George McVety

CAPE CORAL, FLA. and SOUTHWEST HARBOR George McVety of Cape Coral, Fla., and formerly of Southwest Harbor passed away Sept. 16, 2014, after a long battle with heart disease. George will be remembered for his warmth, humor, compassion, honest friendship and that ever-present twinkle in the eye.

George, the son of Dr. Joseph and Esther McVety, was predeceased by his first wife, Lora Lenz McVety; and by his siblings, twin sister, Mary-Anne and brothers, James and Frederick. George is survived by his wife of 44 years Judith; daughters, Karen McVety Mitchell, Amy McVety; son, Peter and his wife, Susan; grandchildren, Benjamin and Rebecca McVety and George Mitchell; and numerous nieces and nephews.

George was born Aug. 16, 1931 in Old Town and grew up in Corinna, where he graduated from Corinna Union Academy. He attended the University of Maine, Orono (UMO), where he was a proud Beta, and graduated from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy (MCP). He was a proud Air Force veteran. While attending UMO, George worked at the Bar Harbor Motor Inn. After graduating from MCP, he first worked at Miller Drug in Bangor. He returned to his beloved Mount Desert Island (MDI) and worked as the first pharmacist at MDI Hospital, where he later served as president of the Board of Directors. From there he became a business owner, establishing McVety Drug in Northeast Harbor and later Carroll Drug Store in Southwest Harbor. Outside of family and work, George enjoyed life and was always smiling. His passion was sports and people. He was an avid golfer and his family thinks he may have loved it as much for the social aspect as for the sport itself. George served as president of the Board of Directors for Kebo Valley Golf Club, was a founding member of SAMBAGMA. He was a longtime member of St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church, and a member of the Free Masons, recently receiving his 50-year pin. George McVety was a very caring man, interested in everyone he met. He had a great knack for making people feel important and special. He listened, gave advice when needed and gave the best hugs, if required. George was quick-witted, fun and had the best laugh. If you were lucky, you could expect to be included in his ribbing and jokes. George, Dad, Gumpa, and “the Boss” will be missed terribly by all who knew him.

As only seems fitting for George, there will be a gathering to celebrate his life on Oct. 12, 2014, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Kebo Valley Golf Course, where friends and family will be encouraged to share their memories of him. George was a great supporter of local kids programs. In that spirit, we ask, in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to Harbor House, 38 Herrick Road, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679 or Pemetic Elementary Music Department, P.O. Box 255, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679.

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