George Joseph Schneider of Framingham, Massachusetts passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2019 after a brief illness.
The fifth child born to Margaret & Hubert Schneider on March 8, 1924, in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, George was raised in Tyrone, PA. Upon graduation from Tyrone High School in September 1943, George enlisted in the US Air Force Aviation Cadet Program, US Armed Forces. He attended flight school and was stationed in Bremen, Germany in 1944 as a control tower radio operator. He was married to Helen L. (Shildt) also of Tyrone, PA, until her death in 1991.
Throughout his life, George was active in many different activities including: Boy Scout troop leader, amateur radio operator (W1IWA) and director of the Military Affiliate Radio System (AACS) for many years in the New England area.
In the 1960’s and 70’s as “UNO” the clown, he and his partner “OKIE DOKIE” (the crazy clowns from “Dizzyland”) brought great joy and laughter to many in the MetroWest area.
George retired from the US Army Natick R&D Command in 1985 after an illustrious 42 year career, having served as Protocol Officer for 16 Commanders. Upon retiring from the government, George worked part-time as concierge at the Hilton Hotel in Natick, and the Sheraton Tara Hotel in Framingham, where he always had a magic trick or two at the ready to entertain guests and coworkers.
George traveled worldwide and continued his lifelong pursuit of photography. He became involved in caring for the clydesdale horses at Wright farm, and spent many days enjoying the company of his many friends there.
George is survived by his son George J. Schneider II of Sparta, Tennessee, daughter Cecelia Lincoln of Framingham, daughter Rita Schneider of Santa Barbara, CA, son Kurt Schneider of Marlborough, MA, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at the United States National Cemetery in Bourne, MA on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. Donations in George’s memory may be made to Care Dimensions Hospice House - https://www.caredimensions.org/giving/ways-to-give/memorials.cfm