George W. Habicht
George Wesley Habicht, 85, of Seven Lakes, passed away Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
George was born May 12, 1927, in East Orange, N.J. After graduating from East Orange High School, he joined and served in the Merchant Marines for 11 years. His travels took him all over the world to many different ports.
After completing his service, attaining the rank of first officer, George started working at the Fireman’s Insurance Company as a loss control representative. He attended night school at the Newark division of Rutgers University.
In 1958, George married Dolores Drake at St. Theresa’s Chapel in Kenilworth, N.J. They were married for 55 years and had two children. They built their first home in Bridgewater, N.J., two years after they were married.
George later started working at the Hartford Insurance Co., where he retired 21 years later as a fire protection engineer. He continued his education in order to advance in his career.
George was a Free Mason and a member of the Raritan Valley Lodge in Somerville, N.J.
In 1992, George, Dolores and Cindy moved to Seven Lakes, where they built their second home. He purchased a sailboat, called “the Ghost,” and was an active member of the Seven Lakes Sail club as the desire to sail never left him. He was the first recipient of the “Nicky Award” for his dedication and service to the sail club.
He had many hobbies throughout his life that he continued well into his retirement. He was an avid carpenter, making items from small wooden tulips to bookshelves to a large airplane that his young children would play on. Later in his life, he attended a writers’ club where he was able to write down many of his memories from his time at sea. These stories will forever be cherished by his surviving family as a reminder of the exciting life George lived.
George will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Dolores; his daughter, Cindy; and his son, Jeffrey.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer ’s Disease and Related Disorder Association, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215. Online condolences can be made at www.bolesfuneral home.com.
Boles Funeral Home of Seven Lakes is serving the family.