WADING RIVER, N.Y. – George Wyer Rundlett, formerly of Orono, passed away April 24, 2014 after complications from surgery and a long illness.
At the time of his death he was a resident of Wading River, Long Island, N.Y., where he was employed as a nuclear safety instructor for Brookhaven National Laboratories. He was born in Portland, Aug. 15, 1940 and attended public schools in Portland, Standish and Rockland. Following high school he enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany where he served as a medical technician, assisting in surgical procedures. After returning to the United States he settled in Orono and graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in education. He taught science for the Bangor school system and during his teaching career he attended officer’s candidate school as well as the Embry Riddle school for flight. He became a captain in the Maine National Guard and was in command of an engineering unit in Newport. He was an accomplished helicopter pilot, earning his wings, and received commendation for many so called “missions of mercy” while performing medical evacuations for injured people throughout Maine as a member of the National Guard. He was also an avid sports car enthusiast and won numerous awards for driving in rally competitions throughout New England. In 1964 he was appointed chairman of the Penobscot Citizens Safety Council and during that year he took a team of drivers, including his brother Derry, to Montreal, Canada for an international sports car driving competition which was profiled on local television and recognized by then governor John Read.
Fondly known as Buzz to his friends, family, fellow pilots and National Guardsmen he was known for his musical and artistic talents. In his hometown of Wading River, New York, he painted a large mural for his congregational church and served as a deacon, lay minister, and pianist for his church with his wife, Linda. His hobbies were many and included painting, music, travel, and maintaining family connections. He was an ambassador for his extended family and was responsible for connecting the many generations of his family heritage all over the United States. His wit and story telling abilities were recognized by all he encountered. He was an excellent public speaker and teacher.
He was predeceased by his father, Ellsworth T. Rundlett II in 1958, his mother, Esther Nickerson Stevens Rundlett in 1981, his sister, Barbara Boynton Gerrish in 2010 and his twin brother, Lawrence Stevens Rundlett in October of 2013. He is survived by his wife, Linda Rundlett; his three children, Elizabeth Elowitch of Portland and Boca Raton, Fla., Katherine Rundlett of Brewer, and Christine O’Rourke, also of Brewer; two brothers, Ellsworth T. Rundlett III of Cape Elizabeth and John Boynton of Houston, Texas; seven grandchildren, Wesley Tucker, Alana Elowitch, Michael Elowitch, William O’Rourke, Christopher O’Rourke, Thomas O’Rourke, and Sarah O’Rourke; and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at the Jones Rich Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland, at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3, with a viewing at 12 noon followed by interment at Evergreen Cemetery in Portland, and a gathering of family and friends at the funeral home immediately thereafter.