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George P. Asselin, 83, of Coventry, passed away Tuesday, January 23, 2024, at his home on Johnson’s Pond, surrounded by his loving family.
George’s life was filled with love and laughter and spanned over 8 decades. He touched so many people in that time with his generosity and friendship and everyone he met became a lifelong friend.
George loved living on Johnson’s Pond. He began living there as a renter in 1974 and was thrilled when he was able to buy his dream home a few short years later. He made many memories for himself and family and friends for decades. Memories of July 4th parties and ice skating parties on the pond fill the minds of generations of family and friends. George loved to entertain his family and friends with food, drink and fun. He was a great cook and took great pride in making a delicious meal.
His earlier hobbies included attending races with his son Greg and friends, as well as attending many game dinners throughout the years. George cherished his son, and being able to enjoy these hobbies together brought him great joy. He passed down his love of mushrooming to his three daughters, who he took mushrooming right up to this season.
George was a successful businessman, having been owner and operator of two successful businesses. For over 30 years, he ran Asselin Auto Sales and Service behind the former Almacs building in West Warwick. George’s customers were treated as family and he made lifelong friends by being fair and reliable and consistently helpful. George became interested in general contract work and transitioned to his new career as The Handyman in his 60’s. He loved working with his hands and took pride in a job well done. Again, his customers were treated fairly and became friends.
After surviving an accident that almost took his life in 1959, George felt blessed to have been given a second chance at a full life. The birth of his son Greg, whom he loved very much, gave him a lifelong best friend who enjoyed all the same hobbies that he did, including working side by side for many years at Asselin Auto Sales & Service. He felt blessed to be able to raise his three daughters Jenna, Angel & Olivia with his wife of 33 years, Eileen.
His daughters adored him and George spent last summer and fall teaching his 2 younger daughters how to drive. His oldest daughter Jenna was by his side every day helping him navigate through the last weeks of his time on earth. He had long conversations with her, preparing her for his transition from this world and assuring her he would always be looking over her. Every day he made sure to tell his daughters he loved them.
George leaves his wife Eileen (Mann), his son, Greg Asselin and his wife Melissa, his daughters Jenna, Angel, and Olivia Asselin; grandchildren, Andrew Buonanno, Kayla Mauldin, Britny Ward and many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and his sister Cecile and her husband Roger L’Heureux.
George was predeceased by his parents, Eugene and Blanche (Riel) Asselin, his brothers Paul Morrisette, Lucien, Roland, Edward, and Raymond Asselin and his sister Lea Clarke.
His funeral will be held Saturday, January 27, 2024 at 8:45 a.m. from the PRATA-GALLOGLY Funeral Home, 78 Providence Street, West Warwick followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. in Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 62 Pleasant Street, West Warwick. Interment will be private. Visiting hours Friday 4:00-7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 62 Pleasant Street, West Warwick, RI 02893 in his memory would be appreciated. Information and condolences, please visit: www.PrataGallogly.com
Our Lady of Good Counsel Church
62 Pleasant Street, West Warwick RI 02893