George L. Austin, age 89, of Stoneham and formerly of Wakefield, died peacefully surrounded by his family on August 17, 2016, in Melrose. Mr. Austin was born in Mattawamkeag, ME, on November 15, 1926, and was the son of the late Bertrand and Julia B. (McDonough) Austin.
Raised in Mattawamkeag, he graduated from high school there in 1944 and later graduated from Northeastern University in Boston in 1951. He then started a 36-year career with the American Mutual Insurance Company in Wakefield, where he worked as an underwriter. Active in the community, he served aspresident of the Wakefield Chamber of Commerce, was a member of the Toastmasters Club and also active in the Boy Scouts of America and the Explorer Scouts. He also enjoyed many retirement years living in Little River, SC. He was a true mentor that spoke through actions and always had a kind word of encouragement.
Mr. Austin was the beloved husband of Madeline H. (Hiltz) Austin. He was also the loving father of Edward J. Austin and his fiancee, Patricia Neals, and Gretchen A. DiNanno and her husband, James M. DiNanno. He was the brother of the late Thornton M. and Robert W. Austin. He was the loving grandfather of Vanessa and Brian Austin and James A. DiNanno and wife, Liz, and Robert DiNanno. He was the brother-in-law of Mary Austin of ME. He was the uncle of Moira Peterson and her husband David of Wrentham, Jenness Whitaker and husband, David, of ME and the late Julie, John and Elizabeth Austin.
His funeral service will be held in the Wakefield-Lynnfield United Methodist Church, 273 Vernon Street, Wakefield, on Thursday at 11 a.m. Visitation for relatives and friends will be held at McDonald Funeral Home, 19 Yale Ave., Wakefield, on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. Private Interment in Mattawamkeag, ME, will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Austin's name may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 10 Brookline Pl. West, 6th Flr., Brookline, MA 02445, attn: Contribution Services.