George E. Huntington
Published in the
Times Argus from 6/24/2009 - 6/26/2009
BRADFORD - Tragedy
struck June 19, 2009. While on his way to Burlington to help coach yet
another AAU practice, George Edward Huntington, 68, died in a car accident.
He was born Sept. 5, 1940, the son of Wanda (Champagne) and George C.
He graduated from
Bradford Academy in 1958 having accomplished legendary feats in athletics,
namely basketball. His high school career ended with leading his team
to a Class L State Championship against Ludlow scoring over 40 points.
He set a new state record with 47 points scored in one game. By the end
of his career, he had yet another state record, having scored 1,935 points,
a record that held for nearly 25 years. Mind you, this was back when the
schedules were typically 14 games and play was with a running clock and
no three point shots.
He spent the coming
years as follows:
1960-1962 Played professional baseball for Milwaukee Braves;
1960-1964 Plymouth State - B.S. in physical education;
1963 Married his high school sweetheart, Donna Drew of Piermont, N.H.;
1963-1965 Lions Youth Sports;
1963-1967 played professional baseball club, Coaticook, Quebec, earned
an MVP Award, and was the manager in 1964;
1965-1968 assistant scout for St. Louis Cardinals;
1965-1968 assistant baseball coach Ball State University;
1964-1967 director of health and physical education, head coach varsity
basketball, baseball, soccer, track and field, gymnastics for Orleans
1967 director of Headstart for the Northeast Kingdom;
1967-1968 Ball State University - Graduate Assistanceship/ M.S. Physical
1967 - 1972 assistant professor/Head Coach Basketball and Baseball, Lyndon
State College; 1972-2009 His pilgrimage back to Bradford began during
the time he was teaching and coaching at Lyndon State College. He would
spend his weekends and holidays working and coaching Bradford Youths Sports
in Bradford where he subsequently committed the rest of his life to raising
his family, youth sports and to the growth of his beloved hometown.
His passion for community service and business grew dramatically from
his love to teach and help others. His business career started in Bradford
when he purchased his first piece of property which he renovated and began
running a residential care home for the elderly with his mother.
There was nothing
George loved more than spending time with his children and grandchildren.
The void created by his absence will never be replaced. The hearts of
all who knew him will forever ache.
He is survived by his brothers Henry and Hollis Huntington. His four children:
Ron and Randall Huntington, Jade and Jeff Strohm and her children, Sydney,
7, and twins Rylee and Jordin, 23 months, and lastly, Jasmyn and Marc
Monroe, who will welcome another Huntington child in early August.
Services will be
held at Hales Funeral Home in Bradford. The viewing will be Friday the
26th from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 p.m. The funeral will be Saturday the 27th at
11 a.m. in the Oxbow Gymnasium. Reception to follow at the Oxbow Cafeteria.