George H. "Lefty" Vereault
Published in the Bangor Daily News on 7/7/2008.
HOLDEN - George H.
"Grampy" Vereault, 79, husband of the late Amanda (Hafford)
Vere-ault, passed away July 5, 2008, at home after a brief, but courageous
battle with cancer. He was born July 1, 1929, in Brewer, the son of Victor
and Villa (Gray) Vereault. George graduated from Brewer High School.
He played basketball, baseball and football, where baseball became his
legend. Baseball took him to Boston, where he pitched in the Minor Leagues
with the Philadelphia Athletics, Brooklyn Dodgers, Boston Braves and Boston
Red Sox. George had a great left arm on him and this is where he earned
the nickname "Lefty."
In 1953 George's career in baseball ended when he was drafted into the
U.S. Army to serve in the Korean War. Upon returning home he was employed
by the Bangor Post Office, as a letter carrier for 30 years and met many
friends. After retiring he spent many summers at his camp on Schoodic
Lake and gardening at his home in Holden.
His great love was his great-grandchildren, where he spent numerous hours
shifting from hockey to basketball, to softball to baseball, sometimes
all in one day, but always with a proud smile on his face.
The greatest accomplishment George achieved was committing himself to
doting, loving and caring for his wife for four years, during her extended
illness. He was a dedicated husband. George, who was known as "Grampy"
to all that knew him, will be greatly and sadly missed throughout the
years to come.
He is survived by his daughter and wonderful son-in-law, Sue and Dennis
McCurdy; two grandchildren, Dennis "Denny" McCurdy, and Michelle
and her husband, David Green, all of Brewer; four great-grandchild-ren,
Brittany and Mackenzie McCurdy, and Cassy and Cameron Green; two brothers,
Donnie Vereault of Old Town and Charlie Vereault and his wife, Patsy,
of Orland; one sister, Marjorie Lacadie of Milford; several nieces and
nephews that he adored; special friends, Frank Sargeant, Tex Strang, his
morning crew at Brewer McDonalds and his Brewer bowling buddies. In addition
to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by three sisters, Margaret
Vere-ault, Dorothy Lavoie and Cecile MacDonald.
Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, at Brookings-Smith, Clark-Piper
Chapel, 55 South Main St., Brewer, where funeral services will be held
11 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, with the Rev. Richard M. Dickinson, chaplain,
Maine Air National Guard, officiating. Interment with military honors
will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Brewer, immediately after the service.
The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments
at Brookings-Smith Family Rooms, 55 South Main St., Brewer, after the
Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.