa Mesa, CA; Elizabeth G. Salomaa of Sarasota, FL; and David E. Salomaa of Chelmsford, MA. George also leaves Christopher Connolly, Elizabeth Connolly and her daughter, Camryn, Daniel Connolly, and KelliAnne Connolly, all of Hudson, NH.
George was predeceased by his wife, Beatrice (Everett) Fagan (1932 - 2005) and by his sons David J. Fagan (1955 - 1977) and Keith B. Fagan (1969 -2013).
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, October 12th from 6pm to 8pm at the BLAKE CHELMSFORD FUNERAL HOME, 24 Worthen St., CHELMSFORD. His Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 11am at St. Mary Parish, 25 North Rd., CHELMSFORD. KINDLY MEET AT CHURCH. At the request of the family, masks are required. Interment to follow in Pine Ridge Cemetery, CHELMSFORD. Memorial donations may be made in George's name to the Lewy Body Dementia Association (lbda.org
) or the Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital. For directions and online condolences please visit CHELMSFORDFUNERALHOME.COM
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Published by Lowell Sun on Oct. 10, 2021.