George Francis Eldridge, Jr., age 75, loving son of the late George Francis Eldridge, Sr. and Gladys Virginia (Brown) Eldridge, died Wednesday, January 27, 2021 unexpectedly at his home in East Bridgewater, Massachusetts. George was born on October 8, 1945 in Boston, Massachusetts where he lived with his family in Roxbury. He is survived by his wife Linda Marie (Ferbert/Simmons) Eldridge with whom he had been married since July, 2002.
He is also survived by his children George F. Eldridge, III and his wife Karen (English) Eldridge of Plainville; his daughter Susan F. (Eldridge/MacAusland) Caine and her husband John J. (Jack) Caine; and his daughter Stephanie F. (Eldridge/Skiffington) Thistle and her husband Thomas C. Thistle, Sr. of East Bridgewater; George L. Simmons and his wife Kerry L. Simmons of Carver, and Geoffrey L. Simmons, Sr. of East Bridgewater.
He was the proud Papa to Brianne (MacAusland) Kriegel and her husband Daniel W. Kriegel of Greer, South Carolina and “Paparoni” to their two beautiful daughters Juliana Brie Kriegel and Tessa Rose Kriegel; He was also “Papa” to Jacquelyn M. Eldridge and her fiance Ryan Tibbetts of South Boston; Ashleigh MacAusland and her fiance Brian Spillane of Scituate, Sabrina F. Skiffington of East Bridgewater, Alexa J. Caine of Bridgewater, Caroline L. Thistle, Christina S. Thistle and Thomas C. Thistle, Jr. of East Bridgewater; Ryan F. Eldridge of Plainville; Devon Caine and her fiance Joey Silva and Alison Caine of Bridgewater; Abigail L. Simmons and her fiance Cody Cadogan of Carver; Emma Rose Simmons of Carver and Geoffrey L. Simmons, Jr. of West Bridgewater. George is survived by sister Isabelle (Eldridge) Gulley and her husband Kevin Gulley, Sr., nephew Kevin Gulley, Jr. and his wife Maureen and their two sons, great-nephews Nicholas Gulley and Zach Gulley of East Bridgewater; sister, Gladys A. (Eldridge) Kerrigan of Morriston, Florida. Brother, Brian Eldridge of Ocala Florida; sister, Candy (Brown) Boyle and her husband Peter Boyle, niece Cora Boyle and nephew Devin Boyle of East Bridgewater; Tanya (Eldridge) Morini and her husband Michael Morini, niece Finola Morini, nephews Harry Morini and Jack Morini of Plymouth; Carie Eldridge Marrero and her husband Luis Marrero, nephews, Ulysses Marrero, Julyus Marrero and niece, Alexandra Marrero of Brockton.
George was raised in Roxbury, Massachusetts where he graduated from Charlestown High School in 1964. He married Frances (Dolly) (Troiano) Eldridge soon after graduating high school and they settled in Randolph where they raised their family. He was gainfully employed as a super salesman by Hinds & Coon & Co. Industrial Equipment Supplier in South Boston for over 30 years. His most precious times were spent with his family whom he loved unconditionally. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with friends and family over the years and travelling to North Carolina to visit family where he spent summers as a teenager working on the family tobacco farm.
George had a quick-wit and a sense of humor that was enjoyed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. When we first met I thought I would die laughing at his jokes. Of course he had to explain a lot of them to me. He also had that one true trait that is hard to find these days, “Common Sense!” When presented with any problem he was always ready with an answer. I used to call him “Mr. Know it all” because to me that was what he was. I am going to miss my best friend, the love of my life. We enjoyed just holding hands in our backyard and counting the blessings of the simple things in life.Watching the birds and the squirrels and the flowers blooming. We would watch a lot of TV too, of course everyone knows that. From Jeopardy every evening to all the shows about surviving in Alaska. And I was always amazed at how many Jeopardy answers he came up with and felt really proud when I would get one right. I was proud to say I was his wife.
He mostly enjoyed his times going to lunch with his family, especially the Chinese Buffet. He loved going fishing with his grandsons. Any day was a great one when he would be with his family. He also loved the technology his cell phone allowed him. Keeping in touch with everyone, looking up anything he wanted information about. Getting recent photos of his great-granddaughters or a joke from a friend. He was always making sure his family knew how much he loved them and was proud of them.
George could fix almost anything. If anyone had a problem he would be right there trying to find a solution for them. One of his favorite quotes in our home was “When you stumble, make it part of the dance!” He was loved by all who knew him and he will be sadly missed.
George was also a former member of the Fraternity & Fuller Lodge AF&AM, Newtonville, MA. He was also a member of the Commercial Club of East Bridgewater.
There will be a private celebration of life when it is safe to do so.
Please make any memorial donations to the Salvation Army.