Portland, ME -- George H. Wentworth, 74, of Portland, passed away Thursday, November 24, 2016, at Portland Center for Assisted Living. Raised in Cornish, Maine, George was born in Manchester, New Hampshire on February 5, 1942, the son of Herbert Wentworth and Josephine (St. Pierre) Wentworth.
Always full of humor, he enjoyed entertaining his family and friends with funny stories and singing while and playing his guitar. George was an avid baseball and hockey fan but harness racing was his true passion and he began his career as the owner, trainer and driver of Standardbred horses in the early 1960’s. On February 5, 1977, he married Diane Ward and together they raced horses in Maine until Diane’s death in 2010.
In 1981, George earned the nickname of “Long-shot George” when he drove Rod’s Faybill in a race at Scarborough Downs, going off at odds of 681/1. When the favorites broke stride at the top of the stretch, George steered his horse wide and won the race, resulting in a harness racing world record payoff of $1,365.80 for a single $2 win ticket wager, a record which still stands today.
Survivors include his siblings, Nancy St. Clair, of Lyman; Elaine Terroni, of Portland; and Alan Wentworth of Cornish; his children, Susan Wentworth, of Lewiston; Amy Carbone, of Lebanon; Peter Wentworth, of Sanford; and Mark Wentworth of Springvale; and eight grandchildren. George was predeceased by his wife, Diane, in 2010; his parents; a sister, Janet Douglass; and a granddaughter, Savannah Picard.
Honoring his wishes, there will be no funeral service. Friends and family are invited to gather at Scarborough Downs on Sunday, December 4, for a race in George’s memory