George Thomas Vose, 89, of Southwest Harbor died peacefully Oct. 10, 2018, at a Bangor health care facility. A native of Bangor, George was born May 6, 1929, the son of George A. and Grace (Gallagher) Vose of Bangor. He graduated from Bangor High School in 1947 and from Bowdoin College in 1951, where he was a member of the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity and the Bowdoin Meddiebempsters.
A gifted first tenor, George was one of a popular trio from the Class of 1947 who entertained regularly at Bangor High School events, while also a starting guard on the school football team.
A scholarship student at Bowdoin College, George was a three-year member of the Bowdoin Meddiebempsters. The augmented eight a capella singing group performed at college and public gatherings in Maine and elsewhere. A performance in Washington, D.C., led to an invitation by the USO to join nationally known celebrity entertainers on a two-month 1948 summer tour of European bases. That resulted in a second summer tour in 1949, including the experience of being the first entertainers airlifted into Berlin, defying the Cold War blockade.
Following graduation from Bowdoin, George worked in sales at General Motors Acceptance Corp., then was a laboratory administrator with Bettinger Corp. in Milford, Mass., engaged in the application of ceramic coatings.
In 1956, he married a former Bangor High classmate, Dorothy Curtis. In 1958, Dottie and George invested in a summer cottage “fixer-upper” in Southwest Harbor. After relocating to MDI from Massachusetts, they were blessed with five children in their first six years.
George joined the Jackson Laboratory in 1962 as an administrator in research and training, eventually serving as manager of special projects. He retired in 1991.
George was active in community and church affairs. He served several terms as president of the Church Council of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Manset, as president of the Causeway Golf and Kinfolk Paddle Clubs, as a member of the Southwest Harbor Board of Appeals and as a member of the Board of Directors of The Open Door Recovery Center in Ellsworth.
George was particularly grateful for their decision to move to Southwest Harbor with its spectacular beauty, for his loving family, for the innumerable hours of fun and enjoyment at the Causeway and Paddle Clubs and for his participation in the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous.
George was predeceased by his beloved life partner of 52 years, Dottie, his parents, brother-in-law Dr. Mario Ablondi and niece Gretchen Ablondi. He is survived by his five children, Catherine V. Doane and husband, Mark, of North Fort Myers, Fla., Mary V. Martin and husband, Scott, of Orrington, Margaret G. Vose of Southwest Harbor, Rachel S. Vose and husband, Angus Badger, of Jackson, N.H., and Thomas C. Vose and wife, Jennifer, of South Portland. He also is survived by 12 grandchildren, Christopher and Megan Doane of Fort Myers, Fla., Robert Martin of Tucson, Ariz., Emily Martin of Hampton, Va., Alexandra Stanley of Somerville, Mass., Nicholas Stanley and their father, David A. Stanley, of Southwest Harbor, Malcolm, Nina, Helen and Willem Badger of Jackson, N.H., and Gretchen and T.J. Vose of South Portland. He has a sister, Gretchen Vose Ablondi, of Chestnut Hill, Mass., a nephew, William Ablondi, of New York City, N.Y., and a niece, Margot Rutledge, and husband, Brett, of Yarmouth.
George leaves behind lifelong and very special friends from high school, Alan Baker of Orrington, David Getchell of Appleton and Walter Ulmer of Greensboro, N.C., who have given him great joy in their friendship and support over his lifetime.
George and his family also would like to thank VNA Hancock County Hospice, Dr. Vanessa Little, Dr. Tanya Hanke, Wanda Jewett and Lynn Higgins for their love and steadfast support of the entire Vose family in the years following Dottie’s death. Without them, George would not have been able to remain in the home he and Dottie so loved.
A celebration of life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Lucerne Inn in Dedham.
In lieu of flowers, and as a thank-you to the community for always caring for our parents, donations would be greatly appreciated in George’s memory to The Southwest Harbor/Tremont Ambulance Service, P.O. Box 437, Southwest Harbor, ME 04679.