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George E. Whapham
September 26, 1930 - June 15, 2018
MARLBOROUGH George Earl Whapham, age 87, of Marlborough, MA passed away peacefully at home on Friday, June 15, 2018, surrounded by his family. Born and raised in Danville, PA on September 26, 1930, George was the son of Joseph and Irene (Miller) Whapham. He graduated from Danville High School in 1948 and entered the United States Navy. He was proud of the five years he spent in the U.S. Navy from July 15, 1948 to February 13, 1953. He served on the USS John A. Bole during the Korean War and on the USS Baltimore. Following his discharge from the Navy in Boston, MA, he worked in quality assurance at Raytheon Corporation in Waltham and at EG&G, Inc. in Salem and Boston. George attended Northeastern University where he earned the Associate in Engineering degree in 1959 and the Bachelor of Sciences degree in Engineering Management in 1961. George joined the Koehler Manufacturing Corporation in 1974 and moved to Aritech Corporation in 1980 as Quality Manager until 1984 when he joined Compugraphic Corporation as Global Quality Manager, Accessories & Supplies Division. He retired from AGFA Compugraphic in 1996. Active in the Marlborough community, he served as the Labor Day Parade Director for thirty years, stepping down in 2007. George was a member of the Marlborough Rotary since 1996. He was named Paul Harris Fellow in 2013. Whapham also served as a member of the Marlborough American Legion AkroydHoude Post 132. George is survived by his wife of 33 years, Melanie (Loss). He is survived by his children, Suzanne Marie Perdue, Judith Ann Hogan and her husband Preston of Marlborough, Linda Eileen Kenney and her husband Joseph of Hopkinton, Julie Anne (Hanson) Whapham of Marlborough, Donna Jeanne Boxell and her husband Glenn of Marlborough, Elizabeth Rose Greer and her husband Harold of Hudson and David Loren Whapham and his fiancé Katherine Hirotsu of Cincinnati, Ohio. He is also survived by his twenty-one loving grandchildren, Brianne Caitlin Perdue, Corey Matthew Perdue, Kristin Marie Perdue, Lindsay Nicole Perdue, Christopher Paul Radivonyk, Melissa Ann Schnepp, Allison Brooke Hogan, Michael Christopher Hogan, Stephen Michael Kenney, Michelle Kristen Michienzi, Laura Nicole Kenney, Sarah Linda Kenney, Shannon Taylor Bies, Alex Joseph Whapham, Jessica Anne Whapham, Kacey Lynn Whapham, Emily Rose Whapham, Andrea Nicole Boxell, Jennifer Anne Boxell, Brian Daniel Boxell, David Mark Boxell and eleven great grandchildren, Hannah Meeks, Madison, Christopher (CJ) and Alexander (AJ) Radivonyk, Jackson and Henry Schnepp, Emma, Nolan and Avery Kenney and Michael and Kaylee Bies He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews and their families. He is pre-deceased by his former wife Helen Blanchard of 28 years, his sons George Lewis Whapham and Kenneth Edward Whapham, his daughter, Cynthia Lee Whapham, his sisters Nancy Grass and Wanda Larson and his brothers, Joseph Whapham and Richard Whapham. Visitation will be Saturday, June 23 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Slattery Funeral Home, 40 Pleasant Street, Marlborough, MA 01752. Reverend Joseph Graumann will officiate the funeral service at Trinity Lutheran Church, 73 Lancaster Street, Worcester, MA 01609 on Sunday, June 24 at 2:00 pm. Interment will be private at Bourne National Cemetery.
Published on June 22, 2018
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