George Spencer Fletcher of Westford

 

Mr. George Spencer Fletcher, 83, native son of Westford, MA, died peacefully on March 15, 2017 at Lowell General Hospital.

He was married to Mrs. Deborah (Levi) Fletcher, with whom he would have celebrated their 28th wedding anniversary in April.

George was the son of the late Walter and Grace (Taylor) Fletcher. George was a graduate of Westford Academy with the class of 1951 and the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst in 1953.

He was a fourth generation dairy farmer in Westford and was the founder and operator of Fletchers Stoney Brook Acres Farm Stand.

Besides farming, George had a long career of service to the Town of Westford. He worked for the Westford Fire Department for 43 years and was the Deputy Fire Chief for over 20 of those years. He served as the Animal Control Officer, Animal Inspector, and the Sealer of Weights and Measures. He was on the original Master Plan Committee in the 1960s and served on the Highway Garage Building Committee. George served as a Westford Selectman and was a Trustee of Westford Academy.

George was also passionate about protecting Westford's environment, and served on the Westford Conservation Committee for five years. As his father before him, George served as the caretaker for East Boston Camps in Westford for 40 years and was proud to be instrumental in preserving East Boston Camps as conservation land.

George was 32nd degree Mason for over 50 years at the Caleb Butler Lodge in Ayer, MA.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, Peter S. Fletcher and his partner Christopher Hartmann of Boston, MA and Robert Fletcher and his wife, Cheryl, of South Hampton, MA, three daughters, Sandra LaPrade and her partner, Randy Allmon of Grafton, MA, Janet and her husband, Michael Palermo of Nashua, NH and Lauren Fletcher of Hudson, NH, a stepson Levi Rothman and his wife Esther of Las Vegas, NV, a step daughter Sarah Rothman and her husband Nicholas Kershbaumer, of Manchester, NH, fourteen grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and many close family friends.

He was preceded by his siblings Roland Fletcher, Willard Fletcher, Walter Fletcher, and Charlotte (Fletcher) Stone. He is survived by his sister Barbara (Fletcher) Greenhalg of VA.

Visiting hours Tues. 3 to 7pm at the DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 106 MIDDLESEX ST. N. CHELMSFORD, MA. A Thanksgiving for the Life of George Fletcher will be held on Sunday, March 26 at 2 p.m. at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 10 Billerica Road in Chelmsford, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Caleb Butler Masonic Lodge in Ayer, MA. Arrangements by Dolan Funeral Home 978-251-4041.

Visitation

March 21, 2017
3-7P.M.
Dolan Funeral Home

Funeral

March 26, 2017
2P.M.
All Saints Episcopal Church
  1. Dan Foley says:

    Hi Deb,
    I’m so sorry to hear about George’s passing. I came across his obituary somewhat by accident today, April 17. George was a hell of a man who I greatly admired. I hope you’re well. Again, my sincerest condolences.

  2. Alison Nash says:

    Dear Debbie & family, my deepest sympathy at this time! I have great memories of George and working together with you. He was a great man!

  3. Lucia Jimenez says:

    Janet,
    I’m so sorry for you loss. Thinking of you and your family.

  4. Laura Sanders says:

    Janet, So incredibly sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

  5. jonatha kerr says:

    Janet,
    I’m so sorry for you loss. Thinking of you and your family.

  6. Geraldine (Borland) Fitzpatrick says:

    George Fletcher was an icon of the community. As students we always felt safe in the presence of Mr. George Fletcher, on the school bus we use to love riding by his farm.and seeing the animals…It was a special time and place with a very special man whom was a model citizen and help make Westford the community it is today. We will always have fond memories of George Fletcher…… RIP Mr. Fletcher……

  7. Pat Dean Aubrey says:

    Many fond memories of cutting through our yard and Maffini’s to go the back way to the farm. He was always so nice to us. So many Fletchers in Westford, and all nice people. Pat Dean Aubrey.

  8. Jerry Burns says:

    Peter, I remember your father quite well. He was a great man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Peace.

  9. Cyndee & Ron Frere says:

    Debby and family–so sorry to learn of George’s death….our deepest condolences to you and family.

  10. Lisa Gradie Comley says:

    Thoughts going out to your whole family. Always liked Mr. Fletcher, he is a great man. Much love to the whole family.

  11. The Harkness Family, Scott, Angela, Alex Jimmy and Joe says:

    I will never forget how we would pick out a Christmas tree at the farm stand and it would be delivered to our door before we even made it home. My kids always thought it was part of the magic of Christmas but really it was George. George knew so much about so many things, we have all lost a great friend and a fine human being. Westford won’t be quite the same without his straight talk, his big smile and his hearty laugh. We will miss you George.

  12. Leo Dunn says:

    George, a great man of service with a love of family and country.

  13. Paula Lamy says:

    Fletcher Family, please accept my condolences to your entire family. George was the best for Westford. Always caring and always smiling. He was the best of the best and will be remembered fondly. Prayers to you all.
    Love, Paula & Brad

  14. Joe Lapiana says:

    As a long time resident of Westford first as a summer visitor and then 53 years in my home, George was always there with a smile, answer to a question, or with a great story. He gave tirelessly of time and energy to the town and served as a model for so many Westford residents. Thoughts and prayers to Debbie and family members.

  15. Lillian Lelless says:

    Truly he was a pillar of our community. He will be missed. Memory eternal.

  16. Suzannah Caporale Stone says:

    I will always remember George’s smiling face every time I visited the East Boston Camps with my father. Thinking of George and his family at this difficult time.

