George S. Anthony, 79, of Northborough and Naples, Fla.

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Dr. George S. AnthonyNorthborough/Naples, Fla. – Dr. George Steve Anthony, beloved father, brother, grandfather and friend, of Northborough, MA and Naples, FL, passed away at the age of 79 years old on October 22, 2022, while comforted by the love of his family.

George was born on October 9, 1943, in Boston, MA, the son of the late Stavros Antonios Papastavros and Inez (Cole) Anthony. He spent most of his childhood in Brockton, where he graduated from high school in 1961. He cherished the summers he spent on his grandparent’s farm in Fairfield, ME.

George was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Joann (Frazetti) Anthony. George and Joann were college sweethearts and proud graduates of Boston College Class of 1965. George earned his Master’s Degree in Education at Northeastern University in 1973 and his Ed.D. at Nova Southeastern University in 1999.

George devoted his entire career to public school education. He taught Social Studies and history at Sharon High School, where he was known as “Mr. A.” After teaching for more than 25 years, he became a High School Administrator and was then known as “Dr. A”. He retired in 2007 after 42 years of devoted service to the public schools. George took great pride in hearing from his former students and learning of their successes.

After his retirement, George pursued his love of travel with vigor. He undertook a great adventure and taught English in China, which fit well with his two passions: teaching and traveling. In their retirement, George and Joann continued to share their passion for traveling the world and took wonderful trips to visit family in Italy and Greece, explore Europe and cruise the Caribbean and Alaska. George was actively involved in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Naples, FL, his poker groups and the condominium associations where he and Joann resided.

George’s greatest joy was spending time with his family, especially holidays and birthdays. Texas was a favorite destination, where he and Joann spent many holidays and vacations with Elizabeth and Mark. To his grandchildren he was known as Gramps, Papa or Ippi. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren’s many sporting events, plays, concerts, recitals, and graduations. Each of his grandchildren had a unique and special relationship with him; he valued their individual interests and encouraged them to pursue their dreams.

George leaves his devoted children, Elizabeth and Mark Bibeau of Chandler, Texas, The Hon. Christine D. Anthony and Eric Richman of Westborough, Catherine and Ronald Adair of Ashburnham, and Mary-Joann and William Sheerin of Worcester; his nine grandchildren Raphael and Eli Richman, Carmella, George, Francis, Kateri and Ava Adair, and Cole and William Sheerin; and his sister Helen Mulgrew of Zephyr Hills, FL.

His family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the doctors, nurses, and PCAs at UMass Memorial Medical Center for their wonderful care of him during his illness, and to the VNA for providing supportive hospice care.

Visiting Hours will be held on Tuesday, November 1, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Hays Funeral Home, 56 Main Street, Northborough, MA. George’s funeral will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, November 2, in the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Northboro, 40 Church Street, Northborough, MA. A private burial ceremony will take place at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society www.givenow.lls.org in his name.

To leave an online condolence please visit www.HaysFuneralHome.com.