George Darling

Jun 21, 2019
George Darling

Clinton — The Rev. George Darling died peacefully at home June 17, 2019, after a long struggle with bone marrow cancer, his wife and daughters by his side.

Rev. Darling was born in Portland, the son of Ernest (Jim) and Merle Darling. He was raised in South Portland and graduated from South Portland High School. He graduated from UMO with a bachelor's degree in forestry.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Jeannette (Jan) Darling; his daughters, Crystal and Catherine Darling; son-in-law Mike; granddaughter Bethany and her husband, Brett; their children, Tristan and Brysen; and a brother, Dana Darling, of Missouri.

He was predeceased by his parents; brother Peter; and son-in-law Frank.

George worked in the lumber-related industry for many years. He attended Bangor Theological Seminary and graduated in 1982. His ministerial areas included: Damariscotta (before seminary), Unity (seven years), Kents Hill (six years), and Lisbon Falls (10 years). After retiring, he served in Newport (five years), Winslow UCC (one year), and Troy Union Church (five years). He retired again in 2018 because of poor health.

George also served in the Army and Army Reserve for 28 years, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel

He enjoyed gardening, planting trees and camping with Jan.

Visiting hours will be held Tuesday, June 25, from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Lawry Brothers Funeral Home, 107 Main St., Fairfield. A memorial service will follow (after his cremation), dates and times to be announced on the Lawry Brothers website,, tentatively during the week of July 15.

In lieu of flowers, donations marked "in memory of the Rev. George Darling" may be sent to Camp Mechuwana, PO Box 277, Winthrop, ME 04364.

An online guestbook may be signed, and memories shared on the website.

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