George Caswell

Dec 05, 2017

George Graham Caswell, 72, passed away peacefully at his home in New Orleans, La., on Nov. 10, 2017, after a valiant fight with Ewing’s sarcoma. He gave his parents, Dr. John A. Caswell Sr. of Marblehead, Mass., and Elizabeth Kate (Graham) Caswell of Calais, Vt., the most memorable Thanksgiving of their lives when he was born Thursday, Nov. 23, 1944, eventually becoming the second-oldest of five children.

One of George’s fondest memories as a kid is growing up watching the New York Giants in the mid-1950s, long before the Patriots ever saw the light of day.

He graduated in Crosby High School class of 1963 as president, a position he held all four years of high school. One of his proudest accomplishments was serving in the Navy for four years, from 1968 to 1971, where he was a first-class salvage diver and a Quartermaster 2. He traveled extensively throughout his naval career, to Italy, Spain (where he was stationed along the Guadalquivir River), France and Malta. He also spent a long time on the Mediterranean Sea, going as far east as Athens, Greece, and sailing along the north coast of Africa.

After the Navy, he settled down and in 1972 began his career at Central Maine Power Co. as a lineman, and later as a field planner. He retired from CMP in 2001, after 29 years of working in hurricanes and snowstorms.

In 2003, he moved to New Orleans, La., where he was employed as an emergency medical rechnician, until Hurricane Katrina literally put his ambulance company underwater, after which time he became a flower delivery man, delivering flowers to such notable people as John Goodman and Harry Connick Sr., twice.

Throughout his life, George had many hobbies, including sailing, deep-sea diving, downhill skiing, competitive silhouette shooting, miniature figurine painting, competitive board games, and moccasin beading; and being able to achieve a high level in each.

George is survived by his two children, his daughter, Kate (Caswell) Fagan, her husband Lawrence Fagan, and their daughter Quinn Fagan, all of Searsmont and his son, Stewart Caswell of Belfast.; his wife Sallye Webb of New Orleans, La.; his stepson Benjamin Provost, his wife Britt, and their daughters Julia, Anna Webb and Britton, all of Atlanta, Ga.; his stepdaughter Martha (Allen) Formel, her husband Steven Formel and their daughter Frances Formel, all of New Orleans, La.; a brother, Edward Caswell of Topsham; two sisters, Elizabeth (Caswell) Conant and her husband Ron, and Prudence Caswell of Seal Rock, Ore., and her husband Paul Reno; a sister-in-law, the widow of the late John Caswell Jr., Karen (Talbot) Caswell, of Belfast; and countless nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Along with his parents, George is predeceased by his older brother, John A. “Butch” Caswell Jr., of Belfast, and his sister-in-law Lynne (Curtis) Caswell, of Topsham.

A service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, George asked that people make donations in his name to the Disabled American Veterans. Donations can be sent to DAV, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH, 45250-0301, or online at https://www.dav.org/.

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