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George (Georgie) F. Lavin Jr, age 60, of Framingham, passed away on November 10, 2022, at the V.A. Hospital in West Roxbury.
He was the beloved son of Shirley (Orrill) Lavin and the late George F. Lavin Sr. He is survived by his family: his life partner and soul mate Sue Bradley, his son and best friend Jonathan Lavin and Jon’s fiancée, Christine Brewster, and their daughters Chloe Lavin and Cynthia Mailhiot, his sister Donna White and her husband Scott, sister-in-law Theresa (life partner of his brother the late Clint Lavin), and his brother Frank Lavin of Howland, Maine. He also leaves behind many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and very good friends.
George grew up in Framingham but spent many a summer with his grandparents in Falmouth, MA where he took swimming lessons in the ocean as a kid.
He graduated in 1980 from Joseph P. Keefe Technical High School in Framingham with honors in the plastics technical program and then skipped the graduation ceremony to ride across country on his Harley. He loved his Harleys.
George then worked for a year before entering the Air Force, where he became well sought after by the pilots of the B-52s he crew chiefed for. He had a stellar service record where he earned quite a few ribbons, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal (if you can believe that), and the Air Force Achievement Medal.
After returning home from his service in the Air Force, he attended Wentworth Institute in Boston, where he graduated with multiple degrees.
George was a great family man. He did many activities with his son Jon and his nieces and nephews, from bike rides on the Falmouth bike path, camping, and boating when they were very young to snowmobiling, ATVing, and the family dart team he started at the Amvets Post when they were older. He spent many years packing up four generations in a passenger van for a trip to Florida and the amusement parks. One of his favorite activities was the annual Memorial Day weekend camping trip on the Saco River with a dozen or two family members and close friends. I’m sure we can all still hear him yell “Sacooo” quite loudly.
He spent a great deal of time at the Amvets Post 79 in Natick, whether it be volunteering, setting up with Nick in the morning to open, sometimes bartending, or very often socializing with the guys.
George was a giving man. He enjoyed his polar plunges on New Years Day with the L-Street Brownies. He went with a special group of friends, who did it for Spectrum for Hope, a charity that benefitted the families of autistic children. He helped to care for his brother-in-law Bob, who has physical and mental disabilities, the two of them were thick as thieves. Bob will miss him tremendously. He was the type of guy that would do anything for you if it was within his power.
Thankfully he was able to spend most of this past year in his happy place, at his camp in Kokadjo, Maine, making improvements, exploring the logging roads, boating on First Roach Pond, and enjoying the company of family and friends. Ka-caw!
George was well loved and will be missed by many.
The burial ceremony will be Friday December 2, 2022, at the National Cemetery in Bourne, MA at 1:15PM. A celebration of life will take place in the new year, TBA.