, Salem, MA

April 3, 2014

George W. Lufkin, 70

Essex — George W. Lufkin, 70, husband of Susan D. (Ingalls) Lufkin, of Essex, died peacefully Sunday, March 30, 2014, in the Den Mar Nursing Home in Rockport following a long illness.

Born in Ipswich, May 25, 1943, he was the only child of the late Wendell P. and Helen G. (Gates) Lufkin, both of Essex. George, with his wife, Susan, was the proud owner of Essex Marina, better known as “Lufkin’s Marina,” for thirty-two years. “Lumpy,” as he was affectionately known by most of his childhood friends, had achieved his dream of owning his own marine business after working for Robinson Artesian Wells for twenty-five years and Woodman’s Restaurant for eighteen years. George also served with the Essex Fire Department, retiring after forty-five years of service to the Town of Essex.

As a lifelong Essex resident, George fell in love with the Essex River and was out on his boat every chance he had. Before owning a marina, he took his family down river every week during the summer and dug clams from its “lovely flats.” He was very lucky to be able to make his living in an industry that truly held his heart. When not running his business George could be found fishing from his boat, clamming or cruising “down river.” He also had a love of gambling and could be found playing cards in his shop with the “Goosefarts” on Wednesday nights.

In addition to his wife, Susan of forty-eight years, he leaves his three daughters, Laura A. Lufkin and her partner, Timothy Burton, of Essex, Kimberley Lufkin Williams and her husband, Donald L. Williams, of Rowley, and Kate P. Lufkin of Roslindale; ten grandchildren, Lily Lufkin Phipps of Essex, Samuel L. Williams, McKeane A. Williams and Sarah B. Williams, all of Rowley, Alyssa Zajac of Salem, Emma Zajac, Joseph Remiersma and Silas Remiersma, all of Magnolia and Quinn Burton and Erica Burton, both of Groveland. He is also survived by his niece, Bethany Ingalls Allen and her husband, Joseph, of Hamilton and their children, Lindsay, Alexis and Joseph; a nephew, Christopher Ingalls and his wife, Laurie, of Essex and their children, Christopher and Jenna. He was the loving father of the late Sarah C. Lufkin.

The family sends special thanks to all the staff at Den Mar Nursing Home, particularly Nancy Hilshey, who treated him like her own father.

ARRANGEMENTS: His funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, April 4, in the United Methodist Church of Hamilton, 391 Bay Road, Hamilton, followed by interment in the Spring Street Cemetery, Essex. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m. in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to The Jimmy Fund, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284-9168 and/or the Sarah Lufkin Memorial Scholarship Fund, First Ipswich Bank, c/o Heidi Dean, 8-10 Martin St., Essex, MA 01929. For directions or to leave a condolence, please visit