George Arthur Plenty

BAR HARBOR — Born in Easton, Penn., George Plenty was a graduate of East Orange (N.J.) High School as part of the class of 1933 and Rutgers University, where he received a Bachelor of Science in accounting in 1937.

He served in World War II as a captain in the U.S. Army, performing fiscal administration duties. In 1944 he married Jean Clark from West Orange, N.J., and upon his discharge from the Army in 1947, he returned to employment with Western Electric Corp. He remained with Western for 37 years, including auditing sojourns to Iran and the Arctic Circle. In 1952, George and his young family moved to Westfield, N.J. where he and Jean resided until the fall of 2009, when they relocated to Birch Bay Village in Bar Harbor. During his long life, George devoted himself to his growing family, coaching Little League teams, leading Boy Scout troops, and encouraging all of his children to achieve academically, to share his strong sense of humor, and to become stewards of their communities. He served many years on the Westfield Board of Education, and was active with the Westfield Community Players, the Westfield Day Care Center and the Westfield Presbyterian Church where he served in many capacities but was most appreciated for his stewardship of the buildings and grounds.


Throughout his life, George created magic in his workshop; he built Victorian dollhouses for auction to raise funds for daycare, crafted holiday ornaments for organizations to sell, built wooden cars and trucks with the AT&T Pioneers for hospitalized children, and was famous for repairing almost anything that was broken.

George is survived by beloved wife of 66 years, Jean; daughter Barbara Repetto and her husband Bruce of Montclair, N.J.; son Donald Plenty and his wife Jan of Gualala, Calif.; daughter Carole Plenty of Mount Desert; grandson Brian Repetto and his wife Rocio Carrera of Brunswick and their two children Cleo and Quinlan; and granddaughters Helen O’Donnell and Jennifer O’Donnell of Putney, Vt., and Stacy Repetto of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Donations in the name of George Plenty may be made to the Mount Desert Island Hospital, 10 Wayman Lane, Bar Harbor ME 04609. Arrangements are by Jordan-Fernald, 48 Eden St., Bar Harbor.

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