George A. Desell Jr.


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Salem, NH - George A. Desell Jr., 81, a resident of Salem, N.H., passed away Saturday, August 17, 2019, at the High Pointe House in Haverhill, surrounded by his loving family.
Born and raised in Lawrence, the son of George A. Sr. and Mary (Proctor) Desell, was a 1955 Graduate of Lawrence High School. Later he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Mass. He worked as an Engineer for Lucent Technologies in North Andover, Mass., for 41 years until his retirement in 2001. He adored his family, especially his granddaughters who knew him as Grumpy. He served in the United States Navy from 1956 to 1959.

He always looked forward to playing 45's every Thursday evening and Friday afternoon and his visits to Foxwoods Casino. George loved sports, especially baseball, where his favorite team was the Boston Red Sox.

He leaves his loving wife of 56 years Joan M. (Buckland) Desell; his daughter, Karyn Cullen and her fiance Bruce Martin of Sandown, N.H.; Grumpy's pride and joy; his granddaughters, Shannon Cullen and Kaitlyn Cullen; his sister, Lynda Provost of Cape Elizabeth, Maine and two brothers, Dennis Desell of Wells, Maine, and Robert Desell of Lawrence, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are private at the request of the family. Arrangements are under the direction of the John Breen Memorial Funeral Home Inc., 122 Amesbury Street, Lawrence, MA 01841. For more information or to send an online condolence, please visit our website at
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Published on August 19, 2019
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5 posts

Bobbie Weilbrenner
Aug 20, 2019
Sorry to hear George past. I will miss him at 45's on Fridays.
My deepest Sympathy is with you and your family.
Susan & Scott Bergman
Aug 19, 2019
Scott and I are so sad to hear of George's passing. He and Joan have been like family to us since we moved across from them 35 years ago. George always greeted me with a "hi sweetie", which reminded me so much of my own Dad and always made me feel so special. He had a unique sense of humor and make me laugh with some of the things he'd say. Our little corner of Salem will never been the same, and we will miss him dearly.
Richard Martin, Mission Viejo, CA
Aug 19, 2019
RIP George, from your childhood friend from O'sullivan Park neighborhood.
pat & ken perron
Aug 19, 2019
sorry for your loss
Aug 19, 2019