GARDINER -- George was born in Gardiner, the son of George Tibbetts Sr. and Irene Grey. He is survived by his loving companion, Deborah Gallagher; his two children, Chris Tibbetts, of Gardiner, and Stacie Tibbetts, of Pittston; as well as four grandchildren, Jordan, Serena, Ian and Julian, whom he adored.
He was raised in West Gardiner by the late Earnest (Ernie) Heald and Lucretia Heald, with his brothers Gary and Johnny Heald, and his sisters Laurie Marquis and Cindy Farrin. George is remembered as the big brother with a caring soul who reveled in creating a world of happiness.
George graduated from Gardiner Area High School and continued his education at the University of Maine where he graduated with three professional degrees with honors status; a bachelor of science in government administration, a bachelor of science in education with a minor in U.S. History, and an associate of arts in general studies.
George was an honored Vietnam Veteran who served his country with pride in the Army Special Forces. He took part in many covert operations, and underwent Navy SERE training. George will always be remembered as a man with many aspirations. He ran for state representative, worked for the Kennebec County Sheriff's Department, and was the sole adviser to Gov. Curtis during the energy crisis, assigned to calculate fuel rations. He was one in a million.
Whether George was sitting behind a drum in bands like The Fleshapoids where he embodied his alter ego Georgine, The Radiators, Neat and Clean, and Lenny Cleanteeth, or playing with musical friends at home, he loved making great music. His appreciation for the music and entertainment scene also became a working legacy. He single handedly published a local newspaper The Local Voice of Hallowell, and later The Valley Voice entertainment blog.
He lived for many years in Hallowell and Key West, Fla., before planting his roots at his home in Gardiner. He was blessed with frontage on Cobbossee Stream, where he took great pride in his gardens and enjoyed riding his boat. He was happiest around those he loved and his home was always buzzing with many, many dear friends and family, and the laughter and song of his African Grey, Sailor.
George died peacefully on April 2, 2013, at the Togus Medical Center. The memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at Staples Funeral Home in Gardiner. In lieu of flowers, please send donations in honor of his name to Disabled American Veterans at DAV Memorial Program, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 or call 877-426-2838 Ext. 1340.
George had a zest for living that shined through in every facet of his life. His smile and laugh will echo through time in memories. His stories are timeless, and those who knew him will always remember who George Tibbetts was.