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In Memory of

George H. Wilber

January 10, 1922 - October 12, 2016

Obituary


Dateline - Skowhegan
George H. Wilber, 94, of Norridgewock, passed away peacefully in Augusta, Maine, with his family at his side.
He was born on January 10, 1922 in Clinton, Massachusetts. He was the son of Harold Wilber and Hazel (Dagget) Wilber.
His greatest passion in life was flying, obtaining his private pilot's license at the age of 16. George had the good fortune to have own several planes throughout his life.
He enlisted in the US Army Air Corp two months prior to Pearl Harbor; serving in Panama and Guatemala....

Dateline - Skowhegan
George H. Wilber, 94, of Norridgewock, passed away peacefully in Augusta, Maine, with his family at his side.
He was born on January 10, 1922 in Clinton, Massachusetts. He was the son of Harold Wilber and Hazel (Dagget) Wilber.
His greatest passion in life was flying, obtaining his private pilot's license at the age of 16. George had the good fortune to have own several planes throughout his life.
He enlisted in the US Army Air Corp two months prior to Pearl Harbor; serving in Panama and Guatemala. While in the Army Air Corp he was an aircraft mechanic crew chief.
Upon discharge from the military, he joined the Civil Air Patrol and worked with his father in their auto body shop in South Lancaster, Massachusetts. He married Margaret Southwick and had three daughters, before moving his family to Miami, FL in 1955. George's son was born in 1960. After the passing of his first wife, he married Phyllis Closson in 1968 and welcomed two more sons and a daughter into the family. He pursued his love for flying continuing with the Civil Air Patrol doing search and rescue missions along the Florida coast. George retired from the Civil Air Patrol in 1972 achieving the rank of Major. He was a charter member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
George and his family moved to Norridgewock in 1972 where he continued to fly and work as an auto body painter with David Matthieu Company retiring in 1994. Since 2009, he lived at Mount Saint Joseph in Waterville where he loved to play games, build model airplanes, and draw. George was a 30 year survivor of Parkinson's Disease.
He is survived by his children, Bobbi Heck of Loxahatchee, FL, Patti Bowie and husband Craig Peters of Tamarac, FL, Elaine Jones and husband Frank of Vero Beach, FL, Thomas Closson and his wife Brenda of Madison, Steve Closson and his wife Susan of Madison, Susan Strickland and husband George of South Berwick, James Wilber and wife Nancy of North Belgrade; He was very proud of his 20 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his mother and father, one sister June Wilber, his first wife Margaret Wilber, his second wife Phyllis Wilber, and his granddaughter Heather Young.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 23rd at 4:00 PM at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Norridgewock, 30 Upper Main St, Norridgewock, Maine.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Smart & Edwards Funeral Home, 183 Madison Ave., Skowhegan, Maine.
Donations may be made in his memory to Mount St. Joseph, 7 Highwood St., Waterville, Maine 04901 or the Maine General Hospice P.O. Box 828, Waterville, Maine 04903-0828.