Doane Beal & Ames


George Francis Wailgum

October 25, 1936November 15, 2021
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George Francis Wailgum, 85, of Harwich, formerly of Westfield, Mass died on Monday, November 15, 2021.

He was born to Mathias and Emma Wailgum on Oct. 25, 1936, in Holyoke, Mass. He graduated from Holyoke Catholic, served honorably in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1962, and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Westfield State College.

George was a middle school teacher in the Hartford, Conn., public school system for 30 years, raised his family in Westfield, Mass., and then retired to Harwich, Mass.

George was active in churches both in Westfield and Harwich, and served in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Chatham Flotilla for 20 years. He loved being on the water—on a Cape Cod lake fishing or pulling his grandkids around in a tube, or out on the Atlantic, helping the Coast Guard with rescue operations.

George loved to play guitar and performed in various bands. He kept himself busy with projects like yardwork and chair-caning. He was passionate about sports and loved watching all the Boston teams.

George is survived by Caroline, his beloved wife of 61 years, and four sons and daughters-in-law: Brian and Katherine Wailgum, of Westfield, Mass.; Kevin and Jennifer Wailgum, of Greenwich, Conn.; Andrew and Catherine Wailgum, of Hopkinton, Mass.; and Thomas and Karin Wailgum, of East Sandwich, Mass. He is also survived by eight grandchildren: Michael, Sara, Emma, Henry, John, James, Samuel and William.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Pilgrim Congregational Church, in Harwich Port, or the Coast Guard maintenance of Chatham Light.

Calling hours will be at Doane, Beal & Ames, 260 Main St. 02671, in Harwich, on Sunday, Nov. 21, from 3:30-6pm. Funeral Services will be 11am Monday, Nov. 22 at Pilgrim Congregational Church, in Harwich Port.

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    Sunday, November 21, 2021

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    Monday, November 22, 2021


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Howard Wailgum J.

November 26, 2021

My condolences to the family and friends of George. He was my closest uncle. We both attended Westfield State College, spent six years in the U.S. Navy and 30 plus years teaching in MA public schools.

Christine Sontag

November 24, 2021

I am so very sorry to hear about George. I had no idea, we had been in Florida. Peter and I and the kids are sad. George was a good neighbor to us, and the kids have fond memories of all the special Halloween’s. You and your whole family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Take Care, Christine, Peter, Justin and Kayleigh

Bob & Gini LaPalme

November 21, 2021

Dear Carrie and family,
We are so sorry to learn of George’s passing. We have many great memories of good times at Westwick and the fun parties thrown by the Ballboys band. George was always the consummate front man who knew how to inflict a good time.
We hope your many memories provide comfort for you all.
With sincere and heartfelt sympathy,
Bob & Gini

Sally & Carl Hayes

November 21, 2021

Dear Carrie and family,
So sorry to hear of George’s passing so suddenly. One of the hardest parts of these senior years is the loss of people we have come to know and love over many years. May your loving memories and faith hold you close. Rest In Peace, George.

Liz Hager

November 20, 2021

My deepest sympathies to the Wailgum family. George was one of my favorite shipmates. We worked together to make the Safe Boating Course a success. It was always, "Whatever you need Liz." I will never forget the Christmas carols at the Auxiliary Christmas Party lead by our Maestro George. Of course, there was always wine after our practice. The way we sounded I think we should have had the wine first!

Harry Cutts

November 20, 2021

George introduced me to the Auxiliary which I joined in 2003. He was a great mentor and helped me with the various stages of Crewman- ship including my position as Coxswain. One of my stories is asking George to row my dinghy out to my T dock in Stage Harbor after a patrol. When I arrived I saw the dinghy but no George. When I got close there was George in the water holding onto the dock. We laughed but we were glad it wasn't a more serious adventure. Of course nobody will forget the Wailgetts and the music at the annual Auxiliary Holiday parties.
Judi and I will miss his wry sense of humor and his sometime bad jokes. He was a true friend and will miss him greatly.

Scott Traver

November 20, 2021

George was a great blessing in my life!
My prayers for the family.

Ken Santanello

November 20, 2021

Thank you George for mentoring me for my coxswain badge
You are remembered

Cindy Watson

November 20, 2021

Carrie and family,
So sorry for your loss. I’m remembering the happy times back in the day in Westfield. George playing his guitar. Us singing. The joy and the laughter we all shared!
He was a great guy!
Sending love and prayers to you and your family.
Love, Cindy Watson

shirley and John moulton

November 19, 2021

My dear Carrie and family We were so saddened to hear of the passing of George We loved both of you dearly and our days st Gulf Winds was so much better because of you both May God bless you at this difficult time Send me your phone no and address