George R. Wedge passed away on Thursday, May 3, 2018. He was born in in Bristol, Conn., to the late Russell and Faith (Elmestedt) Wedge and graduated from Bristol High School in 1959. He served in the U.S. Army from December 5, 1963 to December 4, 1969, receiving an honorable discharge from the 17th Aviation Co. 1st Cavalry Division. He was on active duty in the Vietnam War for 13 months and 5 days, as an Air Traffic Control Operator. He received the Vietnam Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, one Overseas Bar and the Vietnam Campaign Medal. In 1968, he married Marion (Thompson) Wedge (predeceased) and was married for 26 years.
After the military, he was a firefighter for Bristol, Conn., where he was injured on the job and had to retire. He held positions at TransAmerica, Heathkit Electronics and owned his own business, National Radio. George was an avid ham radio operator (K1OLS) and an accomplished private pilot who at one point owned an Aronca Chief and a Piper Comanche. George loved being outside in nature, being an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed boating with his family on Lake Pocotopaug, in East Hampton, where the family has a lake house and going boating in Narragansett, with his daughter and son and law. George belonged to the Bristol Fish and Game Club, where he taught hunter safety courses and was Trap Chairman. George spent countless hours and weekends bringing his daughter to horse shows and horseback riding lessons. In 2012, George moved to Richmond, R.I., to live with his daughter and son-in-law.
George leaves behind his best four-legged buddy, Duke, his daughter, Heidi (Wedge) Edwards and son-in-law, Brian Edwards of Richmond, R.I., his daughter, Robin Hagaman and her husband, William of Bristol, Conn., a granddaughter, Rachel Jeffries of Bristol, Conn., a grandson, Kyle Drapeau of Bristol, Conn., granddaughter, Madison Hagaman of Bristol, Conn., a step-son, Thomas Gilligan (predeceased) of Torrington, Conn., two brothers and their wives, David and Kathy Wedge, of Hampton, Conn., Rusty and Carol Wedge of Burlington, Conn., one sister and her husband, Sally (Wedge) and Jim Kology of Bristol, Conn., and several nieces and nephews.
The family will greet relatives and friends on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the S.R Avery Funeral Home, 3A Bank St., Hope Valley, R.I. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, Exeter, R.I.
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