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George R. Porter, Jr.

July 22nd, 2014

George R. Porter, Jr., age 90, of Wilmington, formerly a long-time resident of Bedford, passed peacefully at home on July 16, 2014, with his loving family at his side.

George was born in Roslindale, MA, on September 17, 1923; he was the cherished son of the late George R. and Anna Mae (Lynch) Porter. George was raised and educated in Roslindale and was a graduate of Boston Latin High School with the Class of 1942 where he was an All Star Athlete.

George was inducted into the United States Navy on May 24, 1943 during WWII. George served in the Pacific Theatre aboard the USS Canberra. During the Aerial Battle of Taiwan-Okinawa on October 13, 1944, George was the first to spot the Kamikaze Pilot and he was instrumental in warning his peers of the torpedoed attack that hit the USS Canberra. George received several accolades for his bravery and was honorably discharged on January 5, 1946; he returned home to his family in Massachusetts.

George married Lena V. “Lee” Mitchell on September 15, 1945. Immediately following his discharge from the Navy and because of his athletic ability, George got a special invitation and was asked to play for the Boston Braves. This was a hard offer to refuse but after much consideration and family responsibilities George passed on the offer to become a devoted husband and father.

George went on to further his education and received a degree in Journalism from Suffolk University. Prior to retiring, George was employed as a Social Worker for the State of Massachusetts; his kindness and compassion for others made him a great success in his field.

For several years, George was an office manager for the Lowell Sun, where his wife Lee worked as a writer for more than 13 years.

George and Lee lived in Bedford for more than 40 years where they raised their three children. George loved his children unconditionally and was always very proud of their accomplishments. In the mid 1990’s following the death of his beloved Lee, George moved to Wilmington with his daughter and her family. George loved being around his family, he enjoyed vacations, holidays, and he especially enjoyed his role as a Grandpa and Great-Grampy; he loved playing ball with his three great-grandsons, Brayden, Andrew & Benjamin.

George loved sports, all sports, but he was especially known as an avid Red Sox fan. George was a very active sportsman himself, he played in countless football, baseball, and men’s softball leagues well into his late 60’s and he could definitely keep up with the “youngsters”. When George attended the Wilmington Senior Center he became quite an avid pool player and was willing to share his skills with others.

George will be fondly remembered as a big man in stature but a gentle soul with a warm heart. He was very devoted to his family and friends and will be greatly missed.

George was the beloved husband of the late Lena V. “Lee” (Mitchell) Porter, devoted father of Ruth L. Reed and her husband Mark of Wilmington, David K. Porter and his late wife Patricia of Cohasset, and the late Dale R. Porter and his wife Kathleen of Florida, loving “Grandpa” of Rebecca and William Dineen, Daniel Reed, David Reed, the late Jonathan Reed, Dale Porter, Tamara Whitacre, Shawn Porter, Danielle Parker, Jared Porter, Ashley Walsh, Shauna Porter and Tara Porter, “Great-Grampy” of 20 great-grandchildren cherished son of the late George R. and Anna Mae (Lynch) Porter, dear brother of the late Kendall Porter and Ruth Hamm. Brother-in-law of the late Robert and Louise Mercer, the late George Mitchell, James and Marguerite Mitchell, Richard Mitchell.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral Service on Saturday, July 26th at 11:00 a.m. in the Wilmington Congregational Church, 220 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington. Interment with Military Honors to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Donations in George’s memory may be made to Wilmington Congregational Church (for Missions), 220 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887. Arrangements under the direction of Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.

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7 Entries in Guest Book for “George R. Porter, Jr.”

  1. Dale Porter Jr. says:

    Grandpa, so many memories! So happy we talked prior to you going home!Always have been sad, we left Massachusetts when we were young. Would have loved having the opportunity to grow up with you more. Im sure your up in heaven with my dad. You loved your son so much. He talked about you many times and shared stories. Say hello to grandma,kendall,sonny, and of course…Ted Williams!!! Grandpa,you will ge missed so much. As ive always said,and you laughed,when i said it…If it wasnt for you,NONE of us would be here or be anything!!! Thanks for my daughters and sons!!! See you someday sooner than later again. Love your 1st grandson…Dale Rawson Porter Jr…Hug and kiss My Dad for me. God i wish he was here still as well,for so MANY reasons.

  2. Dale Porter Jr. says:

    Grandpa,you will be missed so much!!!Correction from above…

  3. Jane and Steve Huston says:

    I was blessed to have a loving Godfather George and also my Godmother Lena.The greatest thing my Godfather George gave me was his belief and faith in God. He gave me his wisdom, godly words and bible verses which were inspirational to me. Uncle George you were the best Godfather I could ever have. You will stay with us forever. We love you Uncle George.

    1 Thessalonians 4:14 – For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

  4. Jim and Mickey Mitchell says:

    George will always be a most valuable player MVP in our lives. He hit so many home runs in life through his love for Jesus his Lord and Savior,With Lena his wife, they touched our lives and many others. We shall always
    cherish those wonderful times and years that God gave us to enjoy together.
    George and Lena will live within our hearts forever.

  5. Kim and Dan Ausmus says:

    My Uncle George was a gift of God’s love in my life and those he touched in this world. As a young girl growing up and as an adult he gave me genuine love that was unselfish and nurturing. When I would see Uncle George his face would light up and he would say, “Hi Kimmy” a nickname given to me as a child. I always would feel a warmth of being enriched by who He was a man with a spirit of faith and kindness. I love you Uncle George.
    Love,
    Kim (Kimmy) and my husband Dan

  6. Dan Reed says:

    I love and miss you very much gramps! Whenever I would walk in mom and dads house I would always go into your room and chat some with you. It will take some getting used to not having you there anymore but I know you were anxious to re unite with grandma. I have to thank you for my competitive drive and know that when we meet again I want a rematch in checkers. I miss you alot and thank you for all the positive advice you gave me over the years. Love Yeah! whowhowhowhoooooo!

  7. Elizabeth Mercer says:

    Uncle George the family memories will last forever and so will the laughter that we all enjoyed with Aunties tall tales give everyone a big hug and kiss for me I have missed everyone so much Mom,Dad and the list goes on.
    Play a good game of baseball and don’t get tagged out.Love Liz and the boys

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