OBITUARY

George M. Halpin

November 6, 1932November 4, 2017

George M. Halpin 84, of Keene, NH passed away peacefully on Saturday evening, November 4, 2017 following a period of failing health.

He was born in Fort Kent, Maine on November 6, 1932 the son of Michael and Evelyn (Paradis) Halpin.

He grew up and attended schools in Fort Kent, ME and graduated from Fort Kent High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Husson College in Bangor, Maine.

Following graduation from college George served honorably with the US Army as a Sergeant First Class from 1953 to 1955.

George was employed as a federal agent with the US Internal Revenue Agency for forty-two years. He was a member of the Parish of the Holy Spirit and was a communicant at St. Bernard’s Church where he also served as an usher for many years. He was an active member and served for thirty-two years with the St. Vincent de Paul Society. George was very charitable and gave many hours of his time to our community. He enjoyed being with his family and helping people.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-eight years, Mary J. (Heath) Halpin of Keene; a son, Paul Halpin and his wife Anne of Houston, TX; two daughters; Nancy Halpin of Keene, NH and Holly Barrett and her husband David of Sullivan, NH; a sister, Betty Nadeau of Fort Kent, ME; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and a twin sister Mary Pinette.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Bernard’s Church, 185 Main Street, Keene, NH on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. There are no visiting hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 161 Main Street, Keene, NH 03431.

Services

  • Memorial Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, November 8, 2017

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Debbie DiBattista

February 12, 2018

So sorry for your loss, I wish that I got the chance to meet him. He was a very kind and generous man and very thoughtful when my dad passed away. He was a great friend to my dad George Nolan. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.

Sherry Guaridano

November 19, 2017

I grew up in Fort Kent as well. I met George after mass and we looked forward to seeing him each week. He was such a sweet, good soul. He cherished his home and talked fondly of growing up in Fort Kent. I am honored to have met him and have him meet my family. I am sorry I only found out today of his passing. God Bless George - you touched many.

Mark Boynton

November 14, 2017

George and my stepdad Armand were good friends and I met George at St Bernard's during the coffee and donuts after mass. i greatly enjoyed hearing his stories of growing up in Ft. Kent, time in the Army and stories about his family. Each week Armand so looked forward to seeing George there as did I. One time George was short a $1 for his church envelope so I gave him a dollar to put in. The next week he paid me back the dollar before I could even say hi. I told him I would keep that dollar in my wallet in case he ever needed it again. I still have that dollar. Since they closed the church hall for renovations Armand and I had not seen George except for once. Unfortunately Armand passed just a couple of weeks before George so I will never get to see the two of them drinking coffee, eating donuts (George said he would d get in rouble if his wife knew) and telling their stories. I will greatly miss that time, George was, to simply put it, a good man.

Paul Halpin

November 10, 2017

George Halpin's Eulogy presented on Wednesday, November 8th at 1:00

During the life of George Michael Halpin, he was known by many; Husband to Mary Halpin for 58 years, Dad to his three children, Uncle George to many family members. And simply George to his life long friends and those in this community which Dad called home. George passed peacefully in his sleep - just one day shy of his 85th birthday.

For such a special man, it can be challenging to compose a summation of his life. But with Dad, he had three guiding principles: honor, integrity and commitment to service. These are not words he ever spoke, but they are pronounced in daily deeds he performed throughout his life.

In his youth, George worked to serve the needs of his family while growing up in Fort Kent, Maine. During the Korean War, Dad served honorably as a Sargent in the US Army. As a husband and father, he had a successful career with the US Department of Treasury - it's nice way of saying Dad was an IRS agent.

He also answered God's calling by volunteering in this church supporting the beliefs of St. Vincent De Paul for 37 years offering person-to-person service to individuals in need

Since his passing, many people have shared their stories of Dad and how he had touched their lives. On one occasion, Dad had received a thank you card from a person living in this community. Inside the card she wrote, God has answered my prayers by sending one of his angels. We may never know how many lives were touched from George's commitment to service. But I do know, we are all blessed for having George Michael Halpin in our lives.

November 9, 2017

I knew George for 45 or more he was a very kind and loving person think of you mary and 3 kids my though and prayers are with you all love polly

Elmer Doris Daigle

November 9, 2017

George was a very dependable friend, he was forever loyal, his family came first, but his friends for a very important to him. Elmer and I will never forget you. To Mary and her family we give you our condolences and we hope to see you in this part of off where George was born and brought up. to Mary and her family we are sending you our deepest sympathy and prayers.

November 9, 2017

To Mary & family:
We wish to express our deepest sympathy. George was a dear friend & classmate at Fort Kent High. He was always ready to help anyone. Our 50th class reunion was very special. George was overjoyed to be with all of us. We will surely miss him. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. God bless.
Love, Oreen & Monique

November 8, 2017

George was a very dear friend for 67 years. He served his country with great honor during the Korean War. I trained at Fort Dix with him, we shared an apartment with his mother while at Husson College and kept in contact while raising our families. George, as his obituary states, was a man of honor and integrity. Always there to help any one in need. Adieu, my friend! Enjoy the awesome reward I'm sure God has waiting for you. My wife, Cleo joins me in extending our condolences to Nancy, and your beautiful family.

Linda Clifford

November 8, 2017

George was a kind and giving man who
was always ready to help and always honest and supportive. While at St.
Bernard's I treasured his opinions and him.
Rest in Peace...

November 7, 2017

George lived his life with integrity, honesty, and authenticity. No matter the day or discussion, his calculus was always the same: be authentic, maintain integrity, and be honest. For all who knew him, there were never surprises in the way he dealt with problems, challenges, or moral decisions he faced. Always honest, always firm in his integrity, and always being authentic in all he did. George's dedication to the poor reflected his beliefs and what St. Vincent DePaul believed:

Humility is nothing but truth, and pride is nothing but lying. You will find out that Charity is a heavy burden to carry, heavier than the kettle of soup and the full basket. But you will keep your gentleness and your smile. It is not enough to give soup and bread.

George's humility and living the spirit of St. Vincent DePaul was testimony to his integrity, honesty, authenticity, and faith-filled life.
Ray and Dot Jobin

FROM THE FAMILY