George Charles Baldwin, Jr., 80, died May 28, 2018 at Chestnut Woods in Saugus after a long illness. A celebration of life is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29 at Chapins Restaurant on Taunton Road from 4-6 p.m. George was born on February 12, 1938 in Montclair, N.J., son of the late Priscilla Ellis (Dunbar) Baldwin and George C. Baldwin, Sr. He moved to his grandmother’s home in Harwich Port with his family when he was in 4th grade. He graduated from Harwich High School in 1956, Burdett College with an Accounting Degree and a certificate in Advanced Principles of Hotel Management from Boston University.
In 1956, he married his high school sweet heart, Lee Wilson Hancock, who died in 2001. Together they bought the family homestead in Harwich Port, built by his ancestors c. 1842, and raised their five children.
George built a career working alongside John K. and Palmer Davenport to develop the Davenport Realty Trust over 38 years; managing properties that included motels on the Cape and New Hampshire and opening the Cape Cod Mall. George’s work included building the first profit-sharing pension plan for a privately held company in Barnstable County, assisting the Town of Harwich to purchase their first computer system, and developing the first self-funded health insurance program for worker’s compensation in the Commonwealth.
George is pre-deceased by his first wife, Lee W. H. Baldwin, a brother-in-law Anthony I. Hancock and nephew Timothy G. Engel. He is survived by his five children and their partners: Chris A. Baldwin of Dennisport, Charles G. Baldwin of Malden, Stephen W. Baldwin (Karen) of Mansfield, Sherill L. Baldwin (Kimball Cartwright) of New Haven, Conn. and Lewis G. Baldwin (Ginny) of South Yarmouth; his sister Beverly Nightingale (Bruce); sister-in-law Gail A. Hancock; beloved grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a great-granddaughter Georgia Lee Small.
Contributions, in George’s name, may be made to the Harwich Conservation Trust at 947 Route 28, Harwich, MA 02645.