BROOKFIELD — George J. Carpenter passed away peacefully at home on July 26.
He was the beloved husband of the late Michaelle (Hubbard) Carpenter, and the devoted father of his youngest daughter and caretaker, Janis and her husband Clifford Fontaine, of Brookfield, his daughter, Leslie, and her husband Jeffery Blodgett, of Putnam, Conn., his son Daniel Carpenter and his wife, Brenda, of Ware, and his eldest son Mark Carpenter and his wife, Lydia, of Englewood, Fla. He was the loving grandfather to Jacqueline Fontaine and Ryan Carpenter, and great-grandfather to Jillian Hubbard, Jason Parzych, and Mason, Abigail and Dillon Carpenter. He was predeceased by four brothers, and is survived by many nieces and nephews.
George grew up in Hartford, and shortly after his graduation, he served in the U.S. Air Force as an Aerial Engineer. Following his honorable discharge, he attended Northeastern University, graduating as a Mechanical Engineer, specializing in Bio-Medical Endoscopes. His career in fiber optics began in the fiber optics division of the American Optical Company. He also worked for Mosaic Fabrication in the Bendix Corp. Division, and he retired from Schott Fiberoptics, Inc. After his retirement, he continued working for Scope Technologies in Pomfret, Conn., finally retiring at the age of 85. He was a brilliant engineer, authoring eight patents in the field of fiber optics. George loved his work, mentoring others and made many friends along the way.
In his spare time, George was a former volunteer for several organizations including the Southbridge Youth Center, the Suicide Prevention Hotline, and the Gateway Players. He was very artistic in stained glass and string art. He also loved spending time with his family, including his many visits to Wright’s Chicken Farm. In his later years, George was well known for his hat-wearing, cane-twirling daily walks through Brookfield Meadows. He will be well remembered for his sense of humor, and for always being the friendliest, kindest and most intelligent man we’ve known.
A prayer service will be Friday, August 10, at 5 p.m. at Sansoucy Funeral Home, 40 Marcy Street, Southbridge, followed by calling hours from 5:30-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please consider making memorial donations in George’s name to Second Chance Animal Shelter, PO Box 136, East Brookfield, MA 01515.