George Clarance Dutilley, 95, of Claremont, NH, died Friday, August 18, 2017, at Valley Regional Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born November 30, 1921 in Greenville, NH to parents Rose and Napoleon Dutilley.
George was predeceased by his first wife, Ida (Vadney) Dutilley. They married in 1950, bought land and built a home on Green Mountain Road, and had their beloved son, Brian Dutilley. They shared a long and loving marriage of 41 years until Ida passed away in 1991. Shortly after, he found new love when he met Lorraine (Henault) Dutilley. They became best friends and married in 1994. They spent 23 long, and happy years together.
George was the kind of man that everybody liked, and was admired and respected by everyone who knew him. When in a conversation with George, it was only a matter of minutes before he had you laughing. This was true right up until his final hours on Friday, when he had an entire room full of family laughing. Not only was he witty, generous, and kind, but he had a tremendous talent and passion for woodworking. He was a genius when it came to restoring antique cars. He restored old Woody Station Wagons for years, starting from barely anything, making new parts out of wood, and returning the cars to pristine condition. He could make anything out of wood. He also made one-of-a-kind handmade guitars, which he sold to local shops and musicians. He made 84 of them total, each one with their own unique markings. These guitars fulfilled his desire to create, right up until he was 91 years old. Among some of the many amazing pieces he created in his home woodworking shop, or at George’s Woodworking were: a replica of the Croydon Congregational Church, flawless pieces of furniture, stunning cabinetry, and any odd job that he was asked to complete, often requiring his brilliant problem solving skills when it came to woodworking. He could make anything that he was asked to, and credited his immense talent to God. He was a true artist and was able to create anything with his hands. He had done so much throughout his lifetime, but three constants always remained; his woodworking, his family, and his faith.
George was survived by his wife Lorraine Dutilley; son, Brian Dutilley and daughter-in-law, Betty Dutilley; his stepdaughter, Lisa Simoneau; stepson, Michael Henault and his wife Kim Henault; grandchildren, Sarah Frederick and her husband Evan Frederick, Christie Dutilley, Cody Simoneau, Nicole Simoneau, Nick Henault, and Amanda Henault; and Great Grandchildren, Taylor and Clayton Galford, and Molly Frederick.
A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, August 23, at Stringer Funeral home in Claremont. The wake will begin at 4:00PM, with a funeral service to immediately follow at 6:00PM.
“There is only one God. It doesn’t matter what you are or what church you belong to. He is in all of them.” -George Dutilley
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