George Leonhard Boveroux, Jr.
North Haverhill, N.H. — George Leonhard Boveroux, Jr. born Dec. 1, 1933, in New York City, died May 12, 2013, at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital, after a long struggle with emphysema. He was 79.
He grew up in Essex Fells, N.J., graduated from Hickory Ridge School (Putney, Vt.) in 1947, Montclair High School (N.J.) in 1952, and Hamilton College (Clinton, N.Y.) with a degree in History in 1956.
He joined the Naval Officers Training School in Newport, R.I. and served for three years as an Engineering Officer on the USS Roberts and later the USS Tabor. After leaving active service in 1959 he joined the Naval Reserves and retired with the rank of Commander, USNR.
In 1957, he married Elinor Thorndike, the mother of his three sons, who predeceased him. He worked for the Kendall Company in Boston before moving to New York to join Morgan Guaranty Trust (precursor to J. P. Morgan) in 1961 where he spent the bulk of his business career as a Vice President and respected personal banker.
He leaves his wife, S. Jean Brisbane Boveroux, of North Haverhill; three sons, George Leonhard (Lee) Boveroux III (Margaret Ann Brenner) of Hoboken, N.J., Benjamin Apthorp Gould Boveroux (Lorie Ann Hansen) of Trumbull, Conn. and Richard Whitney Boveroux (Helen Pierson) of Jefferson, Md.; and a stepson, John Andrew Donald Lumsden. He has six grandchildren, George Leonhard Boveroux IV, Elisabeth Ashleigh Boveroux, Benjamin A. G. Boveroux, Jr., Elma Natalia Boveroux, Matthew Sayre Boveroux and William Christopher Boveroux.
He is the eldest son of G. Leonhard Boveroux and Sylvia Sayre Boveroux, both deceased, and leaves three siblings, Elizabeth S. Boveroux of Boston, Mass. and Pike, N.H., Brooks Boveroux of Kiawah Island, S.C., and F. Kent Boveroux of Appleton, Wis.
George and Jean married in 1988 and lived in Montreal, Canada before moving to North Haverhill in 1992. He served two terms as Deacon and Treasurer of the First Congregational Church in Haverhill Corner.
He taught himself to read at an early age, unusual in that day, and won every reading award at the Essex Fells Grammar School.
In his circle of friends in Haverhill, he was known as a storyteller. Two of his favorites were from his J.P. Morgan days. On Nov. 9, 1965, he was deep in the bowels of the building on Fifth Avenue closing the vault when the Great Northeast Blackout hit at 5:27. Fortunately someone knew where he was and in time came to rescue him. Another also occurred at that vault, when he accompanied Dina Merrill, actress and socialite, to open her mother’s safety deposit box. There was a delay as a technician was servicing the locks, so he ordered sandwiches and tea from the cafeteria. He loved to tell his friends, “Dina Merrill poured the tea.”
There will be a memorial service June 14 at 1:00 PM at the First Congregational Church in Haverhill Corner. Memorial donations in George’s name may be made to Berea College in Kentucky or the Twin States Humane Society in Bradford, Vt.