George A. Stinnett, 89, of Portland, passed away at his home on October 27, 2016.
He was born July 31, 1927, at home in South Portland, Me, the son of late Jesse W. Stinnett and Margaret Pray.
He attended school at Fort McKinley on Great Diamond Island while his father was serving in the Army. They later moved to Portland where he attended Portland Schools. George joined the service as a Combat Merchant Marine at the age of 15 serving on many Liberty Ships, such as the S.S Oakey L. Alexander, which split in two off the coast of Cape Elizabeth in 1947. He was very proud of his service to his country during World War II, as he followed in his father’s footsteps. He was always sharing his many stories that involved many foreign countries, such as France where a German POW gave him a buzz cut, or in Brussels, where he brought back home the statue of Manneken Pis, the Brussels fountain Boy or the Japanese Sword from the beaches of New Guinea. His ship carried supplies to General MacArthur in the Pacific Theatre.
After his return, he married Anne Howard Brasier in February 1947, in Portland. He spent the rest of his life after returning from Military, working at HP Hood Dairy doing many positions, from janitor, to cleaning the machine, working in the Ice Cream Plant and eventually driving Tractor Trailer, one of the many joys of driving was seeing the beautiful country, he loved riding in Vermont through the mountains in the old rigs.
He was a member of the American Legion and member of the US Naval Institute. He was an avid railroad fan, loved to read up on trains, or anything World War II related. He would spend many weekends at Bookland buying a new book and spending the following week reading.
Many summers were spent on Little Sebago Lake at the camp , swimming , boating, and spending time with his family on the water until he and Anne sold the camp to purchase an in ground swimming pool. He would spend many days cleaning and perfecting the clarity of the water so it was just perfect to go swimming. Many grandchildren learned to swim in the backyard pool.
George was a caring, loving grandfather who spoiled his grandchildren. There were many trips to amusement parks all over the country, as well as, historical venues such as Washington DC’s Arlington Cemetery.
He was predeceased by his wife Anne B. Stinnett., his parents Jesse and Margaret, as well as his sister Carlina Hatch and brother Richard Stinnett. He is survived by his sister Barbara Wildes and his only daughter and son-in-law, Paul and Gayle Beote of Portland; his grandchildren, Laura and William Carignan, Brian and Tammy Beote and Amy Beote; his Great Grandchildren are Bethany Beote, Shane Beote, Shannon Beote and Nicole Carignan. Last but not least his Great Great Grandchild Zeke DeWever, he was always so impressed that he lived long enough to see.
George also had a soft spot in his heart for animals, especially his Bichon Frise named Silly, whom was by his side until he passed away.
A service is to be held Friday at Maine Veterans Cemetery, 163 Mount Vernon Road, Augusta on Friday, November 4, 2016 at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Animal Refuge League.