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George K. Cushman, Jr.

Chelsea, Vt. — George K. Cushman, Jr., 90, died on Sunday, March 23, 2014, in the Garden Room at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph, Vt.

He was born August 19, 1923 in Fairlee, VT the son of George K. and Eva (Colby) Cushman. He attended school in Fairlee and Montpelier, VT. He served in the 13th Army Air Force in the South Pacific during World War II.

On Nov. 17, 1946, he married the love of his life, Reba Spear. They lived most of their married life in Chelsea where they raised their two sons, Brian and Gary. George worked at many jobs locally and for years he was the Rural Route Mail Carrier for the U.S. Postal Service before retiring. For many years, George and Reba were often seen, hand in hand, enjoying their daily walk down Main Street in Chelsea. Reba died on Dec. 12, 2008.

He enjoyed collecting coins and vital records of Chelsea and taking photographs, making model houses and reseaching the history of each home in Chelsea. He also enjoyed bowling on the Masonic bowling team and playing in the Chelsea Horseshoe League. George was a member of the George Washington Lodge #51 F. & A. M. of Chelsea for over sixty years, Chelsea Fire Department, Lady Washington #86 O.E. S. of Chelsea, Coburn-Eastman V.F.W. Post #8451 of Chelsea and the Ed Larkin Contra Dancers, where he and his wife, Reba danced throughout the Northeast and at the Tunbridge Fair.

He is survived by a son, Brian Cushman and his wife, Jane of Chelsea; a daughter-in-law, Donna Cushman of Chelsea; three grandchildren, Carol Trombley and her husband, Jason of Chelsea, Keith Cushman and his wife, Jamie of Barre, Vt. and Adam Cushman and his fiancee, Heather Lavallee of Chelsea; four great-grandchildren, Hunter and Alexis Trombley and Emma and Aden Cushman; three sisters, Myrtle Spaulding, Elsie Slack and Bertha Crump; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his wife, Reba Cushman in 2008; a son, Gary Cushman in 2013; two brothers, Frank Cushman and Jerry Cushman; and three sisters, Eva Rose Vincent, Francese Gusha and Betty Goodell.

Calling hours will be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (with a Masonic service at 7 p.m.) at the Boardway & Cilley Funeral Home, 300 VT RT 110, Chelsea. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at 3 p.m. at the United Church of Chelsea in Chelsea with Pastor Tom Harty officiating. The burial will be held later this spring in the Highland Cemetery in Chelsea. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either: Chelsea Fire Dept., P.O. Box 264, Chelsea, VT 05038 or The Garden Room, c/o Gifford Medical Center, 44 South Main Street, Randolph, VT 05060. A private message of sympathy for the family can be shared at www.boardwayandcilley.com.