George R. Earley Sr.

December 5, 1921November 16, 2012
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George Robert Earley Sr. died peacefully in the presence of his loving family on Friday, November 16, 2012 at his home in North Eastham, Massachusetts. He was 90 years old. George was born on December 5th of 1921, in Brookline, Massachusetts to George Alfonsis Earley and Mary Margaret O’Brien. He grew up a long side his younger brother Richard and graduated from the Boston Latin School in 1941. George enrolled at Harvard University in 1941 with the class of 1945 but interrupted his education to enlist in the United States Army during World War II. He entered the war through the Mediterranean Sea landing in Marseille, France. He served with 70th Infantry Division which quickly moved to the front lines in the Allies drive of German forces through the Rhone River Valley, north through Lorraine and Alsace and finally into Germany to join the final offensive to end the war. After VE Day he served in the Army of Occupation in Germany. He later attended the University of Glasgow, Scotland for the fall term of 1945 as part of a program sponsored by the United Kingdom to help repay U.S. soldiers for American assistance during the war. After returning from Europe, George completed his degree and graduated from Harvard University in 1948. He spent the next few years working for a public relations firm across the United States before deciding on a career in social work. He enrolled in Boston College during which time he met Marcia Elmira Charest. They were married on May 25, 1957. He continued with his studies and received his Masters Degree from Boston College School of Social Work in 1958. He first resided in Worcester and worked for the Massachusetts Division of Child Guardianship for several years and learned about life as it is “lived” by the several thousand neglected children in the Commonwealth. The vast majority of his professional career was spent at the U.S. Veterans Administration Hospital in Jamaica Plain, Boston. He and Marcia raised five children in Holliston, MA. George worked in many medical specialties and was coordinator for services to the hospitalized blind veterans and hospital based home care. He also supervised graduate social work students and undergraduate case aids from local universities. He realized great professional and personal satisfaction serving fellow U.S. veterans who made physical and emotional sacrifices in the service of their country. He remained in military service in the Army Reserve in the Infantry and later in the Medical Service Corps. He finally retired from the Army Reserve as a Major. He retired from the U.S. Veterans Administration Hospital with Marcia to their summer home in North Eastham, Masssachusetts. George dedicated his life’s work to the service and care of others, as Lector and Eucharistic Minister at St. Mary’s Parish in Holliston and with veterans throughout his career at the U.S. Veterans Administration Hospital in Jamaica Plain. He is fondly remembered as a caring, compassionate and selfless man who was always willing to help those in need. He is survived by his four sons; George R. Earley Jr of Holliston, MA; Brian A. Earley of Franklin, MA; John F. Earley of Northborough, MA; Michael J. Earley of Southborough, MA; and his daughter, Marianne Earley of North Eastham, MA, their spouses, 8 grand children and dear friend Marjorie Sandblom. A wake will be held at Nickerson Funeral Home in Orleans, MA from 3-6 PM on Sunday, November 18, 2012. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Joan of Arc Church in Orleans, MA on Monday, November 19th at 11 AM, followed by a burial service at 2:15 PM at the National Memorial Cemetery in Bourne, Massachusetts.


  • Visitation Sunday, November 18, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, November 19, 2012

George R. Earley Sr.

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reza aboosaiedi

January 26, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss Marianne and family members. No one has come to stay in this life and we all are traveling to another life.
George was a good man and he is at peace.

George McCauley

November 21, 2012

We are sorry for your loss. George must have been a wonderful man. I had the good fortune of working with George's wife Marcia in Wrentham MA. and when they retired to the Cape, Marcia asked if my wife, children and I would like to take their beautiful dog, PIP. She explained that PIP had never been on a leash, never needed one and she knew that my town had no leash law, Well PIP was a wonderful family member of ours for 13 years, camping,swimming and growing up with my children and never on a leash. PIP was the fastest, smartest and gentlest dog my family has ever known. Obviously, the result of wonderful people such as the Earley's. When PIP passed away some of my last words to PIP was ...go find Marcia and now he's with George too.
George and Janet McCauley Rehoboth, MA

David Curran

November 19, 2012

Sending my love and deepest condolences to all who loved Cousin George. I'm so sorry I could not be there in person for the services, to pay my respects, celebrate his life and share my sadness. My deepest love, respect and gratitude to Cousin George and in his memory, for being the great and huge-hearted man he was, and sharing that with me. I will miss him greatly, him and his presence in this world, so much a better place than it would have been without him. Thanks, Cousin George. It wouldn't have been the same - or nearly as good - without you.

November 18, 2012

Extending sympathy to the Earley family....
Barbara F ( Eastham Fire Dept)

The Rank Family

November 18, 2012

We are truly sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

The Rank Family

November 18, 2012

We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Karen Reichers

November 18, 2012

What an amazing man but more important a loving husband, father and grandfather. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time.
Karen Reichers, Justin, Christian and Jennifer

November 18, 2012

too few of us left.good memories of Harvard...john ready,class of 1945

Craig Bustin

November 18, 2012

What a rich life. All the Earleys are in our thoughts. Love, Craig and Joyce.

The Staff of Nickerson Funeral Home

November 17, 2012

We wish to extend our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.