CLINTON — The Rev. George Darling died peacefully at home June 17, 2019, after a long struggle with bone marrow cancer, his wife and daughters by his side.
Rev. Darling was born in Portland, the son of Ernest (Jim) and Merle Darling. He was raised in South Portland and graduated from South Portland High School. He graduated from UMO with a bachelor's degree in forestry.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Jeannette (Jan) Darling; his daughters, Crystal and Catherine Darling; son-in-law Mike; granddaughter Bethany and her husband, Brett; their children, Tristan and Brysen; and a brother, Dana Darling, of Missouri.
He was predeceased by his parents; brother Peter; and son-in-law Frank.
George worked in the lumber-related industry for many years. He attended Bangor Theological Seminary and graduated in 1982. His ministerial areas included: Damariscotta (before seminary), Unity (seven years), Kents Hill (six years), and Lisbon Falls (10 years). After retiring, he served in Newport (five years), Winslow UCC (one year), and Troy Union Church (five years). He retired again in 2018 because of poor health.
George also served in the Army and Army Reserve for 28 years, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel
He enjoyed gardening, planting trees and camping with Jan.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at Brown Memorial United Methodist Church, Clinton. Rev. Darling will be interred with Military Honors at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, July 18 at Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Civic Center Drive, Augusta. A final memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday July 20, 2019 at Peoples United Methodist Church in South Portland.