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George W. Earley Jr. 1935-2020

George W. Earley Jr. of Marlborough, Ct died November 5th 2020 after a valiant show of

strength, dignity and humor in his extended fight against cancer. He was a kind,

generous man who had a gift for making others laugh and feel good about themselves.

He was man of many talents: an artist, fisherman, sportsman, singer, woodworker,

musician and master storyteller and was never at a loss for words.

The first-born child of George and Rita (Tranfalia) Earley, he led a full, diverse life that

began living in a large extended family he adored in Brookline, Ma. Bright, social and

industrious even as a boy, he sang soprano with the Boston symphony, delivered

flowers for Flannigan’s and helped in his Uncle Muldoon’s doughnut shop. He joined the

Air Force and served in the Korean War before he went on to earn his degrees from

Boston University. He became the youngest vice president of Sears and continued his

career in operations and distribution senior management for several companies that

included Sears, Rick’s Stop & Shop, Sound Playground, Lechmere, Leiser, and Alvin. A

natural with children, George sponsored several youth projects during his career,

served on the Andover Hebron Marlborough Youth Service board and several

community town boards. His favorite charity was St Jude’s Research Hospital.

After a brief retirement his outgoing nature and curious, indomitable spirit needed more

than woodworking, painting and cooking. He accepted a retirement job at Liberty Mutual

and met many wonderful friends he treasured. He loved being the grandpa, mentor and

Mr. Fix-it in the office. It was in retirement he found his favorite role as a justice of the

peace and considered it a great honor to be part of couples’ special day.

He was a man with a big personality and even bigger heart who will be remembered for

his charm and willingness to help others and for the sense of humor that never failed

him. He will be sorely missed by his “bride” of 33 years, Linda, his constant golden

retriever companion, Cali, his family and the many friends who became family over the


Due to COVID, a memorial service for George will be held in early summer of 2021 to

celebrate his life and share fond memories and stories.


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