Odlum, George Brendan

Odlum, GeorgeGeorge Brendan Odlum Jr., born on November 16, 1939 in Hartford, died peacefully at his home in West Simsbury surrounded by his family, on November 26, 2015.

George was married to his beloved Harriet (Davenport) for 51 years. A devoted parent to George and Jennifer Odlum of Red Hook, NY, Geoffrey and Jennifer Odlum of Arlington, Virginia, and Jessica Odlum of Simsbury, he left seven grandchildren, Geoffrey, Patrick, Thomas, Chapman and Molly Odlum, and James and John Rhodes, all of whom adored their Empy. The oldest child of Doreen and George Odlum, who predeceased him, he is survived by five siblings, Brian Odlum, Brenda Dailey, Jerome Odlum, Judy Pomeroy, Michael Odlum, and their spouses and children. He also is survived by his treasured Irish and St. Lucian Odlum relatives, including his fifth cousin Stephen Odlum and his wife, Julie Davenport of Dublin, Ireland.

A graduate of Loomis School, Trinity College and Tufts Dental School, George served in the US Army in Alaska for three years. In 1968 he established a dental practice in Simsbury, retiring in 2007. He was very active in local affairs including the Chamber of Commerce, the Health and Welfare Commission, and the Beautification Committee. He served on the Board of Directors of the Village Water Company and more recently the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association. George was a founder of The Simsbury Bank, and served on its Board of Directors for more than 20 years. He retired from the bank board this month after a gala evening celebrating his years of service, much of the time as head of the Audit Committee.

George’s family and many friends will remember him for his creative imagination, his delightful sense of humor, and his jovial whistling. In his youth George created and made himself Emperor of Eistlisia, an imaginary kingdom with maps, territories, and its own currency. Eistlisia remains a significant part of family culture, with his grandchildren joining their Empy in an annual heraldic parade carrying the flag, their Eistlisian shields and lances. George never lost his whimsical nature, his youthful spirit, or his gentle kindness.

Friends and family may call at The Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main St., Rt. 4, Unionville on Monday, November 30, 2015 from 6:30-8:30pm A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, December 1 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Catherine of Sienna Church in West Simsbury.In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association, 8 Old Mill Lane, Simsbury, CT 06070 which made his last days comfortable and peaceful, or to a charity of the donors’ choice.

Calling Hours

Monday, November 30, 2015 from 6:30-8:30pm

Funeral Service

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 11:00am in St. Catherine of Sienna Church - West Simsbury


Memorial Contribution

Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association, 8 Old Mill Lane, Simsbury, CT 06070

3 Responses to 'Odlum, George Brendan'

  1. Terry Turley says:

    Dear Harriet &family, Was sad to hear of George’s death. I always enjoy seeing and talking with him. George was
    a kind friendly person, I am sure he will be missed by many.
    Take of you selves and know people are praying for you all.

  2. Lori Nutting says:

    Dear Harriet,
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Mom often spoke about you both, and how you were such wonderful friends to her.
    With much love,
    Lori Nutting (Winnie’s daughter)

  3. Johanna Audolensky -Granby, CT says:

    I was so lucky to have Dr. George as my dentist for so many years. He was so patient and thorough and willing to explain what procedure he was doing. I missed him when he retired but continued with Dr. Gerome until he too retired. Dr. George was a very special person and much loved by his patients. Johanna Audolensky

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