George Bernard Dubendris, 72, of Urquhart Street in Rumford, died May 22, 2011, at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.

He was born in Rumford on Oct. 5, 1938, the son of Peter and Beatrice (Todd) Dubendris, and graduated from Mexico High School in the class of 1956.

George served with the U.S. Marines from 1957 to 1960 and also in the Army National Guard of Maine.

He worked as a methods analyst in the Industrial Engineering Department at the Rumford Paper Mill until retirement in 1996 after more than 30 years.

He was an avid member of AA for over 30 years and was active locally and on the state level, and served as a sponsor, mentor and guide to many over the years. He was a ferociously independent thinker. George was known for his wit, sense of humor, and was a positive person. He loved his family and had many dear friends.

He was formerly married to Pauline Martin Dubendris of Oceanside, Calif. Survivors include his daughter, Sherree Craig and husband, Rob, of South Thomaston; his sons, Marty Dubendris of Oceanside, Calif., and Scott Dubendris of Sebago; four grandchildren, Michael, Heather, Kerri and Kyra Dubendris; a brother, Peter Dubendris and wife, Nancy, of Wrentham, Mass.; and his favorite dog, Dory.

Friends are invited to sign the family guest book and share their thoughts, condolences and memories online at meaderandson.com.