George W. Ainscow, 95, of Sarasota, FL, and formerly of Andover, MA, died peacefully Monday, January 28, 2019 at Manor Care Health Facility in Sarasota, FL.
George is the loving husband of 66 years to Elizabeth (Cookman) Ainscow, who survives him in FL. He is the son of the late George Ainscow, Jr., and Helen (Dreyer) Ainscow. Throughout his life, George was known for his work ethic, love of learning, love of family, and patriotism.
He enlisted in the US Army Air Corps before the World War II draft, and served as a lieutenant pilot. Following his honorable discharge he attended the University of Arizona on the GI Bill. After graduation he worked as an engineering supervisor at Western Electric in North Andover for 35 years. He raised his six children in Andover with his wife Elizabeth (“Libby”). A member of West Parish Church, he enjoyed singing in the choir. He also sang in a competitive choir in Andover which was active in the 1960s. He was an avid stamp collector throughout his life, and enjoyed reading history books. After retirement from Western Electric, he traveled the world with his wife, and made their home in Florida. He volunteered at a veterans’ cemetery, and tutored illiterate adults.
George is survived by his daughter and son in law Virginia and Stephen Sweder of Lawrence; his daughter and son in law Sharon and James Liederhouse of Miramar Beach, FL; his son and daughter in law William and Mary Ainscow of Derry, NH; his daughter and son in law Catherine and Jonathan Payne of Sarasota, FL; his son and daughter in law David and Janine Ainscow of Sarasota, FL; and his sisters in law Sylvia Hnat of Naples, FL; and Marilyn Barrow of Somerset, VA. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. George is predeceased by his parents, his parents in law Alfred and Rebecca Cookman, his son Douglas Ainscow, his son in law Daniel Geiger, his brother in law Admiral John Barrow, his brother in law Dr. Richard Hnat, and his sister in law Dorothy Cookman.
A visitation will be held Friday, February 15th, from 4 to 8pm at the Burke Magliozzi Funeral Home, 390 North Main St., Andover. A funeral will be held at West Parish Garden Chapel, 129 Reservation Road, Andover, on Saturday, February 16th at 10am. Internment will follow in the West Parish Cemetery. Friends and relatives are most welcome to attend.