George Dana Rhodes, 86

QUINEBAUG, Conn. — George Dana Rhodes, 86, passed away on Oct. 20, surrounded by his family in the Harrington Memorial Hospital, Southbridge, after a brief illness.

He leaves his wife of 39 years, Helen (Dusza) Rhodes; his daughter, Diane Gregoire and her husband Leo of Holland; his son, David Rhodes of Sturbridge; his brother-in-law, William Lauzonis of Auburn; his two step-daughters, Linda Neff of Webster and Susanne Regis of Charlton; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchilden; a nephew, Charles Olson of  Portsmouth, NH  and a niece, Allayne  Nelson and  her husband Douglas of Auburn.   He was predeceased by two  sisters, Cynthia Lauzonis and Shirley-Ann Olson.

He was born in Worcester the son of George and Vera (Bylund) Rhodes and raised in Auburn, and attended Auburn Schools and Boston University.   He was a US Army Veteran of the Korean War and served as a corporal with the 7th Infantry Regiment.

George was a manager at Singletary Rod and Gun Club in Oxford for 13 years. He retired from Allmerica Financial in Worcester in 1997 where he was employed in the Security Department. He was a member of the American Legion, Life Member of the V.F.W. and of Singletary Rod and Gun Club in Oxford.  He served on the Board of Directors for several years at Quinebaug Park, Inc. in Quinebaug, Conn. where he lived for 39 years.

George enjoyed gardening, boating, camping and fishing in Vermont, Maine and Florida, and making Swedish glogg on the holidays. For many years he ran cribbage tournaments and experienced three 29 hands.  He enjoyed playing football when he attended Boston University and also when he was in the Army.

A graveside service for George will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. in the Holland Cemetery, 29 Brimfield Rd., Holland.  There are no calling hours.

His family request to please omit flowers and donations in George’s memory may be made to Worcester Children’s Friend, Inc., 21 Cedar  Street, Worcester, MA  01609.

The Daniel T. Morrill Funeral Home, 130 Hamilton St., Southbridge, is directing arrangements.

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