George A. Fagan, 96, a resident of Chelmsford for nearly 60 years, passed away peacefully on Sunday October 3, 2021 at D’Youville Life and Wellness Community, Lowell, surrounded by his loving family. Beloved husband of the late Beatrice (Everett) Fagan with whom he shared 52 years of marriage until his death in 2005.
George was born in Houghton-le-Spring, England on August 9, 1925, the son of the late James and Anne (Atkinson) Fagan. The son of a coal miner, George grew up in the north-east of England, in the coal village of New Silksworth. He graduated from 2nd in his class and got a scholarship to Durham University where he studied physics and mathematics. His university studies were interrupted while he was proudly serving as an officer in the British Army during World War II (the 161st British Infantry and later the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers of the British Territorial Army). After the war he finished his studies in Durham and obtained an honors degree in physics. George was a proud but low-key member of Mensa International and had an IQ above the 98th percentile.
In 1953, George married the love of his life, Beatrice Everett. He first worked for Imperial Chemicals, Inc (ICI – later ICI DuPont) in England. Seeking new opportunities beyond post-war England, George, Beatrice and their first son, David, immigrated to Ontario, Canada in 1956. His second son, Kevin, was born in Canada in 1956 George landed a professional position with Gelman and Associates of Ontario. , Canada while serving as a Reserve Officer in the Canadian Army. His new position allowed him to work with computers in their infancy and to develop expertise in the then emerging field of information technology. In 1958, George accepted a consultancy assignment with MITER, a so-called nonprofit “think tank” in Bedford, Massachusetts, to develop approaches to integrate computer and radar technology to strengthen American air defenses in order to counter the increase in Soviet power. threat of cold war. His daughter Joanne was born in 1960 and his third son Peter was born in 1961. In 1962 George accepted a permanent position with MITER and the family moved to Chelmsford.
George’s career at MITER included managing and contributing to numerous information technology projects for the U.S. government and its allies, with an emphasis on command, control, communications, and intelligence systems ( C3I). George moved his family to Washington DC in 1966, to help start the MITER office and operations in Washington DC. George was naturalized as a US citizen in November 1968. In 1969 a fourth son, Keith, was born. Later that year, George took an assignment with MITER to support NATO at his headquarters and moved the family to Brussels, Belgium. Returning to Chelmsford in 1972, George remained at MITER to provide systems engineering support to the US Air Force until his retirement in 1990. George traveled frequently throughout his career in Europe, including long-term assignments in Italy, Turkey, Norway and Germany.
After his retirement, George taught systems engineering part-time with Learning Tree International, enjoyed his family, especially his grandchildren, and studied and learned languages such as French, German, Italian and a little Russian. George enjoyed reading novels in various languages and learning new technologies. George loved spending time with his family and friends and welcomed them all to his home where he lived independently until 2020. With George, the door was always open and the kettle was still on.
George leaves behind 3 children: Kevin J. Fagan and his wife Pamela J. (Gibson) Fagan of Centerville, VA; Joanne (Fagan) Salomaa and her husband William C. Salomaa of Chelmsford, MA; and Peter T. Fagan and partner Julie Connolly of Chelmsford, MA and Hudson, NH. George also leaves behind his sister, Kathryn (Fagan) Nunn of Bath, England. George leaves behind 5 grandchildren: Drew D. Fagan of Arlington, VA; Alexander C. Fagan and his wife Nicole (Woodward) Fagan of Salt Lake City, UT; Timothy C. Salomaa from Costa Mesa, California; Elizabeth G. Salomaa of Sarasota, Florida; and David E. Salomaa of Chelmsford, MA. George also leaves Christopher Connolly, Elizabeth Connolly and his daughter, Camryn, Daniel Connolly and KelliAnne Connolly, all of Hudson, NH.
George was predeceased by his wife, Beatrice (Everett) Fagan (1932 – 2005) and by his sons David J. Fagan (1955 – 1977) and Keith B. Fagan (1969 -2013).
Visiting hours will be Tuesday October 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at BLAKE CHELMSFORD FUNERAL HOME, 24 Worthen Street, CHELMSFORD. His Christian Burial Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Parish, 25 North Rd., CHELMSFORD. PLEASE VISIT THE CHURCH. At the request of the family, masks are compulsory. Interment to follow at Pine Ridge Cemetery, CHELMSFORD. Memorial donations can be made in George’s name to the Lewy Body Dementia Association (lbda.org) or the Cancer Center at Lowell General Hospital. For directions and online condolences, please visit CHELMSFORDFUNERALHOME.COM.
Posted by Lowell Sun on October 10, 2021.