From 1953 to 1972 he served 20 years in the US Navy, retiring as Chief Torpedoman, TMC (SS). A Cold War veteran, he has served on the following submarines: USS Amberjack (SS 522), USS Trumpetfish (SS-425), USS Clamagore (SS-343), and USS Trepang (SSN-674). He also served as an SBNL SUBSCOL instructor.
After retiring from the Navy, he was employed from 1972 to 1986 at Connecticut College, New London, as foreman and supervisor of custodial services and as executive housekeeper at the Norwich Inn & Spa, Norwich.
George was a member of the following organizations: he was a Holland Club member (introduced in 2004) and a life member of the USSVI Groton; an associate member of the Veteran Submarine of the Thames River Chapter of World War II (served as chaplain for 9 years); and a member of the Fleet Reserve Association Branch 20, Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 4608, Ledyard, the American Legion, and the National Association of Uniform Service (NAUS).
Besides his wife Shirley Patenaude, he leaves behind his son Brian (Mary Cotter); five stepchildren, Ramona (Daniel) Dunhame, Jasper (Kathy) Stanley, Jr., Denna Stanley, Brent (Michelle) Stanley, and Jaqueline (James) Cook; five grandchildren, Brian (Kea) Patenaude Jr., Justin Patenaude, Tisha (Silas) Oliveto, Steven (Sarah) Monroe, and Catherine (Chris) Mojo; nine great-grandchildren, Mia and Callie Oliveto, Brody and Maverick Patenaude, Zelda and Leon Mojo, and Natalie, Eloise and Charlotte Monroe; eleven step-grandchildren and thirteen step-great-grandchildren; One sister, Pauline (Van) Bacon; and numerous nephews and nieces.
George had previously died from his first wife, Frances Wood; his eldest son, Dwaine; his brother Richard; and his sister Barbara Kendall.
He was a member and deacon of the Ledyard-Gales Ferry Baptist Church of Gales Ferry and a former member of the Chapel on the Thames in Groton.
He will be remembered for his devotion to his family and friends, his generosity in photography and sharing with friends, his love for the US NAVY and his many shipmates and friends. George had a wonderful sense of humor and shared it with others. Overheard “Dat sum bitch could use buzzing jugs !!” at one of his high school reunions in 1953. George was never speechless.
The family appreciates and thanks the hospice and hospital staff at Backus Hospital for caring for George at the end of his life. Instead of flowers, memorial donations can be made on his behalf to the hospice, Backus Hospital, Ledyard-Gales Ferry Baptist Church, or the USSVI Groton, 40 School Street, Groton, CT 06340. The funeral will be announced in May 2022.
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Published by The Day on December 26, 2021.