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George A. Hulbert

George A. “Al” Hulbert, 82, of Town Farm Road, Ipswich, husband of Helen I. (Ross) Hulbert, died Saturday April 12, 2008 in the Beverly Hospital following his sudden illness.

Born in Ipswich January 7, 1926 son of the late Walter H. and Gladys (May) Hulbert, was raised in Ipswich and was a 1944 graduate of Ipswich public schools.

During World War II he served in the Navy as aerial photographer. Following his honorable discharge he returned to Ipswich and for the next eight years he was employed as a brakeman with the Boston & Maine Railroad. For the next eighteen years he served as a fireman with Ipswich Fire Department. He retired in 1977 and relocated to Punta Gorda, FL.

In the late 1940’s Mr. Hulbert raced stock cars at the West Peabody Speedway under the name of “Al May.”  He was an avid NASCAR race fan, enjoyed collecting antique autos and loved boating and fishing in the local waters. He was a member of American Legion Post #80 of Ipswich and was a former member of John T. Heard Masonic Lodge AF&AM in Ipswich.

In addition to his wife of fifty-four years he is survived by a son, Chuck Hulbert and his wife Marlene of Ipswich; a daughter, Sally Arledge and her husband Doug of Cape Coral, FL; four grandchildren, Wesley Pierce of Salem and  Samantha, Cody and Jaclcyn Hulbert; a sister Elizabeth Hulbert and a nephew Doug Hulbert  all of Ipswich.  He was the father of the late Susan Hulbert formerly of Ipswich.

His funeral service with Naval Honors will be held 11 am Friday April 18 graveside in the Cowles Memorial Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Thursday 6 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, 6 High St., Ipswich.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.


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