George P. Hachey Sr., 78
GILFORD — George P. Hachey Sr., fondly known as "Uncle George" to his family and many friends, age 78, of Gilford, and formerly of Burlington, Massachusetts, and Wilmington, Massachusetts, died peacefully with his family at his side on Oct. 14, 2017.
George was born in Winthrop, Massachusetts, on Aug. 16, 1939. He was the dear son of the late Augustus and Louise (Slack) Hachey. George was raised and educated in Somerville, Massachusetts, and was a graduate of Somerville High School.
George enlisted in the Army in 1961, proudly serving his country.
In 1974, George moved to Burlington, Massachusetts, where he lived for many years and raised a wonderful family. George loved his family with all his heart. He was a very devoted father and an awesome Grandpa. They all had a lot of fun throughout the years.
George was a machinist for the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, where he worked for many years and made countless friends before he retired in 2006.
George loved life and he lived it to the fullest. He was always a kid at heart and very adventurous. From his early days, George had a passion for motorcycles and enjoyed riding with friends all over the East Coast. Never a quitter, when George's health declined and he could no longer ride his Harley, he went out and bought a trike and continued riding.
George was known to be the life of the party. if you were with George, you were having a great time. In his younger years, George was a drummer in the Joey C band and he loved every minute of performing. His sense of humor was unmatched. He loved to make people laugh with a good joke or prank. He always wanted everyone around him to have fun and not take life too seriously.
George was a member of the Fr. Croke Council Knights of Columbus in Wilmington, Massachusetts, and worked as their function manager for several years. George loved the camaraderie with his fellow Knights. He enjoyed going to the club to volunteer his time or to hang out with his buddies. He always knew how to have fun.
For many years, George would go to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire where he fell in love with the area and decided it was where he wanted to retire. Always a Harley enthusiast, George enjoyed Bike Week in Laconia, where there was always a party going on and everyone was having fun. George also liked to take everyone out on his boat to enjoy the lake and see the beauty of the area.
George was quite a character and he had the ability to make friends wherever he went. He took a job at Patrick's Pub in Gilford and became the "Norm" from "Cheers" — where everyone knew his name. He amassed a large group of friends in Laconia who he considered his second family, and they referred to him as "Uncle George." In his spare time, George enjoyed going to his yard sales and hunting for a bargain, not only for himself but for his friends as well.
George will be fondly remembered for his larger-than-life personality, his infectious smile and his ability to make others laugh. He was very kind, caring, and giving; the kind of person who would go out of his way to do for others. George loved his family and friends unconditionally and he will forever be in their hearts.
George was the devoted father of George Hachey Jr. and wife Heidi of Somerville, Massachusetts, Laurie Michelangelo and husband Sante of Wilmington, Massachusetts, and Michele Gasper and husband Jay of North Andover, Massachusetts; loving grandpa of Nicholas and Christopher Michelangelo and Arielle and Alyssa Hachey. He was the beloved companion of Barbara Brennick of Wilmington, Massachusetts, cherished son of the late Augustus and Louise (Slack) Hachey, dear brother of Anna Webber of Manchester, Gloria Russo of Chelmsford, Massachusetts, the late James Hachey and Carol Thornton. George is also survived by many nieces, nephews, friends, and his friends in Laconia, who were like a second family to him.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Route 62), Wilmington, Massachusetts, on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, Massachusetts, at 11 a.m. which will conclude with military honors. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Friday, Oct. 20, from 4 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations in George's memory may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, 814 Elm St., Suite 300, Manchester, NH 03101.