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G. Gordon Dwyer

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Date published: 3/6/2014

G. Gordon Dwyer

George Gordon Dwyer, 87, of Fredericksburg passed away quietly in his sleep on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Woodmont Center.

He was born in Taunton, Mass. on July 27, 1926, to the late Bernard and Villa Dwyer. A navy veteran of World War II, Gordon was the senior gunner's mate on the USS Prestige minesweeper. After the war, he graduated from Tufts University in Massachusetts. His livelihood was sociology and criminology. He served his communities in Massachusetts and Virginia, working as a corrections officer, social worker, marriage counselor, probation officer and sheriff's deputy.

He was a member of the Westboro Militia Re-enactment Group, Forty and Eight, Spotsylvania American Legion Post 320, the VFW, the National Rifle Association and the Virginia Defense Force. He was instrumental in establishing the new War Memorial for Fredericksburg and the surrounding counties.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Verna Mae Brown Dwyer of Fredericksburg; six children and their spouses, Bruce Dwyer and wife Carlene, Robert Dwyer and wife Janet, Janice Uhlman and husband Donald, all of Fredericksburg, Jeffrey Dwyer and wife Diane of Davidson, N.C., Thomas Dwyer and wife Joann of Westboro, Mass., and Laurie DeMalia and husband John of Hubbardston, Mass.; sister Phyllis Westgate of Taunton, Mass.; 22 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and many stepgrandchildren and -great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Dwyer, and a brother, David Dwyer.

Gordon attended the Lake of the Woods Church in Locust Grove and was a lifelong member of the Congregational Church of Westboro, Mass.

The family thanks Woodmont Center of Fredericksburg for the excellent care given to George Gordon.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg, with an American Legion service to begin at 7 p.m.

A memorial service and interment will be held at a later date in Westboro.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Spotsylvania American Legion Post 320, Box 51, Spotsylvania, VA 22553; or to the Fredericksburg War Memorial Fund at Fredericksburg Area Veterans Council, 4104 Glouster Lane, Fredericksburg, VA 22408; checks should be made out to the City of Fredericksburg, with "War Memorial Fund."

Online guest book is available at covenantfuneralser vice.com.