George Melvin Cleaves, Jr. ’34 died on February 17, 2004, in Bar Harbor.
George Melvin Cleaves, Jr. ’34 died on February 17, 2004, in Bar Harbor. Born there on July 3, 1911, he prepared for college at Bar Harbor High School and became a member of Zeta Psi Fraternity at Bowdoin, which he attended from 1930 to 1932. He was a general clerk in Bar Harbor from 1932 to 1938, when he became a cashier with Childs Corporation in New York City. He was bank clerk in Philadelphia, PA, for nearly two years before serving in the U.S. Army during World War II from 1942 to 1945, attaining the rank of technician fifth grade. After the war, he worked in Bar Harbor stores for some years and then became a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service. He was treasurer and collector of taxes for Bar Harbor from 1946 to 1948, was for many years a vestryman and lay reader at St. Saviour’s Church in Bar Harbor, served as a director of the Bar Harbor Loan and Building Association, was a past commander of the local American Legion post, and was a treasurer of the Episcopal Churchmen of Maine. He was married in 1946 to Ruth Hartin, who died in 1986, and is survived by a son, David F. Cleaves of Bar Harbor; and a daughter, Sarah C. Cleaves of Bar Harbor.