George B. Whelton, Jr., 90, of Hollis, died Saturday, December 28, 2019 in Nashua surrounded by his family after a brief illness. He was born on September 16, 1929, the son of George B. Whelton and Eileen V. (Flanagan) Whelton, of Nashua and was a long-term resident of Hollis. He and his wife also lived for some years in Brookline and Milford and earlier in Cambridge, MA, and New Canaan, CT. Mr. Whelton married his wife Lillian P. (Rock) Whelton of Nashua in 1954. They had five children together and after 45 years of marriage she died in 1999.
Mr. Whelton attended Sacred Heart School in Nashua and was a 1947 graduate of Nashua High School where he was a member of the state championship basketball team. He attended Boston University on a scholarship and graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. Upon graduation, Mr Whelton enlisted in the U. S. Army Counterintelligence Corps and served as a Special Agent during the Cold War.
After his time in the military, Mr Whelton joined IBM where he rose to a position of Administrative Assistant to IBM Chairman Thomas Watson, Jr. At IBM, Mr. Whelton was charged with the implementation of President Kennedy’s Plans for Progress program which promoted equal employment opportunity. Mr. Whelton’s later careers included the founding of Euro Capital and Internet Mentor and various Business Consulting and Venture Capital activities as a consultant. Mr. Whelton also spent several years working as a building contractor.
Later in life, Mr. Whelton spent much time advocating for Veterans. He interviewed many Veterans and made recommendations on their behalf through his presentations and letter-writing activities. When not working on Veterens issues, he was fully engaged with his loving family, his neighbors at Hollis Marketplace and his community of friends from St. Patrick Church in Milford where he was an active member until his final days.
Mr. Whelton was predeceased by his oldest son, George B. Whelton, III of Boston, MA.; and his son-in-law Arthur Chester Dyer, IV of Punta Gorda, FL. He was also predeceased by his sisters, Mary (Whelton) Worsowicz of Nashua; and Kathleen (Whelton) Gallagher of Arlington, MA, and his brother Joseph Whelton of Nashua and Kennebunk Beach, ME.
Mr. Whelton is survived by his children and their spouses: Elizabeth Whelton of Portsmouth and former spouse David Orde of Hollis; Christopher Whelton of Garner Valley, CA and former spouse Tara (Langello) Whelton of Murrieta, CA; Marie (Whelton) Dyer of Punta Gorda, FL; and Sarah (Whelton) and Michael Buckley of Hollis.
He also leaves twelve grandchildren and their spouses: Amber (Whelton) and Jason Neal of Seattle, WA; Cecile Dyer and Andrew Harmon, of Austin, TX; Jeannette (Dyer) and Tony Rosado, of Tampa, FL; Kaitlyn Orde and Benjamin Hill of Milford; Andrew Orde, of Hollis; Corinne (Dyer) and Ryan Wimberly of Port Charlotte, FL; Ian Buckley and Kristen (Duhaime) Buckley of Epping; Jordan Whelton of Murrieta, CA; Kristina Buckley of Portland, ME; Arthur Chester Dyer, V of Anchorage, AK; Dominick Whelton of West Hollywood, CA; and Quinn Buckley of Greenfield, MA. He leaves four great grandchildren: Christian Whelton of Murrieta, CA; Berkeley Neal of Seattle, WA; Francis Harmon Dyer of Austin, TX; Gibson Neal of Seattle, WA; and Gwenavere Wimberly of Port Charlotte, FL. Mr. Whelton is also survived by his sister, Barbara (Whelton) Morton, of Manhattan Beach, CA and NYC. He leaves many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Whelton also leaves Justin Mazimpaka (and his family) of Milford who became part of the Whelton family more than 20 years ago and who continued to help care for Mr. Whelton until his death.
Services: A memorial service will take place Saturday, March 21, at 10 a.m., in St. Patrick Church, 34 Amherst St., Milford. Family and friends are invited to attend. Those who wish to make a memorial contribution may do so directly to Home Health and Hospice Care, 7 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack, NH, 03054, the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, KA, 66675, or St. Patrick Church, Share Outreach Program, 34 Amherst St., Milford, NH, 03055. The Davis Funeral Home, 1 Lock St., Nashua, N.H 03064 is in charge of arrangements. (603) 883-3401. “ONE MEMORY LIGHTS ANOTHER”.