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Saturday, May 06, 2017

George W. Underhill, 79, Former Tax Collector

George W. Underhill, Westport’s former tax collector and a two-term Representative Town Meeting (RTM) member, died May 5 at his home in Guilford. He was 79.

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George Underhill: former tax collector. Contributed photo

A 37-year Westport resident, he resigned from the RTM effective Feb. 1, 2013 and said he would move to a newly constructed home in Guilford.

“We’re staying within the State of Connecticut, but moving up the line, downsizing if you will,” Underhill told WestportNow at the time.

He was born Aug. 18, 1937 in Nashua, New Hampshire, the son of the late George and Dorothy (Carrier) Underhill. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from Boston University and spent the majority of his business life in the banking industry

An accountant, he moved to Westport in 1975 with his family from Massachusetts after transferring from the Bank of Boston to Chase.

In Westport, he volunteered as treasurer of the Republican Town Committee, a job he held for 12 years. In 1993, former Republican First Selectman Douglas Wood offered him the post of tax collector.

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George Underhill at work in his tax collector’s office in 2009. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

“I retired in 2009, and I went through four administrations,” said Underhill, who also served under First Selectmen Joseph Arcudi, Diane Farrell, and Gordon Joseloff.

After retiring as tax collector, Underhill was elected to represent District 4 on the RTM. He served on its employee compensation, public protection, and rules committees.

He was also active in the Masons for 58 years, including as a member of Temple Lodge 65 in Westport. He has served as Past Master and AGM of the Grand Lodge of Masons of the State of Connecticut.

While he looked forward to “really retiring,” Underhill said in 2013 he had nothing but fond memories of the town.

“Westport has been good to us,” he said, noting that his grown children all went through the town’s schools. “It’s going to be difficult to match it, but we’re going to give it a try.”

In Guilford, he served as an alternate on the Planning and Zoning Commission.

Survivors include his wife Carol, son Douglas Underhill and his wife Pam of Shelton, three daughters, Laurie Haferl and her husband Rudy of Danbury, Janet Roberts of Guilford, and Leigh Ann Underhill of New Milford, 10 grandchildren: Alex, Ashley, Jessica, Nicole, Peter, Matthew, Christopher, Molly, Rachel and Carolyn; three great-grandchildren: Dante, Lucah and Grace.  He was predeceased by one brother, Brian Underhill, and one sister, Denyse Hompe.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 9 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Harding Funeral Home, 210 Post Road East. A Masonic service and military honors will be held at approximately 7 p.m.  Funeral services will be private.

Condolences for the Underhill Family may be left at http://www.hardingfuneral.com.

James Lomuscio contributed reporting.

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The family supplied the following obituary:

Mr. George W. Underhill, 79, of Guilford CT, husband of Carol (Harnish) Underhill passed away at his home surrounded by his loving family.

George was born on August 18, 1937 in Nashua New Hampshire and was the son of the late George and Dorothy (Carrier) Underhill. George was a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He graduated from Boston University and spent the majority of his business life in the banking industry.  He was a resident of Westport for 37 years.  He was very active in the Westport community including serving on the Westport ZBA and the Westport RTC.  George and his wife, Carol, moved to Guilford after he retired as Westport Tax Collector.

George has been a Mason for 58 years and has been an active member of Temple Lodge 65 for many years and has served as Past Master and AGM of the Grand Lodge of Masons of the State of Connecticut.

Survivors in addition to his wife include one son: Douglas Underhill and his wife Pam of Shelton CT, three daughters: Laurie Haferl and her husband Rudy of Danbury CT, Janet Roberts of Guilford CT and Leigh Ann Underhill of New Milford, CT. Ten grandchildren: Alex, Ashley, Jessica, Nicole, Peter, Matthew, Christopher, Molly, Rachel and Carolyn; and three great grandchildren: Dante, Lucah and Grace.  George was pre-deceased by one brother: Brian Underhill and one sister: Denyse Hompe.

The family will receive friends in the Harding Funeral Home 210 Post Road East, Westport CT on May 9th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, a Masonic service and military honors will be held at approximately 7:00 PM.  Funeral services will be private.  Condolences for the Underhill Family may be left online at http://www.hardingfuneral.com.

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