In memory of
George H. Wilber
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In memory of
George H. Wilber
George H. Wilber 1922 - 2016 NORRIDGEWOCK - George H. Wilber, 94, of Norridgewock, passed away peacefully in Augusta, Oct. 12, 2016, with his family at his side. He was born Jan. 10, 1922, in Clinton, Mass. He was the son of Harold Wilber and Hazel (Dagget) Wilber. His greatest passion in life was flying, obtaining his private pilot's license at the age of 16. George had the good fortune to have owned several planes throughout his life. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps two months prior to Pearl Harbor, serving in Panama and Guatemala. While in the Army Air Corps, he was an aircraft mechanic crew chief. Upon discharge from the military, he joined the Civil Air Patrol and worked with his father in their autobody shop in South Lancaster, Mass. He married Margaret Southwick and had three daughters, before moving his family to Miami, Fla., in 1955. George's son was born in 1960. After the passing of his first wife, he married Phyllis Closson in 1968 and welcomed two more sons and a daughter into the family. He pursued his love for flying, continuing with the Civil Air Patrol doing search and rescue missions along the Florida coast. George retired from the Civil Air Patrol in 1972, achieving the rank of major. He was a charter member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. George and his family moved to Norridgewock in 1972, where he continued to fly and work as an autobody painter with David Matthieu Company, retiring in 1994. Since 2009, he lived at Mount Saint Joseph in Waterville, where he loved to play games, build model airplanes, and draw. George was a 30-year survivor of Parkinson's disease. He is survived by his children, Bobbi Heck of Loxahatchee, Fla., Patti Bowie and husband Craig Peters of Tamarac, Fla., Elaine Jones and husband Frank of Vero Beach, Fla., Thomas Closson and his wife Brenda of Madison, Steve Closson and his wife Susan of Madison, Susan Strickland and husband George of South Berwick, and James Wilber and wife Nancy of North Belgrade. He was very proud of his 20 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, a great-great-grandson, and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother and father; one sister, June Wilber; his first wife, Margaret Wilber; his second wife, Phyllis Wilber; and his granddaughter, Heather Young. A memorial service will be held Sunday, Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Norridgewock, 30 Upper Main St., Norridgewock. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan. Donations may be made in his memory to Mount St. Joseph 7 Highwood Street Waterville, ME 04901, or MaineGeneral Hospice P.O. Box 828 Waterville, ME 04903-0828
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