George E. Cress

January 28th, 2020

George E. Cress, 82, of Tewksbury, MA, passed away January 20, 2020 peacefully in his sleep surrounded by several of his family members.

George was born on August 22, 1937 in Methuen, MA; he was the son of the late George P. Cress and Ellen J. (Graichen) Cress.  George was raised in Salem, NH.

George pursued many interests in the construction and mechanical trades along with being activated in the US Airforce during the Cuban Missile Crisis.  George worked for many years with the Zanni Company in Reading, MA.  He was also a firefighter for the Reading Fire Department as a preferred driver of the hook & ladder truck and chief operator of the larger firefighting equipment.

George retired to Cape Cod where he was actively involved in the local community helping to establish the newly constructed Christ The King Church in Mashpee, MA as the lead maintenance person coordinating numerous mechanical, carpentry, plumbing, and landscaping projects.

George was an avid bargain hunter and collector of memorabilia such as Avon bottles, clocks, hat pins, beer cans, tools, and antiques, spending countless hours at many flea markets, garage and yard sales stimulating his many interests.

His retirement years took him to Northport, FL where he was again very active in many local community efforts.  He came back to New England in 2015 and resided in Tewksbury, MA with his wife of 49 years, Barbara Cress.

George is survived by his wife, Barbara L. (Boutwell/Donahue) Cress, his two children, Michael Cress & wife, Tina Gatto of Weston, FL, and Diana (Cress) & husband Reed Bryan of Davie, FL, step-children Kevin Donahue of Sandwich, MA, Debra Donahue of Billerica, MA, James & Cheryl Donahue of Falmouth, MA, Dennis & Stephanie Donahue of Wilmington, MA and Ed & Andrea Donahue of Dover, NH, grandchildren  Sophie, Kevin, Hunter, Brian, Timothy, Thomas, Neal, Scott, Angela, Timothy, Rebecca, Elizabeth, David, Laura, Christopher, Callie, Benjamin, Brenna, Amanda, Rachel, Zachary and Lindsay, 8 great- grandchildren, his sister, Betty (Cress) Hollick of Portsmouth, NH, as well as his nieces Sharon, Judy, Patricia, and nephew Gregory.

Funeral Services for George will be private.

Memorial donations in George’s name may be made to Fund for Nature, Mass Audubon, 208 South Great Road, Lincoln, MA 01773.


One Entry in Guest Book for “George E. Cress”

  1. Linda and Servy DeWind says:

    We met George and Barbara in North Port They were our backdoor neighbors. I liked to call George Georgie! He was a prince of a man. So helpful and if
    I ever said I was looking for something he would show up with it in his hand the next day!!
    They came to New York several times to see us in the summer and George did all kinds of odd jobs for us. His favorite was to get on a tractor and mow for hours!
    I will always remember his quick witt and beautiful smile. We spent many good years together. I will always have a place in my heart for him. God speed Georgie!!
    Love, Linda

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