Gloucester, MA – Arial W. "Ria…

Gloucester, MA – Arial W. “Rial” George passed away suddenly with his wife, Carolyn, by his side on Aug. 30, 2020, in Gloucester, Mass. He was born on Sept. 9, 1937, to Dr. Arial and Sophie W. George. He grew up in Wellesley Hills, Mass., and graduated from Rivers Country Day School in 1956. He graduated from Tufts University in 1961 as a Mechanical Engineer. After graduation, he went to work for Electric Boat in New London, Conn., a subsidiary of General Dynamics. He married Tamsen Evans that same year.
In 1967, he and his family moved to Vancouver where he continued to work for Electric Boat. In 1970 he returned to the States, living in Andover, Mass., vacationing on the Cape and working for Bolt Beranek and Newman Inc. in Cambridge, Mass. During the next 35-plus years he traveled extensively for BBN spending considerable time working within the U.S. and overseas in Italy, Scotland, Norway, and Canada, primarily with marine acoustics.
In 1991 he married Carolyn A. Quinn and moved to Magnolia, Mass. After retiring from BBN, he continued his career as an acoustical engineer consultant. He and his wife traveled regularly; some of their favorite destinations included France, England, Scotland, Spain, The Azores, Portugal, Sweden, Newfoundland and The Bahamas. He was a former member of the Eastern Point Yacht Club and loved his boats and fishing. He engineered sculpture armatures for local artists and designed and constructed unique building projects. He also liked volunteering for the Thursday night kids group at Lanesville Congregational Church and enjoyed attending the Cape Ann Symphony with his wife Carolyn. He was an avid reader, was always tinkering with something, kept busy with many home projects, enjoyed scholarly conversations and still owned his first car, a Model T Ford. Rial was a true renaissance man who touched many and will be missed by all.
He is survived by his wife Carolyn Quinn George and her children Jennifer Q. Crook and Justin M. Quinn and wife Lisa, and his former wife Tamsen E. George and three children, Arial W. George III and wife Paula, Dorinda G. Goodman and husband Alec, and Bronwen G. Wilkerson. He also leaves behind his six adored grandchildren (Brianna, Daphne, Brent, Isabella, Gianna and Sarah); and leaves his brother Laurance W. George and wife Helen; and nephew Laurance.

A private, ocean scattering of ashes will be scheduled at a future date. Arrangements by Campbell Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester, MA 01930. Information, directions, condolences at

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