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George P. Hachey, Sr.

October 15th, 2017

George P. Hachey, Sr., fondly known as “Uncle George” to his family and many friends, age 78, of Gilford, NH, formerly of Burlington and Wilmington, died peacefully with his family at his side on October 14, 2017.

George was born in Winthrop, MA on August 16, 1939; he was the dear son of the late Augustus and Louise (Slack) Hachey. George was raised and educated in Somerville, MA and a graduate of Somerville High School.

George enlisted in the United States Army in 1961; proudly serving his country.

In 1974, George moved to Burlington, MA, where he lived for many years and raised a wonderful family. George loved his family with all his heart; he was a very devoted father and an “awesome” Grandpa; they all had a lot of fun throughout the years.

George worked as a machinist for the M.B.T.A., where he worked for many years and made countless friends before he retired in 2006.

George loved life and he lived it to the fullest; he was always a kid at heart and very adventurous. From his early days, George had a passion for motorcycles and enjoyed riding with friends all over the east coast. Never a quitter; when George’s health declined and he could no longer ride his Harley he went out and bought a trike and continued riding.

George was known to be the “life of the party”; if you were with George, you were having a great time. In his younger years, George was a drummer in the “Joey C” band and he loved every minute of performing. His sense of humor was unmatched; he loved to make people laugh with a good joke or prank. He always wanted everyone around him to have fun and not take life too seriously.

George was a member of the Fr. Croke Council Knights of Columbus in Wilmington and worked as their function manager for several years. George loved the camaraderie with his fellow Knights, he enjoyed going to the club to volunteer his time or to hang out with his buddies; he always knew how to have fun.

For many years, George would go to the lakes region of New Hampshire where he fell in love with the area and decided it was where he wanted to retire. Always a Harley enthusiast, George enjoyed “Biker week” in Laconia; where there was always a party going on and everyone was having fun. George also liked to take everyone out on his boat to enjoy the lake and see the beauty of the area. George was quite a character and he had the ability to make friends wherever he went; he took a job at Patrick’s Pub in Laconia and became the “Norm” from Cheers; where everyone knew his name. He amassed a large group of friends in Laconia who he considered his “second family” and they referred to him as “Uncle George”. In his spare time, George enjoyed going to his yard sales and hunting for a bargain; not only for himself but for his friends as well.

George will be fondly remembered for his “larger than life” personality, his infectious smile and his ability to make others laugh. He was very kind, caring, and giving; the kind of person who would go out of his way to do for others. George loved his family and friends unconditionally and he will forever be in their hearts.

George was the devoted father of George Hachey Jr. & wife Heidi of Somerville, Laurie Michelangelo & husband Sante of Wilmington and Michele Gasper & husband Jay of North Andover, loving “Grandpa” of Nicholas & Christopher Michelangelo and Arielle & Alyssa Hachey. Beloved companion of Barbara Brennick of Wilmington. Cherished son of the late Augustus and Louise (Slack) Hachey, dear brother of Anna Webber of Manchester, NH, Gloria Russo of Chelmsford, the late James Hachey and Carol Thornton. George is also survived by many nieces, nephews, friends, and his friends in Laconia, NH who were like a second family to him.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, MA on Saturday, October 21st at 10:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA at 11:00 a.m. which will conclude with Military Honors.

Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, October 20th from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in George’s memory may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 814 Elm St., Suite #300, Manchester, NH 03101.

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8 Entries in Guest Book for “George P. Hachey, Sr.”

  1. Nancy Massie says:

    Missing wonderful MAN !

  2. Kelly (Hersom) Michaud says:

    My heart aches for the loss of George. He had a wonderful family & true friends that will miss him. My Aunt will be lost without George. May he rest peacefully.
    Kelly, Jack and John Michaud

  3. Patti Provencal says:

    We will all miss Uncle George and his never ending smile. The Gilford girls, Patti, Jeanne, Liz, Angela, Lois, Sue — and many others he made smile!

  4. Jenn says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time of sadness. I only know of George from his wonderful daughter and my great and amazing friend, Michele, and the world he lit up with his fantastic personality, drive and sense of humor. My heart hurts for those left behind but pray he’s riding free on a motorcycle with wings. God bless a great soul!
    Jenn and T

  5. Diana (Imbimbo) Miladin says:

    Dear Barb, so sorry for your loss. I didn’t know George, but from what I read here, he sounds like he was just perfect for you. I’ve been where you are right now and my heart is with you. Distance and time doesn’t change the bond between us. May God bless you and take you through this sad time.

  6. Larry Conti says:

    Really Sorry to hear this. My condolences to his family. Haven’t seen Georgie in a long time, but have many good memories. He was a great drummer back in the day. He worked all the local places. Casey’s 318, The Tempo Lounge, Tiny’s, The Chalet, The Lit Club etc. the list goes on and on. He played with his own trio consisting of Tony Masters on Tenor sax, and the great Freddie Leverone on Organ. If the gig called for it, he would expand the band with a horn section and guitar. Usually with such great jazz stalwarts as Sonny Carrington on Tenor, and Billy Thompson on Alto, and Buddy D. If memory serves me right , it was the great Buddy Defranco on guitar. Georgie knew them all and played with a lot of them. You should have heard his signature piece “Caravan” Maybe you did. He was so much fun, up The Hill, the White Tower. Providing the entertainment for so many parties, including the time they held at Casey’s 318 for the late Buddy Mclean. A Somerville boy through and through. Well, so long Georgie. RIP pal. Thank you for your service to our country, the many fun memories I have, and for having me sing with you so many times. It was really a great ride, and I’m proud to call you my friend.

  7. Francine Foley-Sahlas says:

    Dear Barbara and all Georgie’s Families, The Foley Family from 2 Wellington Ave are so very sorry to hear the sad news about your beloved Georgie. Georgie was a nice kid and grew up to be a nice guy. Our Parents, Mary & Bill Foley like how he was a great considerate and pleasant person all his life He was our neighbor and friend for years. With our sincere sympathy and prayers, Francine for all the Foley’s
    Francine, Doll, Phyllis, (Dan died 10/2/17) Richard and Nanci.

  8. Jane Carbone says:

    So sorry for your loss he’s not only a loss to you but by the many friends
    He made through his life.We were childhood friends and neighbors.
    From Montgomery Ave. the Woodman s and Hacheys had lots of good times.
    Thanks for the memories Georgie Rip my
    Friend. On behalf of the Woodman clan we say farewell.

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