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George O. St. Onge
February 28, 1933 ~ January 7, 2024 (age 90) 90 Years Old
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Ware - George O. St. Onge, 90, of Ware, died on Sunday, January 7, 2024 at Brookhaven Assisted Care in West Brookfield.
He leaves his nieces Camille G. St. Onge Magin (Randy) of Millers Falls, MA, Suzanne (St. Onge) Tanzyus (Mark) of Lakewood, CO, Diane (McHugh) Walden (Terry) of Chagrin Falls, OH and nephew Paul McHugh (Ann Garstka) of Gilbertville, MA. He was predeceased by his sister, Theresa McHugh in 2007 and his brother, Armand “Red” St. Onge in 2010.
He was born in Ware, son of the late Henry and Aline (Girouard) St. Onge and lived in Ware for nearly his entire life.
In his youth, George worked as a laborer on the family farm in West Brookfield and then worked as a machine operator at the former Ware Shoe Factory for several years. Later, he worked in the Dining Commons at the University of Massachusetts Amherst for 20 years before retirement.
George was an avid Red Sox fan, in the best of times and in the worst of times. He could be seen sporting his baseball cap while walking through the aisles of Big Y and rarely missed watching a game on TV. He was even known to watch games in Spanish when the incorrect button was inadvertently hit on the TV remote. When not watching baseball, he enjoyed watching westerns and programs about WWII with Zooey, his cat, curled up on the couch next to him.
Not really enjoying the art of cooking, George took advantage of local fine dining opportunities. He was an active member of the Ware Senior Center, arriving promptly at 11:15am for lunch. On weekends or on days he did not like the lunch being offered at the Senior Center, he could be found at Crystal Springs Dairy Bar. During the warmer weather, staff at Janine’s knew George’s standard order of a plain hamburger, fries and a vanilla shake. Polish food always had a special place on his palate whether it was from St. Mary’s Church or the Monday evening Polish Night at Janine’s. He was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus and never missed one of their spaghetti suppers. His favorite meal was American chop suey with chicken chow mein coming in a close second.
George was a long-time member of Mount Carmel and All Saint’s churches. In addition to attending weekly mass, he was seen at parish barbecues and parish breakfasts. George’s faith was an important part of his life.
Those fortunate enough to interact with George frequently will forever hear him saying “Whaaaaat?” But most importantly, George demonstrated that a simple life well lived was a successful life!
A Funeral Mass for George will be held on Friday, February 23, 2024 at 11:00am in All Saint’s Church, 17 North St., in Ware. Burial will be in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery following the mass In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ware Senior Center, 1 Robbins Road, Ware, MA 01082. Checks should be made out to the Town of Ware, and put "Senior Center" on the memo line.
Charbonneau Funeral Home, 30 Pleasant St., in Ware is assisting his family with arrangements.
An online guest book is available at charbonneaufh.com