George “Buddy” L. Elston Jr.
TYNGSBOROUGH – George “Buddy” L. Elston, Jr., age 74, a resident of Tyngsborough, passed away on Friday, July 16, 2021, at Lowell General Hospital, with his family by his side. He was the beloved husband of Lorraine P. (Ralls) Elston, with whom he had been married to for 51 years.
Born in Lowell, on May 15, 1947, he was a son of the late George L. and Helen M. (McLaughlin) Elston, Sr.
Buddy was educated in the Lowell school system and was a graduate of Lowell High School class of 1965. He later continued his education at Merrimack College earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran having served during the Vietnam War from 1967 until his honorable discharge in 1968. He served as a radarman 3rd class on the USN destroyer USS Hawkins (DD-837).
Buddy was a third generation Master Plumber and the owner and operator of Elston Plumbing and Heating, a family business where he started working side-by-side with his father over 60 years ago. His son Jay, a fourth generation Master Plumber, will continue to operate the business.
In his younger years, Buddy enjoyed bicycling, racquetball, flea markets, visiting the ocean, and working with model trains. In more recent years, what he enjoyed most was the time he spent with his grandchildren. He cherished every moment with them and always looked forward to breakfast with them on the weekends, taking them to Maine, and watching them play sports.
Surviving him in addition to his loving wife Lorraine, are three children, George “Jay” L. Elston III and his partner Meredith Gregory, Tracy McLarney and her husband Robert of Lowell, and Amy Pozerski and her husband Scott of Tyngsborough; seven grandchildren, Jacob Holmes, Emily Elston, Grace McLarney, Tim McLarney, Kayla Pozerski, Connor McLarney, and Brianna Pozerski; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Patricia and Al Giguere of Dracut and Deborah Elston and her partner Andy Szava-Kovats of Lowell; a brother, Christopher Elston and his partner Tricia Costanzo of Merrimack, NH; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Annmarie and Jim Tsitsipas of Lowell, Rose and Gerry Haffner of Clinton, MA, Ronald and Barbara Ralls of Dracut and the late Michael Ralls; he is also survived by several nieces, nephews and dear friends.
Relatives and friends will be received at the TYNGSBOROUGH FUNERAL HOME, 4 Cassaway Dr., Tyngsborough on Friday, July 23, from 4 to 8 p.m. His Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday, July 24, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Magdalen Parish, 95 Lakeview Ave., Tyngsborough. Graveside services with military honors will follow at St. Mary Cemetery, Tewksbury. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Lowell General Cancer Center, Philanthropy Dept., 295 Varnum Ave., Lowell, MA 01854.
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