George Almy Thurston Jr

Feb 23, 1935 - Apr 08, 2020

George Almy Thurston Jr

February 23, 1935 - April 08, 2020

Obituary

George A. Thurston Jr., 85, passed away Wednesday April8, 2020. Born February 23, 1935 in Newport, RI, he was the son of George Almy Thurston and Nina Rogers Thurston.

He graduated from Rogers High School in 1954 then served in the United States Marine Corps. Upon completion of his enlistment, he attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, earning his Associates Degree in Forestry. Employed by the US Forest Service he excelled in his work on the Ochoco National Forest in Oregon. Returning to Rhode Island he transferred to the Dept. of the Navy as a structural firefighter until his retirement in 1987.

George was the owner of the Almy-Thurston Tree Farm on Union Street in Portsmouth where he grew Christmas Trees and blueberries. Ever the conservationist George was most proud to partner with the Aquidneck Land Trust, keeping the farm as open space in perpetuity.

George leaves behind his beloved wife Siobhan, and children: Jonathan Thurston of Jamestown, Cory Lallo of Middletown, Sarah Nekrasz, Anthony Merenda, and Laura Thurston all of Portsmouth. He leaves behind six grandchildren and one great grand-daughter. A very special thank you to the units at Charlton Memorial Hospital who provided extraordinary care.

Georges charm, compassion, quick wit, and humor will be missed by all who were privileged to know him. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, May 28, 2021, at 11:00am at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 324 East Main Rd., Portsmouth. George loved his four legged buddies and asked that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Potter League for Animals or the Bristol Animal Shelter.

Services

Service
Fri, May 28, 2021 at 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
St Mary's Episcopal Church

324 E Main Rd
Portsmouth, RI 02871-2113

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