George R. Askew, a resident of Hampton, CT, died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018.
He was born May 28, 1934, George Roger Askew grew up in White Plains and Briarcliff Manor,NY. He was an Eagle Scout. George graduated from Cornell University as an ROTC officer with a B.S. in Animal Nutrition Sciences, and later earned a Masters degree in Teaching from Eastern Connecticut State University. He worked for Big Dutchman, Inc. until 1965 when he found his true calling teaching science and math at the Eastford Elementary School. Over his 37 years of teaching the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades, he had a monumental and lasting effect on generations of students. His lessons were hands-on. He taught respect, self-worth and humanity, encouraging every student to put forth their best. His efforts extended well beyond the classroom. A nature trail he built with his students was recently dedicated to him by the Eastford Elementary School. George loved the senior citizen Thanksgiving dinners and class trips to New York City and Washington D.C. George was a leader in the education community. He worked to develop the Family Life curriculum, was president of the Connecticut Science Teachers Association, and traveled to Moscow as a teaching ambassador. He embraced civic duty, from donating blood to serving as Chairman of the Parish Hill High School Board of Education. He also helped establish the Windham chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
He was an active member of the First Congregational Church of Willimantic, teaching Sunday School and directing Camp Wabbaquassett for many years. Georges life was filled with passion.
He loved dogs, fishing and singing. Upon moving to Hampton, with the help of family and friends, he built the house where he and his family lived for 35 years. Throughout his time on earth, George exhibited an unyielding positive outlook. He struggled with Parkinsons Disease, yet never lost his wit or sense of humor.
The family thanks Pierette, and the staff at Douglas Manor.
George is survived by his loving wife, Susan Askew, first wife, Suzanne Askew, children, Roger Askew, David Askew, step-children Kimberly Abell and Jason Slate, 8 grandchildren, a great-grandchild, and sister Audrey Askew.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Covenant Soup Kitchen or the Hampton Chaplin Ambulance Service, donate some blood and most importantly, take a friend out for coffee.
The family will hold calling hours on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 4:00 p.m. To 7:00 p.m. at Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson St. (Rte. 195) Willimantic, CT.
For an online memorial guestbook please visit www.potterfuneralhome.com.