George C. Thing, 83

George Thing

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. — George C. Thing, 83, of Brownfield, Maine, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family who meant so much to him on Thursday, March 29, 2018.

Born in Bath, Maine in 1934, he moved with his family to Massachusetts in 1939. He remained in Malden, Mass., until after his retirement in 1997, moving to Brownfield, in 2000. He was educated in the Malden schools and graduated from Malden High School in 1954. George was a dedicated, hard worker his whole life and held many jobs throughout his life, from a paperboy at age 10, until his position at the MBTA in 1970. He worked at Bo Peep Diaper Service. He worked for the City of Malden and was proud to be a member of the Malden Auxiliary Police Department. He also worked at Edgeworth Liquors as the store manager and at M & M Service Station as an attendant.

George married the love of his life, Beverly R. Shivvers, in 1954 and never remarried after her passing in 1974. They bought their first home on Wyoming Ave. in Malden in 1965 and settled in to raise their five children. Malden was his favorite place to be until he moved to Brownfield in 2007. Since arriving in Brownfield, he loved to volunteer at Samyra Mart, delivering newspapers to his neighbors and was proud of how he could do pushups on his fingers. His favorite pastime was riding his red Vespa scooter all around Brownfield, Fryeburg and North Conway N.H. It brought him such peace and joy. He enjoyed visiting his friends at Bea's Cafe in Conway, N.H., Fryeburg House of Pizza in Fryeburg, and Donut Villa in Malden.

George is survived by his son George C. Thing Jr. and his wife, Eileen of Exeter, N.H., his daughter Kathleen A. Lewis and her husband Patrick of Brownfield, his son William P. Thing and his wife Zobeida of Wilmington, Mass., and his son Daniel F. Thing and his wife Bonnie of Melrose, Mass.; and his brother Edwin Talbot of Clearwater, Fla.

George was a proud grandfather to nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews from California to Georgia. He was predeceased by his son, John J. Thing of Melrose, Mass., on Jan. 14, 2018. He was also predeceased by his mother, Helen E. Bartlett and his stepfather Daniel M. Ward; his own father Edwin F. Thing; and his brother Raymond B. Thing of Pelham, N.H.

A time of memorial visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Thursday, April 5 at the Wood Funeral Home, 9 Warren St., Fryeburg, Maine. Committal services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, April 6 at the Forestdale Cemetery in Malden, Mass. In lieu of flowers, it would have been George’s desire to have donations be made to a charitable organization of one’s choice. Words of condolence and tribute may be shared with George’s family and friends at

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