George R. Hallenbeck, age 81, died at Stamford Hospital surrounded by his family and entered into God’s full embrace on March 11, 2023, following a long struggle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). He was born on August 11, 1942, in Toledo, Ohio, to Thomas Lewis Hallenbeck and Margaret Morrison Hull Hallenbeck; he was the eldest of three children.
George is survived by his wife Grace [Wilkinson], his son Robert [Lauren], two granddaughters Sarah and Natalie, his brother David [Marie], and sister Julia Badger [Edward] along with two nephews David [Jessica] and Andrew Badger and a great niece, Rosalind Badger.
George graduated from the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science in 1967 and went on to a career in the insurance and telecommunications industries, but his lifelong love and passion was sailing. He was a member of the Larchmont Yacht Club and active in the United States Power Squadrons, devoting himself to teaching the Basic Boating class. George also enjoyed introducing recreational boaters to new technologies in navigation and communication. For example, George shepherded the adoption of Maritime Mobile Service dentification nationwide to aid in providing help to ships in distress. Over his 65-year tenure with the national organization, he served in many areas, achieved the rank of Rear Commander, and received a Life-Time Achievement Award. George also served on Connecticut’s Boating Safety Board. His colleagues and friends in the USPS will miss his great breath of experience, counsel, and accomplishments.
George was active in the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich, where he orchestrated the set up of live, audio visual streaming of church services to reach a wider membership. He was also known to lend a hand to anybody he ever met, often putting aside his own tasks. George visited locally affected houses with dewatering pumps, whether he knew the owners or not.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2023, at the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich, 1 West Putnam Ave., Greenwich, CT 06830. In lieu of flowers, George’s family suggests a memorial contribution to the ALS Association or to a charity of your choice.