George W. Rundlett

Apr 29, 2014
George W. Rundlett

Wading River, N.Y. — George W. Rundlett, formerly of Rockland, passed away April 24, 2014, after complications from surgery and a long illness.

At the time of his death he was a resident of Wading River, N.Y. where he was employed as a nuclear safety instructor for Brookhaven National Laboratories. He was born in Portland Aug. 15, 1940, and attended public schools in Standish, Rockland, and Portland. While in Rockland in the early '50s he attended both Rockland middle school and high school. His grandmother on his maternal side, Emily Stevens, was employed by the Burpee Funeral Home. His other Rockland connection was the fact that his mother was at one time married to Stanley Boynton whose picture is on the wall of fame in Rockland City Hall, recognized for his cross-country flying records in the 1940s.

Following high school George Rundlett enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany as a medical technician before returning to the United States and settling in Orono, where he graduated from the University of Maine, receiving a degree in education. After graduation from college he served as a science teacher for the Bangor school system. During his teaching career in Maine he also went to officer's candidate school and achieved the rank of Captain, and was a commander at a National Guard engineering unit in Newport.

He also became a proficient helicopter pilot, earning his wings, and received commendation for many so called "missions of mercy" performing medical evacuations for injured people throughout Maine. He was an avid sports car enthusiast and won numerous awards driving in rally competitions throughout New England. in 1964 he was chairman of the Penobscot Citizens Safety Council and during that year took a team of drivers, including his brother Derry, to Montreal, Canada for an international sports car driving competition, which was recognized on local television and by then Gov. John Read.

Fondly known as "Buzz" to his friends, family, and fellow pilots and National Guardsmen he was known for both his musical and artistic talents. In Wading River, N.Y. he painted a mural for his local congregational church and served as a deacon, lay minister, and pianist for his church with his wife Linda. His hobbies were many, among them painting, music, travel, and maintaining family connections. He was an ambassador of his extended family and was responsible for connecting the many generations of his family heritage all over the United States. His wit and story telling abilities were recognized by all he encountered. He was an excellent public speaker and teacher.

He was predeceased by his father Ellsworth T.Rundlett II in 1958, his mother Esther Nickerson Stevens Rundlett in 1981, his sister Barbara Boynton Gerrish in 2010, and his twin brother Lawrence Stevens Rundlett in October 2013. He is survived by his beloved wife Linda Rundlett; his three children Elizabeth Elowitch of Portland and Boca Raton, Fla., Katherine Rundlett of Brewer, and Christine O'Rourke also of Brewer; two brothers Ellsworth T. Rundlett III of Cape Elizabeth and John Boynton of Houston, Texas; and seven grandchildren.

Services will be held at the Jones Rich funeral home of Woodsfords Street, Portland Saturday, May 3, at 1 p.m., which will be followed by interment at Evergreen Cemetery in Portland and a gathering of family and friends at the funeral home immediately thereafter.

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