George "Curly" Elkins
May 16, 1928 – April 6, 2021
George Elkins, known as “Curly” to his friends, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on April 6, 2021 at the age of 92 at his home in Randolph.
Born in Boston to the late Samuel and Jennie Elkins on May 16, 1928, he lived a long, full life. His first wife, and the mother of his children, Trudy (Sgan) Elkins sadly passed away at the young age of 35. He is survived by his former wife, Carole Elkins Levison and was predeceased by his former wife, the late Cissi (Greenberg) Elkins. Loving brother of the late Ann Wolf and her husband Bernard and the late Beatrice Stroul and her husband Irving. Devoted father of Rhonda Elkins, Steven Elkins and his wife Mary Anne, and Richard Elkins. Cherished Grandfather of Jessica (Elkins) Hicks and her husband Nate, Gregory Elkins and fiancé Hollie Badger, Lilia Elkins, and great-grandson Jace. Adored uncle of Lauri Hyman, Harry and Carol Wolf, Marge Wolf, and Neil Stroul and his wife Leslie Tolf. He will be lovingly missed and remembered by many great-nieces and nephews, Scott, Laura, Evan and Gabe Hyman, Jeffrey Hyman, Dana, Brian, Connor, Noah Glenn, Adam, Toni, and Corrine Stroul. He is also survived by his long time companion Saundra Levey.
Curly grew up in Dorchester during an era when long lasting friendships were made in the streets, playgrounds, and sports fields. He was an amazing athlete, beginning at the age ten when he became the Duncan “Yo-Yo” Champion of 1938. He attended Dorchester High, but he received most of his education from “Cutler’s College of Cuestick Knowledge”. He loved playing sports, such as track, softball, baseball, and basketball.
Along with a great group of guys, he helped organize the Pharaohs basketball team, who went on to win the Championship for the Tri-State AZA in 1945.
After high school, he worked in the toy business before joining the Army in 1950. He then became a self-employed salesman of bakery products, and he thoroughly enjoyed meeting people along his daily delivery route.
After moving to Randolph in 1954, he joined the Temple Beth Am Brotherhood Candlepin Bowling League, receiving many trophies for high score average. Ever the sportsman, he was also a champion poker player.
The majority of Curly’s career was in the nursing home business, where he found his niche. Countless residents and their families, colleagues, and employees were touched by his commitment and compassion. He was affectionately known as “Papa George” throughout the industry.
He was loved and admired by all who knew him. People were drawn to him for his “larger than life” personality and great sense of humor. He loved to share his wonderful, colorful stories to all audiences. He was a friend to all, an all-around great guy, and will be forever missed.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be donated to Joslin Diabetes Center at www.joslin.org.
Due to the pandemic, funeral services at Stanetsky Memorial Chapel will be strictly private.
A videostream will be available on Sunday, April 11th at Noon at the following link: www.distantlink.com/stanetskymemorial.html
- Joslin Diabetes Center
Funeral Services and Burial are Private
George "Curly" Elkins
April 25, 2021
George was my customer for many years. My company name is Todd's Turf. He was a kind a compassion person. He like his lawn green . He love life . I called his house twice. I said to my self that's not like George. He always called me back . I just drove by your street and my wife Connie did some looking in few minutes she told me you have past away on April 6 2021. Rest in peace. I enjoy your company and I will truly miss you.. You will be Missed by me Todd Geyer my heart goes out to the family and I'm sorry for your loss .
April 16, 2021
Dana (Stroul) Glenn (great niece)
When I think of George, I think of the life of the party. He had such magnetic energy, his jokes, his warmth, and the stories. I will remember his stories of growing up in Boston with my Nana. My astonishment to learn his nickname was Curly, and that everybody in the neighborhood knew him. He was so fun, and brought fun to everyone around him. His memory will be a blessing for our family.
April 16, 2021
Jeffrey Hyman (great nephew)
Some of my most favorite memories growing up were at my Uncle George’s house. I can still hear him say, “Jeffrey!” when he would see me. He always made sure to make me feel welcome even though I was the youngest member of the extended family. I loved being with him and his family.
