George S. Huntington, 55: 'Everyone's best friend' loved family, sports
HARPSWELL — George Slocum Huntington, 55, originally of Bath and Harpswell, died of pancreatic cancer in Laramie, Wyoming, on Aug. 14.
He spent the short time between the diagnosis of his illness and his death surrounded by family and friends, who came from near and far to support him and his family.
Huntington was born in Bath on Oct. 25, 1958, and grew up in Harpswell. He attended West Harpswell Elementary School, Waynflete School and Mt. Ararat High School, graduating in 1977.
After spending a year in New Zealand with his family in 1977-78, he attended Dartmouth College, where he majored in geology and graduated in 1982. He eventually earned a second undergraduate degree and a master's degree in civil engineering from the University of Wyoming, and was employed by the university at the time of his death.
Huntington was known for his bright mind, his welcoming spirit and the pleasure he took in other people. A classmate once observed that "George is everyone’s best friend," and his door was always open to others. While living on Whidbey Island, near Seattle, Huntington helped foster several struggling teenagers, and eventually settled in Laramie to provide family support after the death of his uncle, Fred Slater, in 1987.
Huntington had many interests. He was a strong athlete who loved downhill skiing, ice hockey and soccer, and for many years served devotedly as a Laramie Youth Soccer referee. He was also an accomplished musician and photographer, and a prolific gardener.
In 2010, George married Anne Marie Powell, of Laramie, and adopted her daughter Sophie. Their second child, Sam, was born in 2011.
Besides his immediate family, he is survived by his parents, Charles and Louise Huntington, of Harpswell; a brother, Bill Huntington, of Hope; sisters Kate Gray, her husband, Bill and their daughter, Celeste, of Bowdoinham; Sarah Huntington, her husband, Michael Bradley and their daughters, Veda and Madrona, of Olympia, Washington; an uncle and aunt, Clarke and Helen Slater, of Ebchester, England; cousins Ben Slater, of Laramie, Jessica Slater, of Oak Park, Illinois, Martha Slater, of Cincinnati, Marlis Slater, of Laramie, and George and John Deming, of Hamden, Connecticut; a cousin by marriage, Katharine Goodbody, of New Haven, Connecticut; and many friends.
A family memorial service was conducted by the Rev. John Carson.
Memorial contributions can be made to a college fund that has been established for Huntington's children, payable to Anne Marie Huntington, and should be sent with a letter of intent to Pamela Burgess, UniWyo Federal Credit Union, 1610 E. Reynolds St., Laramie WY 82072.