George F. Demers, 83, of Rochester died September 8, 2021 at home, in the arms of his loving wife of 65 years, Jacqueline A. (Moreau) Demers. He fought a 17 year-long and courageous battle with cancer, until it finally took his body, but never his fighting spirit.
Born in Pawtucket, RI, son of the late Milton L. and Florence (Fowler) Demers, he was raised in Lincoln, RI and lived in New Bedford before moving to Rochester 30 years ago.
He was formerly employed as a physical education teacher at Fairhaven Junior High School for 37 years until his retirement in 1990. George was first and foremost a devoted husband and father. As his kids grew, he and Jackie retired to care for his triplet grandkids and his beloved Brayden. He was an avid, organic gardener and loved to provide healthful food to those around him. He tackled building projects, large and small, including building his current home, creating a hot water solar heating system, putting an addition on his daughter’s home, and building a motor home from the chassis up, which carried his family on many adventures, including a summer-long trip out west. He loved scuba diving, and finding many gifts of the sea to feed family and friends. May you find that elusive anchor now that you are free.
Loving survivors include the one and only love of his life, his beloved wife Jackie; his daughter, Donna Demers of Agawam, MA; his 2 sons Michael Demers and his wife Karen of New Bedford and Christopher Demers and his wife Natalie of Deltona, FL; 3 brothers, Milton Demers and Kenneth Demers, both of Lincoln, RI and Paul Demers of CT; his sister, Joan Shaw of Ashaway, RI; 7 grandchildren, Zachary, Daniel, Cheyenne, Cierra, Christopher, Cameron and Sydney; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his eldest sister Florence Banning of PA.
The family would like to give special thanks George’s doctors, Dr. Amy Wiegant and Dr. Othman and their staffs, and the special angels of the Southcoast Visiting Nurses Hospice Care, who provided him and the entire family with such loving and compassionate care.
Private arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett. In lieu of flowers, please share your love and be extra kind to one another. For online guestbook, visit www.saundersdwyer.com.