|Birth: ||May 16, 1914|
|Death: ||Feb. 15, 1997|
PARENTS: George Henry Swallow, Jr., born Mosley, Saddleworth, Lancashire, England and Sarah Ann Morris, born Enfield, Hartford Co., CT.
MARRIED: Alice Marguerette Dunning, March 8, 1952, Spencer, Worcester Co., MA.
CHILDREN: George Henry Swallow IV
George Henry Swallow, Jr.
CUNDY'S HARBOR - George H. Swallow, Jr., 82, died Saturday, February 15, 1997, at his home following a long illness. He was born may 16, 1914, in Spencer, Mass. He graduated from David Prouty High School in Spencer. On April 18, 1942, he joined the U.S. Army and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Technical School in 1943 and was an airplane maintenance technician. During World War II, he served in the China Offensive and China Defensive with units in India for 14 months. He attained the rank of Technical Sergent and among his personal decorations was the Chinese Medal of Honor, presented to him in 1945 by Madame Chiag Kai-Shek. On March 8, 1952 he married Alice Dunning in Spencer, Mass., and moved to Cundy's Harbor at that time. He was a member of the American Legion for 52 years, served on the Spencer Fire Department, and was Chief of Cundy's Harbor Volunteer Fire Department. He also raised Hoover the Seal, the only mammal known to mimic human speach. Besides his wife of Cundy's Harbor he is survived by a son, George Henry Swallow IV of Cundy's Harbor. At his request there will be no service at this time. Spring Burial will be at the Cranberry Horn Cemetery in Cundy's Harbor. A memorial service will be held in the Spring. Memorial Donations can be made to CHANS Hospice Care, 50 Baribeau Dr, Brunswick, Me 04011-3200 or Cundy's Harbor Volunteer Fire and Rescue, care of Eleanor Butler, RFD 5, Box 2494, Brunswick, Me 04011. Arrangement are by Brackett Funeral Home, Brunswick, Me.
HEADSTONE INSCRIPTION: GEORGE H. "Keep out of the hot sun. Don't take any wooden nickels." May 16, 1914
- Feb 15, 1997. Footstone - George Henry Swallow Jr. T. SGT US Army WWII. [Headstone shows George & his pet seal Hoover.]
CRANBERRY HORN CEMETERY - Harpswell, Cumberland Co., Maine - Located in Cundy's Harbor on Sebascodegan Island aka Great Island. From Cook's Corner intersection, State Rt 24 south 4 miles; left on Cundy's Harbor Rd one
& one-half miles to cemetery, located on both sides of road.
1. William Edwin Swallow
2. Ruth Inez Swallow
3. Ethel Beatrice Swallow
4. Harold Earl Swallow
5. Sarah Lavinia Swallow
6. Bertha Agnes Swallow
7. Mildred Hannah Swallow
8. Emily Salina Swallow
9. Elizabeth Viola Swallow
10. George Henry Swallow, III
THE STORY OF HOOVER
George and Alice Swallow found a small baby seal in Maine in 1971 and, realizing that he was an orphan, they decided to take care of him. The Swallows' brought him home, put him in a bathtub and tried to feed their little friend with ground mackerel. On the first day he didn't want fish but after a while he was eating like a vacuum cleaner, that is why they called him Hoover.
Hoover was soon too big for the bathtub and was moved to a pond behind the house. It was there that, according to Mr. Swallow, he started to imitate the way people talked. When they brought Hoover to the Aquarium he was 4 months old and he was eating more in fish than their budget allowed. George told people here that he thought that the seal could talk but at that time no one at the Aquarium believed it. After a few years however, Hoover talking became more clear and scientists started researching the seal's vocalizing abilities. His heavy Bostonian accent was a mystery until they met the Swallows; Hoover talked just like them.
Hoover soon became famous. He holds the record as the world's most famous seal, having been featured in Reader's Digest, on ABC's Good Morning America, The New Yorker, and on National Public Radio to name a few.
Hoover died of old age in 1985 and left several offspring including Cinder, Beanie, Joey, Spark, Amelia and Trumpet. Some his descendants are still in the Aquarium. For the record, he received his own obituary in the Boston Globe.
Click her for the memorial page for:
Hoover the Talking Seal
Created by: Star Rhodes
Record added: Feb 03, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17792498