George D. Phinney Jr.
1923 – 2010
NORWAY— George D. Phinney Jr., 87, passed away peacefully on April 24, at Stephen’s Memorial Hospital, surrounded by loving family members.
George was born in Bangor on April 20, 1923, to George Sr. and Millie Speight Phinney of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. He spent his youth in Canada until World War II, when he traveled the world while serving in the U.S. Merchant Marines. George and his wife, Kaye lived in Massachusetts until 1979, when they moved to Bangor and stayed there until coming to Norway in 2003.
Exceptionally well-read and versed in many subjects, George was often involved in all different kinds of projects and business collaborations, while also spending a lot of his time on the road working as a lab courier and sales/delivery person for outdoor hunting and fishing products and the Maine Sportsman newspaper. Prior to that, he was a retail manager and business man in Massachusetts. In his “retirement years,” George spent the majority of his time volunteering for charities, including over 15 years delivering “Meals on Wheels,” working at the Alpha Omega gift shop in Norway, and wrapping and distributing holiday gift donations with The Sharing Sleigh charity program.
George enthralled audiences young and old with the colorful stories of his life, which he could recall down to the smallest detail. He was a great animal lover and enjoyed feeding all sorts of wildlife in his backyard woods. George’s friendly, upbeat nature and dry sense of rumor made it nearly impossible to speak with him without smiling or laughing.
George was predeceased by his dear wife, Kaye, in 2007; and is survived by his daughter, Ellen, ‘adopted’ daughter Sally, ‘adopted’ son Mike; and many beloved nieces, nephews and friends; as well as his faithful poodle, Koko and grand-puppies, Sugar and Spice; who will all miss him dearly.