George Francis Chelwick, 98, WWII Veteran and ‘A Great Guy”

George Francis Chelwick, beloved husband of Nancy Leinen Chelwick of Greenwich passed away peacefully on May 8, 2024 at age 98.

George Chelwick at Redmen’s Hall on East Elm Street on Veterans Day in 2019. Photo: Leslie Yager

Born Nov 25, 1925, on Steamboat Road in Greenwich, he was the son of the late Antoni and Frances Babula Chelwick.

George was survived by his wife Nancy, his 3 sone, George F Chelwick Jr  (Bonnie) of Denver Colorado, Thomas J Chelwick (Beth) of Dublin Ohio, and Jeffrey J Chelwick (Randy) of Orange, CA.

Surviving are his five grandchildren, Kimberly and Thomas Jr of OH. Spencer (Ryan), Connor (Sara), and Kyley (Alex) of CA. Also nieces Gail Karl (Mark) of Norwalk, CT and Carolyn Nedza (Phil) of Harpsville, ME.

He was predeceased by his sisters, Florence Stack (Stanley) and Helen Harrison (Harold), his brother Stan Stanley, nephew Edward Harrison.

George attended Byram School and graduated Greenwich High School in 1943.

At age 18 he enlisted in the Army Air Cadet. He was assigned to Radio/Electronics School and then go to GCA (Ground Control Approach – early radar).

George was assigned to Nichols Field, Manila the Philippines where he saved many of his fellow service men returning from Japanese POW camps including General Wainwright.

George Chelwick. Photo: Leslie Yager

George began his banking career at Putnam Trust Co. (Now Bank of New York Mellon as part of a returning veterans program “on the job training.” He started as a teller and retired in 1983 as the senior vice president of the mortgage/loan division.

At night he attended Pace and NYU in New York City, as well as several summer executives courses.

Throughout his life George was active in the community. He served on the RTM from 1967 to 2017. Also he was a Greenwich Hospital Pharmacy volunteer and was a Byram Rotary member and past president.

George was active with the Greenwich Council BSA with his sons and on the board for about 5o years.

In his retirement years he was a member of the RMA. He was an active member of the Milbrook Club for over 50 years.

He enjoyed family camping, skiing, fishing and golfing. One of his great pleasures was his veggie garden, a love and talent he inherited from his father.

George was known as the “Man on the Roof with the White Hat,” filming the Greenwich High School football games for the coaches training sessions from 1971 to 2112.

He was inducted into the “Greenwich High School Athletic Hall of Fame” in 2016.

Most of all, Geroge was a devoted, loving husband, a very proud father, and grandfather.

It showed in his sweet loving nature, and his wonderful smile.

George was ‘A Great Guy,’ loved and admired by all who knew him.

Nancy and George Chelwick with Dave D'Andrea at Redmen's Hall where the USO Show Troupe performed at a luncheon for Veterans Day. Nov 11, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Nancy and George Chelwick with Dave D’Andrea at Redmen’s Hall where the USO Show Troupe performed on Veterans Day. Nov 11, 2019 Photo: Leslie Yager

Memorial Services will be held at All Saints Church, 300 Harrison Ave, in Harrison, NY at 10:30am on Saturday, May 18, 2024.

In lieu of flowers, as a remembrance of George – All Saints Church, 300 Harrison Ave, Harrison, NY 10528 or the Greenwich Council Boy Scouts of America, 63 Mason Street, Greenwich, CT.

Funeral arrangements by Coxe & Graziano Funeral Home, 134 Hamilton Ave, Greenwich, CT 06830.