SOUTH THOMASTON — George M. Carlson, 87, died Sunday, July 1, 2012, at Pen Bay Medical Center after a long illness.
Born in Caribou on Aug. 26, 1924, he was the son of Clarence and Velma McGraw Carlson. As a young man he moved with his family to Auburn, Mass. Following high school, Mr. Carlson served four years with the U.S. Air Force during World War II.
Upon his return home, he met and married Martha F. Hoyle of Upton, Mass. Together they shared 66 years of married life and had four beautiful daughters.
George was a master plumber and ran a successful plumbing business in Massachusetts for over 30 years. After retirement he and his wife spent winters in Florida and summers in Maine. They moved to South Thomaston in 1994 where they settled down to enjoy the company of family and good friends.
George developed a passion for flying and received his private pilot’s license at age 16. Later he purchased his own Piper Cherokee and enjoyed flying to Bingham where his family enjoyed vacations at Pleasant Pond in Caratunk.
Like his brother before him, George was a Freemason Grand Marshal at the Masonic Lodge in Milford, Mass. He was also a longtime member of the Lions Club in South Thomaston.
Another passion was his vegetable garden from which he donated a sizeable portion of his output to the AIO Food Bank in Rockland. He also took great joy in carving and painting wooden songbirds and has a large collection at his home.
George was proud of his Swedish heritage and loved to go to the New Sweden Mid-Summer Festival. He and Martha were pleased to have been able to travel to Sweden to visit the family home-site.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Carlson is survived by his four daughters, Christine Hansen of Owls Head, Cathy Carlson of Sanibel Island, Fla., Cynthia Gregory of South Thomaston and Candace Thompson of Windsor; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. George will be remembered as a wonderful husband, loving father and friend and will be greatly missed by his family and his little dog Snoopy.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 7 at 104 Limerock, Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home’s reception facility, where a celebration of life gathering will be held immediately following until 3 p.m. The Rev. Juni Shepardson will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to AIO Food Pantry, P.O. Box 113, Rockland, ME 04841.
To share a memory or condolence with Mr. Carlson’s family, please visit his Book of Memories at www.bchfh.com.