George A. Paine, Sr.
BELLINGHAM- George A. Paine, Sr., 76, of Bellingham, passed away suddenly at home on May 30, 2011.
George was born in Cumberland, RI, on January 12, 1935, to the late Frederick H. and Emily L.H. (Hardy) Paine.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Pauline H. (Bergeron) Paine. He leaves behind 3 adoring children, George A. Paine, Jr., his wife, Cynthia of Douglas, MA; Sandra P. Rust, her husband Randy of Largo, FL; and Cynthia J. Crozier of Woonsocket. He also leaves behind his 6 cherished grandchildren, Emily Crozier of Woonsocket, Ashley Crozier of Bellingham, and George A. Paine III, Andrew, Jonathan, and Nathaniel Paine of Douglas, MA. He was the youngest of 6 children, the late Hazel B. Leavens, Winifred M. Paine, Thomas G. Paine of Woonsocket, Edythe L. Hand of Bellingham, and the late Dr. Doris E. Roberts. He was uncle and great-uncle to many nieces and nephews.
George was raised in Manville before moving to Bellingham in 1964.
He was employed as a Production Controller at Ocean State Finishing Co. for many years until retiring in 1993. He previously worked at Quincy Dye Works, Fashion Sportswear, and Gracious Living - where he met his wife, Pauline. George was a life-long musician. His professional career started in the 1950's with Dick Williams and the Country Wranglers. The band was heard on local AM radio as Dick Williams' Country Jamboree. He later formed, with the other members, Grem Ferris and the Wheels. The band performed at The Paddock, Silver Lake Club, Indian Ranch and many other local places as well as radio. George went on to a solo career in the early to mid-1970's, playing at Bolduc's Lounge, Ann's Place and multiple other venues as well as providing entertainment at weddings and other party functions throughout the eastern seaboard. He also appeared as a guest entertainer on Grem Ferris' Wrentham Local Cable TV program. More recently, he and his brother, Tom, formed a duo called The Derby Boys. They played old-time sing-a-long music and won 1st Place at a local talent show.
George was a communicate of St. Blaise Church and the former Assumption Church, as well as a former member of the Episcopal Emmanuel Church of Cumberland. For many years, he played the organ at the 11:30 Sunday Mass at Assumption while his sister Edythe sang. Along with his brother, Tom and son, George, he became a member of the Living History Association performing re-enactments of World War II European Theater battles. He gave organ lessons, enjoyed working on cars and was a home improvement enthusiast. Passionate about his music, very proud of his accomplishments, and devoted to his family, he will be greatly missed.
Funeral will be held on Friday, June 3rd, at 9:00 a.m. from CARTIER'S FUNERAL HOME, 151 So. Main St. (Rte 126), Bellingham, MA with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. at St. Blaise Church, 1158 So. Main St., Bellingham. Interment will follow at St. Jean Baptiste Cemetery. Visiting hours are on Thursday, June 2nd, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of George to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Massachusetts/Rhode Island chapter, to help those with CF, which includes his grandson, Nathaniel. www.cff.org.
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