George Lelievre (May 19, 1932 – March 15, 2014) Memorial Concert in Lubec
Born in Fall River, MA, the 10th of 12 children, George Lelievre (his mother said she’d run out of middle names) was asked to stand in the back and mouth the words during music class. And George continued to stand out, taking the Massachusetts State Basketball Championship and then coaching his high school’s team to the same success in 1963 while teaching chemistry.
As a young adult, George was inspired to take up the violin after hearing Isaac Stern perform at his local church. The $15. violin was returned to the pawn shop two weeks later for a full refund! In later years, having relocated from Connecticut to Lubec (for the lighthouses and the ocean), after attending a Mary Potterton Memorial Concert featuring Marka Young on violin, George’s appreciation of music was revived. He became a regular attendee at the Wednesday night concerts and took his first piano lesson from Bruce Potterton, SummerKeys director, in 1998, in exchange for office duties.
George developed the tried and true “SummerKeys color-coding technique” and took on the role of scheduling music lessons. As the numbers of SummerKeys participants grew and more instruments were added to the summer program, Bruce purchased their first computer in 2003, however, despite attempts, no soft-ware program has been found that does what George was able to do on his own (well, also with a little help from his wife)!
Charles Jones, who first came from New York City to Lubec in1999, was George’s favorite pianist. He couldn’t understand how someone with Charles’ talent could be here in Lubec. “Charles’ music brought tears to his eyes”, said George’s wife, Helen. While enjoying one final ride around town with Helen, to see the lighthouses and the ocean, George commented on a beautiful piece playing on the radio and said, “That’s Charles Jones music”.
George died of complications due to Parkinson’s Disease. He spent his final months at Ocean View, wanting “to get home to Lubec – God’s Country. George loved Lubec just the way it was.” His dream of living there year round was achieved for the past 3 years.
We celebrate George’s lifetime of success, including a 33 year teaching career (in MA, CT and TN), a 43 year, 8 month marriage to Helen and a permanent place in the hearts of all who knew him. SummerKeys is proud to honor our friend, our gentle-giant with the jokes and the twinkle in his eye, George Lelievre, with our July 23, 2014 concert featuring pianist Charles Jones.