At the age of 90, George Guilford Menut, of Hartford, transitioned peacefully from his earthly body on Thursday, March 24, 2022 enfolded in Agape love with his wife Marie at his side. As in life, so as is in death, Marie and George did everything together. As he was taking his last breath, George had just finished receiving a Tibetan bowl blessing and exchanged words of love with Marie.
Born on June 12, 1931, in Hackensack, NJ to Dacre Menut and Frances Potts Menut. George took his first trip as a one-month-old baby, in a shoebox, as he and his parents moved to Vermont. George was a resident of East Hartford for over 35 years.
On 10/22/1991 in a Sweat Lodge in Missouri, George and Marie took their first of three sets of wedding vows. On 12/14/1991 in front of their fireplace at home in East Hartford, CT they pledged their love to each other again; and for the third time on 6/12/2011 in the middle of a Labyrinth in Granby, CT. Surrounded by the sounds of Tibetan Bowls and Gongs, vows were administered by both a Rabbi and a Minister.
For over 40 years, George honed his craft as a Toolmaker working for Hamilton Standard and Pratt & Whitney, retiring in 1991. In that capacity, in addition to toolmaking, he spent many hours training and guiding new machinists as they started up.
George will be remembered as having an adventurous spirit. For his 50th birthday he took a motorcycle tour across the United States and spent that momentous birthday at Yellowstone National Park.
As a lifelong learner, and right before his transition, George was taking a Smithsonian Museum online course in Quantum Mechanics. He and Marie were both fascinated by the inner workings of the James Webb telescope, as well as the question of just how far back in time could this newly designed telescope actually see. George also returned to Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) to complete his degree and, at age 70, graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Psychology.
George volunteered in a variety of positions at Unity of Greater Hartford as a member of the Board of Trustees, singing Bass in the Choir, attending Drum Circles and other activities. For one of Unity’s special occasions, George attached poles and hung 12 banners from the rafters in the Sanctuary. He also headed up the transition team responsible for the construction and design of Unity of Greater Hartford’s South Windsor location and then, for many years, took on the position of custodian and keeper of the flame. After taking Marie’s class in Vibrational Healing using Tibetan Singing Bowls, George joined the Alliance for Holistic Living. He then volunteered with Marie in holistic fairs and expositions in Connecticut, so others could experience and learn the benefits of living a holistic life.
George is survived by his wife Marie Cogan Jarvis Menut of Hartford, CT; his daughter Karen Cornwell and her husband Larry of Sparta, NC; his sons John Menut of Waterbury, CT, Charles Menut of Sparta, NC; and Gary Menut with Lisa Depuy of Port Orange, FL; his step-son Thomas Gervais and wife Kate of West Hartford, CT; step-daughter Susan Jarvis Cody and husband Craig of North Granby, CT; step-daughter MaryBeth Jarvis and husband Scott Kucera of Harrisburg, OR; grand-daughters Jennifer Wareham and Mouse McLure, step-grandchildren James Cody, Maia, Leah and Tristen Kucera and Jules Karsten along with many nieces, nephews, friends and extended family.
You are invited to a Celebration of George’s life which will take place at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Unity of Greater Hartford, 919 Ellington Road, South Windsor, CT (2 doors down from Mill on the River). You are encouraged to dress colorfully and bring your drum, Tibetan Bowl or other percussion instrument to celebrate.
George believed in the teachings and principles of his Spiritual Center and would like to see it continue to reach as many souls as possible. If you would like to contribute to this energy of learning, consider a contribution to Unity of Greater Hartford (www.unityhartford.org/donate).