George J. Drummey, 93, of Danvers MA (formerly of Revere MA) passed away peacefully on January 7th 2021, after a period of declining health.
Born to the late Mabel and George F. Drummey, George was their last surviving son, having been predeceased by his sisters, Marie “Winnie” Young and Estelle Drummey and his brother Russell Drummey.
George was married to the late Eleanor G. (Ferraro) Drummey for 66 years. He is survived by three of his four sons and their spouses; George L. and Janet of Framingham MA, James M. and Raymond Loughrey of San Francisco CA, and Robert J. of Danvers MA. George is predeceased by his late son Stephen B. Drummey.
George is survived by four grandchildren: Michael Drummey of Queens NY, Elizabeth Drummey of Brooklyn NY, Nicole Drummey of Danvers MA, and Kyle Drummey of Danvers MA. He is also survived by his sister in law Rita Sasso of Danvers MA and many nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews.
In 1999, Rita and her late husband, Ralph, moved with George and Eleanor from Revere to Danvers where they shared a duplex home. The four of them were inseparable.
Shortly after completing his studies at Revere High School George joined the US Marines as World War II was underway in the Pacific Theatre. After basic training George was sent to be part of the occupation force in Japan after Japan surrendered. He often talked about his time there. It was quite an experience for a man who wasn’t even 20 years old.
After the Marines, George worked for many years at the General Electric facility in Lynn MA, where he met his future wife Eleanor. After GE, George worked at NRC and it successor companies Norton and Bayer, first in Cambridge MA and then in Newton MA. He worked there for over 30 years, earning a promotion to foreman after a relatively short time.
After retiring at age 64, George enrolled at Mass College of Art, pursuing his lifelong interest in painting. He was a very talented artist who became more and more skilled with formal training. His many portraits, seascapes and landscapes have become part of his legacy. In retirement, George was also an avid reader, enjoyed music, and became a student of history.
But despite all of his personal and professional accomplishments, what was most important to him was spending time with his family. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. There were many “motor trips” to upstate NY, NY City, Washington DC and Quebec, and countless summer vacations in Maine and later at his summer house in Tamworth NH. But mostly he enjoyed the simpler times with his family: Sunday dinners, backyard cookouts in Revere and Tamworth, reading and telling stories to his grandchildren, or an afternoon swim with his sons at one of the nearby lakes in Tamworth.
He also greatly enjoyed the time he spent with his extended family and friends –holiday gatherings, Saturday night dinner and dancing at the Knights of Columbus, a special trip to Rome with friends, singing around the campfire after dinner in NH, countless trips and events with his sister in law, Rita, and his late brother in law, Ralph, and occasional trips to CA to visit his sisters, nieces and nephews.
George will be remembered as a kind, humble, calm and gentle man, who showed great interest in everyone he met, and in the world around him. As importantly, he will also be remembered as a consummate family man and caring friend. He always looked forward, never dwelled on life’s challenges, and made the best of life for his family and himself.
In an abundance of caution during the current pandemic, George will have a private family burial. A Mass of Remembrance and A Celebration of George’s Life will be scheduled at a later date.
Given George’s passion for art, and in lieu of flowers, donations in George’s memory can be made to Mass College of Art.
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