  17. Westford Cub Scout Pack 100 says:

    We are so saddened by the passing of George. We will miss his friendly and enthusiastic greetings and of course his fun and interesting stories. East Boston Camps holds a special place for our Cub Scout Pack and we are so grateful to George for making it so special for so many of us.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Fletcher family.

    Westford Cub Scout Pack 100

  18. Debbi White says:

    Dear friend to camp and me. Don’t know what I would have done without him professionally or personally over all those years
    Truly a wonderful man

  19. Barbara DaSilva says:

    My deepest condolences to the Fletcher family. My mother Ruth and I had the pleasure of meeting George at the Senior Center last year and spent many wonderful, but too brief, lunches with this beautiful man. His stories of Westford and family were amazing. Always brought a smile to our faces.

    Barbara DaSilva

  20. Ralph Basner says:

    George was an awesome neighbor. He always let me as a teenager, hunt pheasants on his farm (late 60s & early 70s) and would often stop his tractor and chat, asking about my parents, etc. A good man. I’ll always remember him with fondness.

  21. Susan Panzini says:

    RIP George Fletcher,he was a good friend to East Boston Camps

  22. Mark Scolnick says:

    George was a very good man,gave to the community and always helped others. It was a pleasure doing business with him and socializing with him.
    He will be missed by all.

  23. Jim Cassetta says:

    I had the pleasure and priviledge of working with both George and his dad Walter. The years spent working at East Boston Camps were enriched by George, Walter, and the entire Fletcher family. The lives of the hundreds of kids attending the camps over the
    years were made better by George. Jim Cassetta…

  24. Susan Panzini says:

    George was a great guy ,always looking after East Boston Camps ,years ago we had dinner over his house myself Susan Panzini ,,Debbie White ,,,Eddie Contilli we had a good time ,so sorry for your loss RIP
    We all worked at the camp

  25. John Palermo says:

    The world is a lesser place now. May he rest in peace.

  26. Edith Daley says:

    My mother would want to wish the Fletcher family condolences. I write for all of us in gratitude for farming advice he gave her, his warm conversations with her, and all that he did for Westford. She admired him and spoke gratefully of him so often. Be assured of prayers.

  27. Lynn Kimber says:

    I met George through my delinquent dog who loved to go on runs. George was always kind and would find him and bring him home. As my children grew they too grew found of Mr Fletcher, he always had a smile and time to share his day with kids. He will be missed by us all. I will always remember his warm welcoming smile.

  28. Corey Bartkus Cole says:

    Mr Fletcher was one of the kindest men I’ve ever met. When I first moved to Westford he was so generous with his time helping me deal with whatever my problem was in his capacity serving the town. My young family loved going to his pumpkin field to pick out a pumpkin and have a tractor ride. These are not small acts, they are what bind you to a community. He will be missed, but so fondly remembered.

  29. pat says:

    My husband and I had the pleasure of meeting George when he was the dog officer in Westford. Over the years we would see him at the East Boston Camps. He was always smiling. We are sorry for your loss. He was a very kind man.

    Pat & Alex Struzziero

  30. Bob Frank says:

    Before I came up to New England to be with Marilyn, she warned me to never ask her to choose between me and the cows. Thus became a Sunday ritual of breakfast with George, his family and whomever might show up to chew the fat. George was best man at our wedding and he built a dance floor and hosted the reception. Together, we pruned East Boston Camp of dead trees. Lately, we had dinner together when he was up for it and it was always a trip down memory lane and lots of laughs. I’ll miss you Buddy.

  31. Sue Higgins says:

    Our prayers and love are with you all at this time of loss. George was an amazing man. He did so many wonderful things for his community. He will be missed.
    Our deepest sympathy,
    Sue and Mike Higgins

  32. Chris Hurst says:

    Debbie and Family,

    George will be greatly missed! Many great times at your home with the dogs and with H.Arnold Wilder.
    He will be greatly missed. It was a privilege and a honor to know him!

    Chris

  33. Bill Olsen says:

    One of the outstanding citizens of Westford who would do anything to help people!

  34. Marilyn Frank says:

    I met George when I became his daughter Lauren’s first grade teacher. I asked if I could help him milk cows. The answer was yes. Thirteen years of milking until the cows got sold. And thus was born a very special friendship that has lasted all these years. I cherish my memories of him, of our talks, of all the experiences we had together. He will forever be in my heart with much love. ❤️

  35. Denali Delmar says:

    What a fine friend to Westford. George was a cherished institution here. He will be missed, yet his memory will bring smiles.

    I am grateful to have known him.

    Denali Delmar

  36. Marian Harman says:

    George was one of the first people we met when we moved to Westford in 1973. He and his side-kick Arnold Wilder were a fixture in Westford and in our lives. We worked with George on many conservation projects, and always valued his sage advice. We will miss him greatly. Love to all the Fletcher family. Marian and Bill Harman

  37. Helena Crocker says:

    Will miss you, Pal..Rest in Peace. love, Mickey Crocker.

  38. Valerie Francisco says:

    Fletcher Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest sympathies. George was one of my neighbors back when I lived in Westford, and he was such a warmhearted, loving person. My brother and I used to love walking down to his store every day to get a snack and pet the goats. He always greeted us with the happiest smile.

    You are in our thoughts during this difficult time.

  39. Cheryl Masson says:

    Laurie and Family, so sorry for your loss, thinking of you and your family.

    With Deepest Sympathy,

    Cheryl Roux Masson

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