How lucky we were to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. It is with great sadness and heavy hearts to say that we lost George Meoli on February 19, 2021 surrounded by his family.
George married the girl across the street – Ruth Ann Tamer and together for 64 years they created a happy home, enjoying a wonderful life with their daughters Julia & Toni along with their husbands Jim Trella & Henry Davenport. He was so very proud of his family. He also leaves behind his sister-in-law & brother-in-law Roberta & Prisco Monaco, many nieces, nephews and cousins that were important to him. He had lots of great friends that he cherished, because if you were his friend, you were his friend for life.
George enlisted in the US Navy during the Korean conflict and was a plankowner on the aircraft carrier USS Ranger CVA61. He was an active member and officer in the Ranger Reunion Association and liked traveling the country to attend its annual reunions and meeting new shipmates. He and Ruth became the ambassadors of the Association.
After leaving the Navy, “Red” joined his brother Luke working at Eastern Fire Door, where he was an estimator and officer for nearly 50 years and driving throughout Connecticut to meet and work with their customers.
George and Ruth visited almost all of the US states, national parks and ventured into many Canadian territories. He spent most of his free time tinkering and working on cars and there was always something he was turning over for sale in his driveway. He treasured his tools, especially duct tape & WD40. He also participated in the Guilford Senior Bocce League on Tuesdays. George had a great sense of humor and loved a good joke- our inboxes will miss the many jokes that he shared. He was a big softy- complaining about all the dogs and cats Ruthie brought home, yet always opening his heart to these pets, laughing at their antics and returning their affection.
George was a proud first generation Italian, but a prouder American. He always assured there was an American and US Navy flag flying in the yard. He was a member of the Guilford American Legion.
He was predeceased by his parents Frank & Julia (Carrieri) and brothers Luco & Salvatore.
George grew up in East Haven where he met Ruth, but his family moved him to Lake Worth Florida where he graduated high school. He returned to CT to marry his sweetheart and continued to live in East Haven before moving to Guilford in 1971. He would have been 85 on April 22nd.
Funeral services with a military honor internment will be private. A memorial will be held at a later date when social gathering is safe for everyone. The family sends their sincere appreciation to the Shoreline Dialysis Center, the Guilford VNA and CT Hospice for their care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, we ask that you consider a donation to the Guilford VNA or CT Hospice.
Those that touch our lives stay in our hearts forever and George touched so many.
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VNA Community Healthcare & Hospice
753 Boston Post Road, Suite 200, Guilford CT 06437
100 Double Beach Rd, Branford CT 06405