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George Benjamin Calvert, Sr
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Birth: May 23, 1889
County Armagh, Northern Ireland
Death: Mar. 29, 1976
Martin County
Florida, USA

Born May 23, 1889 in Barrack Hill ( a street) in Armagh, County Armagh, Ireland (now Northern Ireland), the son of John Varty Calvert (1842-1905) and his second wife Mary Moore (1842-1922).

Baptised July 10, 1889, by the Rev. Robert Thacher at St, Mark's Parish, Church of Ireland, Armagh, Ireland.

He enlisted in the British Army in Belfast on June 15, 1905 and completed his engagement in Dublin on June 9, 1919, having served in India before WWI and in France during WWI.

He landed in Canada at Quebec City on June 4, 1913, aboard the Laurentic from Liverpool and lived in Toronto, but returned to his regiment when WWI broke out. He returned to Canada in 1919, landing at St. John, NB, on April 2. 1919, aboard the Scandinavian from Liverpool. While in Toronto he worked for Eaton's Dept. Store.

He entered the US June 20, 1924, at Detroit, Michigan, aboard the Detroit-Windsor Ferry. In Detroit he worked for Standard Oil of Indiana (Later Amoco) which was headquartered there.

In Detroit, he became a member of First Church of Christ Scientist, Detroit, and went through Christian Science class instruction with William Duncan Kilpatrick, CSB.

Around 1930 he went to Boston to work at the Christian Science Benevolent Association in Chestnut Hill.

On August 19, 1933, he and Gertrude Durr were married by an Episcopal priest at her home at 288 Commonwealth Ave. in Boston, Mass. They had three children, George Benjamin Calvert, Jr., (1934-2004}, William Durr Calvert (1937-1987), and one son who is still alive.

For most of the Depression he worked for E. C. Johnson & Co., a food wholesaler. During World War II, he worked for Raytheon in Waltham on the development of radar for the US Navy. A side result of that work was the radar range, now called the microwave oven, which was discovered by accident when someone's lunch was "nuked" accidentally.

In 1947, Raytheon downsized and he went to work for Van Kuren Manufacturing before going into a sandwich catering business with his wife and another partner. They supplied fresh made sandwiches to drug store lunch counters (mostly Liggett Rexall) throughout west suburban Boston.

In August 1952 he retired and moved with his family to Bradenton, Florida. In the summer of 1953 he went to Dayton, Ohio, where he worked for Huffman Manufacturing, maker of Huffy bicycles, while his wife and two younger sons stayed at a friend's farm in Bloomingville, south of Sandusky, Ohio.

He was an air raid warden in Newton Highlands, Mass. during WW II and in the summers of the late 1950s-early 1960s, he was traffic patrolman at Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York.

He lived in Manatee County, FL, 1952-1975.

He died at home, 1200 Starfish Lane, Stuart, Florida.
He was First Reader, First Church of Christ, Scientist, Bradenton, Florida, a Christian Science Practitioner and Chaplain of Manatee Lodge #31 F.&A.M., Bradenton


George Benjamin Calvert, 86, of 1200 Starfish Lane, Stuart, Florida, died Monday, March 29, 1976, at his home.

Born May 23, 1889, in County Armagh, Ireland, he attended public schools in County Monaghan, Ireland, served in the Royal Irish Rifles in India and Burma before World War I and in France during World War I.

Calvert was a Christian Science Practitioner and was a member of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Stuart, and of The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Mass. He served as First Reader, Chairman of the Board and President of First Church of Christ, Scientist, Bradenton, Florida.

He had been a resident of Stuart since last September, coming from Bradenton, where he had resided since 1952. Previously he had lived in Boston, Detroit and Toronto and was a member and former chaplain of Manatee Lodge No. 31, F. & A. M. in Bradenton.

Survivors include his wife, Gertrude Durr Calvert; three sons, George B. Calvert, Jr., of Phoenix, Arizona, William D. Calvert of Dedham, Mass., and Stephen B. Calvert of Stuart, and six grandchildren.

Services will be held at 2 PM Tuesday at the Aycock Funeral Home Chapel in Stuart, with H. Dick Blabon, First Reader of First Church of Christ Scientist, Stuart, officiating.
-- Published in the Stuart News, March 30, 1976, written by his son Stephen.

Family links: 
  John Varty Calvert (1842 - 1905)
  Mary Moore Calvert (1846 - 1922)
  Gertrude Durr Calvert (1907 - 1983)
  George Benjamin Calvert (1934 - 2004)*
  William Durr Calvert (1937 - 1987)*
  Sarah Jane Calvert Campbell (1870 - ____)**
  John Nicholas Calvert (1871 - 1895)**
  Samuel George Calvert (1873 - 1874)**
  Joseph William Calvert (1876 - 1883)*
  Mary Isabella Calvert Graham (1878 - 1906)*
  Henry De La Varty Calvert (1879 - 1947)*
  Francis James [Gunner Royal Navy] Calvert (1881 - 1917)*
  Margaret Elizabeth Calvert (1882 - 1883)*
  Thomas Edward Calvert (1883 - 1941)*
  Annie Catherine Calvert (1884 - 1937)*
  Ellen Louisa Calvert Jenkins (1886 - 1955)*
  George Benjamin Calvert (1889 - 1976)
*Calculated relationship
Note: Cenotaph: His ashes were scattered in the Atlantic Ocean just south of Rand's Pier in Seminole Shores (now Sailfish Point) on Hutchinson Island, Fla
All Saints Cemetery
Jensen Beach
Martin County
Florida, USA
Plot: 4 East of Blk 5 73
Created by: Martin Weybright
Record added: Dec 17, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45569879
George Benjamin Calvert, Sr
Added by: Martin Weybright
George Benjamin Calvert, Sr
Added by: Martin Weybright
George Benjamin Calvert, Sr
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