George Emerson Sanborn

December 14, 1921November 19, 2018

George Emerson Sanborn, 96, of Falmouth, passed away November 19, 2018 after only five hours at Gosnell House with his wife by his side. George was born in Portland, Maine at the Maine Eye and Ear Hospital December 14, 1921 to Chester Sanborn and Doris Elgee Sanborn. He attended Portland schools, graduating from Deering High School in 1939. He attended Gorham Normal School. At the start of WWII he tried to enter the US Air Force. When that fell through, he went to the Maine Maritime Academy graduating with their second class in 1943. He entered the US Navy as an Ensign, serving in the Pacific on two supply ships. While his ship stayed by Iwo Jima (they had a full hospital on board) he happened to be on deck to see both flags go up on Mt. Suribachi. He also served in the Atlantic after the war on a ship bringing troops home. George was pleased to be made full Lieutenant a few years after the war. In October of 1943 he married his school sweetheart, Hazel Louise Frank, with whom he had beautiful twin girls, Suzanne and Dianne.

After the war, he finished his education by teaching and doing odd jobs while getting his masters at UNH, and his PhD at Teachers’ College at Columbia University graduating Phi Beta Kappa. George went to work for the Connecticut State Dept. of Education as Chief of School Building Services. After retiring he returned to Maine to be near older family members.

He was a member of the Masons, Kora Shrine, 75-year member of the I.O.O.F, VFW, and Woodfords Club. He played saxophone in the Kora Shrine Band, the Commandery Band, the Westbrook City Band, and sat in with other bands.

In 1997 he married fellow sax player, Ann Woodworth Clark, and for twelve years they went to Jazz Camp for a week and enjoyed playing jazz with the other campers in a number of their bands.

His wife of 21 years; his daughters Suzanne O’Cheskey of Trumbull, CT and Dianne Sanborn of Newton Highlands, MA; his grandsons, Terrence O’Cheskey of NYC, and Matthew O’Cheskey of Trumbull, CT, and Cindy Rafael, mother of his great-granddaughter, Sadie O’Cheskey, also of Trumbull, CT, survive him. His stepson Bryan W. Clark and wife, Robyn, also survive him.

Funeral services will be December 8, at 2:00pm at the Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Road, Falmouth, Maine. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Kora Shrine Transportation Fund, 11 Sabattus Street, Lewiston, ME 04240. You may offer your condolences online at


  • Ann Woodworth Clark, Wife
  • Suzanne O'Cheskey, Daughter
  • Diane Sanborn, Daughter
  • Terrance O'Cheskey, Grandson
  • Matthew O'Cheskey, Grandson
  • Cindy Rafael, Mother of Great Grandaughter
  • Sadie O'Cheskey, Great Granddaughter
  • Bryan W. Clark, Step Son
  • Robyn Clark, Bryan's Wife


  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 8, 2018


George Emerson Sanborn

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Terry O'Cheskey

December 16, 2018

My Grandfather and me, Terry (Sanborn) O'Cheskey in Berlin, CT - July 17, 1980. I was 2 years old.

John Roberts

December 8, 2018

George was one of my favorite people. I first met George in 1985 when I first became Noble Grand of Unity Lodge and he took the Secretary's job. We became good friends. We went to lunch every Friday to have chowder .6 of us would meet at various places for this. It finally got down to just George and me. Georges life was changing so we stopped and went to eat every now and then, I always enjoyed our conversation, I'll miss that. George lived a long and interesting life. I hope his family will be blessed. I feel that it was a blessing just to have George as a friend. RIP old friend,

Dana Musciano

December 3, 2018

George was the ultimate gentleman. I was lucky enough to meet Ann during an adult ed belly dancing class.
George was such a great supporter of Ann and I during our years of dance. He was just adorable when I would phone for Ann and he would answer with some coy comment. He attended all of Ann's recitals with pride.
I know Ann thoroughly enjoyed their band camps together and their Saturday dancing nights.
Frank and I are thinking of you Ann and "the girls".
ox Dana and Frank Musciano

Whitney Cole

November 26, 2018

I was cleaning up after a lobster cookout on September 12, 2015 at our family camp and next thing I know here come George in this fighter shirt wiping off tables and stacking chairs. A man 90+ years of age he was putting the rest of us young people to shame. Then proceeded to tell dirty jokes to my fiancée, her mother and additional friends around the picnic table. George was such an amazing man and we will miss him dearly.