With my own grandfather living far away, he became a surrogate grandfather to me and that has impacted my life tremendously
George and my father had a small side business in the 80’s that allowed me to spend more time with him and he always made me feel special and loved.
I will always remember what a kind, loving, funny and caring man he was. And I will never forget him. I love you forever Uncle George. Rest In Peace.
April 16, 2021
Marge Wolf (niece)
My Uncle George was special. He was always there when you needed him.
He was the child of immigrants. His parents, Sam and Jennie, came to this country alone, each of them leaving behind their own families. He knew no grandparents, no aunts, no uncles, no first cousins. Maybe that was why family meant so much to him, both the one he was born into and the one he and my Aunt Trudy had together.
Maybe it was because he was the brother of two adoring sisters, my mother Ann and my Aunt Bea, ages 10 and 6 when he was born and thrilled to have a living, breathing "doll" of their very own. They grew up with a powerful, loving bond that survives them, because it is a gift passed on to my cousins, my brother, and me.
For our family, he was the last of his generation, and the world just seems different now. To my cousins, Rhonda, Steven, and Richard, and their children: I love you and I grieve with you. And to my Uncle George, goodbye and thank you, I love you, and may you finally rest in peace.
April 16, 2021
Lauri Hyman (niece)
My Uncle George was an extraordinary man in my life. He was far more than an Uncle- He was a mentor, and an example of what we call a “ Stand Up Guy”. He was brother to my mother, and our families live next door to each other!
He was always available and there for me and for our whole family.
He was the Patriarch and our ROCK. I cannot conceive of a world without my Uncle.
We will miss and mourn his passing- he was our storyteller, our jokester, our friend, our “Curly”. I work in Healthcare as did my Uncle, and everyone in the Long Term Care Community was inspired by and loved him.
April 16, 2021
Harry Wolf (nephew)
George was my uncle. He was my mother’s “kid” brother. Along with their sister Bea they were an inseparable threesome absolutely devoted to each other. He was the last surviving sibling of his generation and his passing is an immeasurable loss to our family.
My uncle was the most interesting person in our family. He knew everyone, on either side of the law, and no matter what you needed he “had a guy”. When I was just out of college and settling into my first apartment I had to buy a mattress. I mentioned this to him and, of course, he had a guy. I called his guy, told him what I needed, and was told where and when I was to meet him but cautioned that I must wait in my car. Sure enough, at the appointed hour the guy appeared, money changed hands, and a mattress was brought out to the street and put on my car and I drove off. It wasn’t until later, as I reviewed the transaction in my head, that I realized “the guy” probably was selling mattresses under the table from his employer’s factory! George eventually confirmed my suspicion and laughed at my naivete.
I will miss him every day for the rest of my days.
April 16, 2021
Neil Stroul (nephew)
My Uncle George was one of my biggest heroes.
April 12, 2021
George was a person who more than fulfilled his purpose on this earth. He lovingly raised his 3 children to be outstanding adults whom he took Great Pride in. He adored his grandchildren! They were truly his Heart ♥️. It was obvious to anyone who witnessed his interactions with them or spent time listening to him brag on how proud he was of them! His face would light up when he was with his grandchildren. Family meant everything to him. His loving nature extended to his lifetime passion for the elderly , as he worked with nursing homes, training and instructing employees and directors with the goal of creating the best possible environment for elderly people to live out their final days.... He was loved by so many who had the privilege of knowing him or working with him, being his friend or being a part of his wonderful family. Heaven has gained a true angel, but the world will be a little less without George. We love you George! Forever in our hearts ♥️
April 11, 2021
Childhood memories of good times bffs forever life changes and then Cissi married Curly .So we became the Brady bunch .He was loving caring kind open to all of us kids grandkids and loved my mom and showed her a happy life traveling shopping .Opened his home with love to papa Zadie who lived with them ..Many fond memories always will remember the life we all had together .RIP Curly you were a good hearted funny soul
Roni Bloom Jordan
April 9, 2021
Cousin George charmed me from girlhood with his movie-star looks and engaging personality. Even until the last time we met for lunch with cousins Lauri and Bea Stroul about 10 years ago, he made my heart melt. He was one of the groomsmen in my parents wedding in 1948, only 19 years old at the time, and this photo from their album is how I’ll always think of him.