George Dubina
George Dubina
  • March 27, 1918 - February 20, 2017
  • Troy, New Hampshire

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George Dubina, of Troy, NH, formerly of Willimantic, CT, passed away, five weeks short of his 99th birthday, on Monday, February 20, 2017 at Maplewood Nursing Home, Westmoreland, NH, due to complications of emphysema. He had been a resident for nine months at Maplewood, living independently until May 2016.

His passing is mourned by the family he loved, his brother Stephen Dubina (Franklin, CT), his niece, Dale Dubina (Franklin, CT), his nephew, Chuck (Kathleen) Dubina of Woodstock, CT, their children, Charlie (Stephany) Dubina of Eastford, CT and Jennifer Dubina (Laurens, NY). He was predeceased by his wife, Alyce Lahiff.
He was born March 27, 1918 in Willimantic, CT to Margaret and Archie Dubina, immigrants from Hungary and Russia. He was educated at Natchaug Elementary School and Windham High School. He was a violinist in the Willimantic Orchestra in high school and briefly after.

Following graduation, he continued full-time working alongside his parents and his brother in the family business, American Diner, which was situated at the corner of Main Street and Windham Street for many years.

With the advent of World War II, he enlisted in the National Guard and was stationed at Camp Blanding, Florida. He passed the pilot examination and qualified as a B-24 Liberator bomber pilot, completing 36 missions over Europe. He flew several missions ferrying gasoline to supply General George Patton's Third Army in their battle toward Berlin.

Following the end of the war, he took advantage of the G.I. bill and graduated with a degree in Meteorology from St. Louis University. His career then began as a meteorologist at Logan Airport in Boston.

He married Alyce Lahiff of Troy, NH in 1946, having been introduced to her by his mother at the family diner. They subsequently left Boston and returned to her hometown where he began the successful enterprise, Monadnock Ham and Bacon. He had several notable customers, one of whom was the writer, Thornton Wilder. George continued with weather forecasts on the radio for WKNE Keene and WHAI Greenfield. He then became certified in teaching and taught Earth Science in Templeton, Massachusetts. He retired from teaching in 1983.

He was active in his adopted town of Troy, serving on various town committees. He took up oil painting in retirement and enjoyed skiing in earlier years. Always interested in local issues, he wrote many insightful "Letters to the Editor," sent to the Keene Sentinel. His mind was sharp to the very end.
His reminiscences were recorded by a family member. As a part of the greatest generation, he will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will be held at the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street, Keene, NH on Monday, February 27th at 1:00 p.m. The family will receive friend's following the service. Burial will be at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that those who wish may give a donation in memory of George to Friendly Meals, HHCHC, 312 Marlboro Street, Keene, NH.