George William Pettengell

February 9, 1934September 7, 2017

George W. Pettengell, of Williamsburg, VA, passed away on September 7, 2017. George was born in England on February 9, 1934 and was raised in the London Borough of Bromley, Kent. In 1949, at the age of 15, he began his career as a Cooper at Whitbread Brewery in London. On June 6, 1959, George married the love of his life, Marie; and in December 1967, they immigrated to the United States with their young daughters. He was the Master Cooper of Colonial Williamsburg from 1967 until his retirement in June 1999. George is survived by his daughters and their families, Ann Marie P. Tussey (Michael, Logan and Carson), Elaine J. Whiteaker (Mark, Megan and Kevin), Nicola F. Busching (Jordan, Taylor and Reilly) and Louise V. Denkins (Todd, Max and Jack). George is also survived by his brothers, Ted Pettengell (Joan), Jim Pettengell (Pam) and sister, Jean Spearpoint, along with his nephews and their families. The family would like to thank the staff at Spring Arbor, The Cottage, for their compassion and support. In loving memory of George and Marie, the family requests donations to Hospice House of Williamsburg. All arrangements are private for the immediate family. Online condolences may be offered at


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September 13, 2017

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Tim Conner

September 13, 2017

Godspeed Mate! It was an honor to have known you!!!

Susan Bruno

September 12, 2017

While working with George at CW back in the 1980s, I found him to be a kind, generous, selfless man with a quick wit and even quicker smile. His passing is a sad event for Greater Williamsburg.

John Moon

September 10, 2017

Rest well, George. I have lost a compatriot, a friend and a teacher who mentored my son, leading him to a career.Thinking of George always brings a smile to my face and this will not change with his passing.