GEORGE's Story

STOCKTON SPRINGS - George Tsetsilas died October 23, 2014 after a recent period of declining health. George was born September 4, 1925 in Derry, NH, the youngest of six children of Nicholas and Adrianna (Makris) Tsetsilas.

George attended Pinkerton Academy in Derry and graduated from Roxbury Memorial H.S. in Roxbury, MA. Following graduation, he enlisted in the Navy Seabees and served in the Pacific Theater from 1943-1946. Returning stateside, he met his future wife, Alice Merrithew in Boston, and they were married October 17, 1948 in Manchester, NH.

In 1950, they moved to Maine and settled in Stockton Springs. While living there, he worked in Bucksport for 38 years as an employee of St. Regis/Champion Paper Mill. In Stockton, he helped form the first Little League team and was an early president of the Waldo County Little League organization. He was also a member of the SS Volunteer Fire Dept., Pownal Lodge #119, AF& AM, the SS Historical Society, the SS Community Library Board, and the Jerry W. Dobbins American Legion Post #157. He liked gardening and thoroughly enjoyed eating his home-grown vegetables as well as Alice's cooking/baking. He was a die-hard Red Sox fan and during football season, he rooted for the New York Giants. He also loved music from the 40's era and "cowboy" music.

George is survived by his son, Stephen, of Prospect; his daughter, Georgene Coombs (Richard) of Northport; his granddaughter, Karen Coombs (Michael Calaway) of Houston, TX and his grandson, Kevin Coombs (Shannon) of Belfast; his great-grandsons, Landon and Chamberlain Coombs of Belfast and Rory Calaway of Houston. He is also survived by his sister, Jennie Noviello of Jamaica Plains, MA; sisters-in-law, Marion Merrithew of Belfast and Esther Tsetsilas of Derry, NH; brothers-in-law, Rodney and Edgar Merrithew of Stockton Springs. Other survivors are several nieces and nephews including his godson, Nick Balasalle (Kay); special nephews Stratty Balasalle (Mary Ellen); Tony and John (Linda) Noviello; special nieces, Peggy Zaferacopoulos, Bessie Tsairdis, and Adrienne (Jerry) Burke, all of Massachusetts; several grand and great-grand nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Alice, two brothers, Arthur and Jean Tsetsilas, and two sisters, Christine Theodore and Lillian Balasalle.

Visiting hours for family and friends will be held 5-7PM, Tuesday, October 28 at Young Funeral Home, 31 West Main St. Searsport. Memorial service will take place on Wednesday, October 29, at 11AM at Young Funeral Home with Rev. Susan Murphy officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Prospect Cemetery in Stockton Springs. In lieu of flowers, for those who wish memorial donations may be made to American Legion Post No. 157 Scholarship Fund in care of Clarence Elden, 185 Sandy Pt. Rd., Stockton Springs, ME 04981 or Stockton Springs Community Library, PO Box 293, Stockton Springs, ME 04981
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