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George P. Drew

May 16, 1934 - June 10, 2024

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Obituaries » George P. Drew

George P. Drew

BARRE – George P. Drew, 90, passed peacefully into the loving arms of God on June 10, 2024, surrounded by the love and care of his family.

He was born in Lyndonville, Vermont, on May 16, 1934, the oldest of three children of Ann and Clifton Drew. George was predeceased by his parents, his sister-in-law, Clare Drew, and his cousins, Jean Wisnowski and Jane Daisy, and his childhood friends, Lloyd Berry and Leon Gilman.

In his youth, his family owned the Gem Theater, where he ran the projector while his brother sold popcorn and his sister took the tickets. They held amateur nights where his younger brother and sister performed dance routines.

When the fair came to town he raced around the track on his pinto pony, Prince, leaving all the bigger horses and riders in his dust. Without unforeseeable mishaps (involving open gates and manure piles), they would have won!

He graduated from Lyndon Institute (High School), where he was a member of the Vermont State Championship Ski team–the youngest member–flying off the ski jump in Lyndonville.

Upon graduation, he served in the Army as a high speed radio operator. He was assigned to Fort Huachuca, AZ, then to Fort Benning, GA.

After his military service, he returned to Lyndonville and attended Lyndon Teacher’s College. Later he attended the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut where he earned a Masters in Education. He taught grades 5 through 6 math and science in Barre, Vermont and Milford, Connecticut.

He left teaching to move back to Barre, Vermont, and, with his brother David, his mother, Ann and his sister-in-law, Clare, built Rowan Court Nursing Home, where he was Administrator for 10 years. When they sold the nursing home, he returned to teaching and taught grades 9 through 12, Special Needs at Spalding High School, painting houses in the summertime, and playing dance jobs every weekend. He was a proud father and grandfather who attended band concerts, plays, dance and choir recitals, and sports activities whenever he could.

For many years he served on the school board of St. Monica School.

George was a consummate musician: a drummer who could turn his hand to ukulele, fiddle, trumpet, guitar, or piano. He taught himself to tap dance (often playing the Bodhrain at the same time). For several years he entertained himself and others as a Busker in downtown Montpelier. He was a talented Raconteur and a poet of some considerable skill, winning numerous Slam Poetry competitions.

George married Joy Corso and raised three daughters: Mary Whelan (John), Amy Southworth (David) and Bonnie Faherty (Brendan). With his second wife, Glennis Sammons Drew, he raised a daughter, Sarah Drew McKenzie (Michael), and a son, Daniel George Drew (Rebecca).

He leaves behind Joy and Glennis, his brother, David, his sister, Jacqueline Brown, his five children, grandchildren Julia Forbes (Chris), Tyler Whalen (Ashley), Graham McKenzie, Noelle McKenzie, Ryan Southworth, Caitlyn Southworth, Kaylee Faherty, Caleb Drew and great-grandchildren Sterling and Johnny Whelan, Emma, Addison, and Myles Forbes.

There will be a Mass of Christian Burial to honor George on Friday, June 21, at 10 a.m. at St. Monica Church in Barre. There will be a burial in Lyndon Center Cemetery in Lyndon, at 1:00 p.m. following the Mass. Calling hours will take place on Thursday, June 20, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home.

Arrangements are in the care of Pruneau-Polli Funeral Home, 58 Summer St. in Barre.

Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at www.pruneaupollifuneralhome.com.

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