ROCKLAND — George Dedekian, 100, passed away peacefully at his son’s home in Alabama, Saturday, April 23, 2022.

Born in Brighton, Mass., Feb. 8, 1922, he was the son of Baghdasar and Zabell Dedekian. Growing up in Watertown, Mass., he later served in the United States Coast Guard as a radio and electronics technician during World War II, and also served proudly in the United States Navy during the Korean war. While stationed in Rockland with the USCG, he met his beloved wife, Eleanor, of 67 years.

George had several hobbies, ranging from operating the ham radio and speaking with many different people from around the world, to NASCAR racing. At one point, he had the honor of driving his son’s street division car at the Norwood Arena Speedway.

In 1969, he purchased a 1967 Shelby Mustang that quickly became not only a true passion but also a way of life. He and Eleanor became part of the Shelby American Auto Club as representatives for the Northeast Region. The Shelby remained in his care until he passed.

George was predeceased by his parents, his wife, Eleanor, and his daughter, Louise.

He is survived by his son and daughter in-law, Richard and Suzanne; his daughter, Cheryl; his grandchildren, Sarah Mason, Jaime Dedekian, Lee Knowles and Megan Knowles; as well as his great-grandchildren, Cameron Mason, Connor Mason, Autumn Canterbury and Tanner Canterbury.

Friends and family are invited to visit from 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland, where a Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 12, 2022. Interment at Achorn will follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Owls Head Transportation Museum, P.O. Box 277 Owls Head, Maine, 04854.

Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.