Vernon, VT - Theodore "Ted" Nicholas George, 85, died at his beloved mountaintop home in Vernon, Vermont, November 30, 2017.
Ted was born in Boston to Victoria and Nicholas George, October 19, 1932. In the early 1940's Ted's father moved the family to Brattleboro, VT which would serve as the headquarters for 50 years for N. George & Sons Fruit and Produce Company.
Ted attended Brattleboro's Green Street Elementary, Brattleboro Union High School, and Boston University where he was a member of the BU Wrestling Team. While in college he would drive between Brattleboro and Boston in his Ford Model A, which prompted his longtime interest of automobiles and the open road. Ted crossed the United States, including Canada and Alaska, by automobile more than 20 times. In 1953 he enlisted in the United States Air Force which brought him to Stead Air Force Base outside of Reno, NV where he was one of the country's first Survival Instructors, teaching survival techniques that are still used and taught today for all Armed Services. He is a recipient of the National Defense Service Medal and also served in the 3635th Air Police Squadron, ATC.
Ted had an enduring love for the West, particularly Lake Tahoe where he lived while being the Regional Manager for a national food company before ultimately returning to his beloved Vermont. Ted was a 32nd degree Mason, Lifetime member of Masonic Pyramid Lodge No. 43 F & AM of Nevada and Brattleboro Lodge No.102 Free & Accepted Masons, a member of the Cairo Shriners International, Brattleboro Chapter of Rutland, VT, Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks Reno, NV Lodge # 597 and Now and Then Vehicles Club of Brattleboro.
Ted is survived by his loving & devoted companion of 25 years Anne Marie Koski of Vernon, two daughters, Marilyn L. George of San Deigo, CA and Deborah M George of Pacific Palisades, CA, adopted children, Russell Bundy George of Brattleboro and Christine Bundy George of Manchester, NH; three grandchildren, close friends Alan Carpenter of Hinsdale, NH, Donny Dompier of Brattleboro, Justin Ruskowski of Ashuelot, New Hampshire, former wife Eileen George Barker of Palm Springs, CA, Jan Peduzzi of Vernon, neighbor Barbara Evans of Vernon, Mary & Lance Delpriore and countless lifelong friends throughout the State of Vermont. Ted was preceded in death by his second wife Judith Bundy George, his bother Eli N George and his parents Victoria and Nicholas George.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Drs. Craig Rinder, and James Nickerson, PA Jeffrey Meckling, Nurses Agnes Mikijaniec, Bonnie McKellar and Michelle Beatty , Caregiver Alice Revis, Visiting Nurses and Hospice of Vermont and New Hampshire (VNH).
According to Ted's wishes, a graveside service at Meeting House Hill Cemetery, and a Celebration of Life will be held in early Spring. The family thanks those who may wish to make a charitable contribution in Ted's name to the Shriners Hospitals for Children or Visting Nurses/Hospice of VT& NH.