Haverhill — George L. Wheelock, 73, passed away suddenly on Sunday, October 20, 2013, at Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill, Mass.
He was born in Holyoke, Mass., son of the late William F. Wheelock and the late Henrietta A. (Beattie) Wheelock. George graduated from Westfield High School, Westfield, Mass., in 1958, and earned his degree from North Shore Community College, in Beverly, Mass., in 1990. He received an Honorable Discharge from the Air National Guard of Massachusetts in 1969. He worked as a house painter for his father's business before switching to a career in computers and technology. He worked as a Computer Test Engineer for Compugraphic/Agfa in Wilmington, Mass., for over 20 years and as a consultant at other firms until he retired.
He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Alice (Polmatier) Wheelock of Haverhill, Mass.; and three daughters, Suzanne and her husband, Mark Tilton, of Haverhill, Mass., Doreen and her husband, Geoffrey McAuley, of Lynn, Mass., and Quartermaster First Class Petty Officer Dominique D. Wheelock, US Navy, of Washington, D.C. He will always be remembered as “The Grand Poobah” to his six grandchildren, Markie, Mickie, Jesse, Jaime, Caleb, and Brian. He is also survived by five sisters, Louise Gillis, Alyce Burek, Nancy Desjardins, Judith Loraw and April Romeo; two brothers, William Wheelock and Kenneth Wheelock; and many, many nieces, nephews and in-laws. He was predeceased by brothers, Ernest and David.
George enjoyed donating his time to Haverhill Community Television and was proud to have earned the award for Volunteer of the Year in 2012. Together with his wife, he valued his time spent being a volunteer puppy raiser for Guiding Eyes for the Blind.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral Service on Friday, Oct. 25, at 11 a.m. at the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Home, 106 Summer St., Haverhill. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. Calling hours will be Thursday, Oct. 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the Guiding Eyes for the Blind, c/o Bill Leblanc, 60 Dunbarton Dr., Nashua, NH 03063. Condolences to his family may be made at www.farmerfuneralhomes.com.