Lawrence Joseph George, 64, of Chapel Hill, N.C., died Sunday, November 24, 2013, as the result of an automobile accident in Williamstown, Mass.
Born August 18, 1949, in Pittsfield, Mass., he was a son of Lucille Fischer George and the late Lawrence Clarence George. A native of Dalton, Mass., he graduated from Wahconah Regional High School. He subsequently attended Berkshire Community College for two years before matriculating to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering technology.
Larry was employed at the Williams College Science Center as an Instrument Support and Electronics Technician. He previously was employed in a similar position in the chemistry department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He lived in Chapel Hill since 1997, when he and his family moved from Maine after he accepted a job as an engineer at Ericsson in Research Triangle Park.
He was a lover of the outdoors and an avid hiker, cyclist and whitewater kayaker. He had an adventurous streak that was most notably demonstrated in his twenties when he was a crew member of the Windjammer Cruises sailing vessel Yankee Trader for an around the world cruise. Larry was also a licensed amateur radio operator with a First Class Commercial Radio-Telephone license from the Federal Communications Commission.
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He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Patricia Kenney George, as well as his son Joseph Thomas George, both of Chapel Hill.
He is also survived by his mother Lucille Fischer George of Kinderhook, N.Y.; his sister Marion MacPherson of Kinderhook, N.Y.; his two brothers Jonathan George of Shelburne Falls, Mass. and Douglas George of Deer Park, Wash.; and nieces and nephews.
A memorial mass for Lawrence George was celebrated Saturday, December 7, 2013, at the Sts. Patrick and Raphael Parish in Williamstown, Mass. The Rite of Committal will occur on Wednesday, March 26, at 4:30 p.m. at the Columbarium at St. Thomas More in Chapel Hill. The family encourages donations to the Massachusetts office of Mothers Against Drunk Driving at 15 New England Executive Park, Burlington, MA 01803. Online donations may be made at www.madd.org/local-offices/ma