George Reed Balentine, age 83, passed away on Thursday, July 1, 2021 in Cheshire, CT. George was born on March 18, 1938 in Canonsburg, PA to the late William McConnell and Jane Patterson Balentine. He was a graduate of Canonsburg High School (’56), Muskingum College (BS ’60), and Edinboro State College (Master of Education ’66). He also did post-graduate work at the University of California, Irvine. George used this knowledge to teach science to middle-school students for 40 years, first in Mentor, OH and then in Garden Grove, CA where he organized an annual whale-watching boat trip for the students. He retired to Cheshire, CT in 2000 to be closer to his brother and sister in-law (William and Beatrice Balentine, both deceased).
He is survived by his niece, Rebecca Balentine, and her husband, Michael Ferrari; great-niece Sarah Ferrari Keel and her husband Cyrus Keel; and great-great nephew, Cashius Keel. George enjoyed exploring CT by car, bike and walking, using Elim Park as his home base for 15 years. The family would like to express their gratitude to the Elim Park staff for the wonderful care and support they have provided to George over the years. Services will be held graveside at 11:00 am on July 7th at Kings Highway Cemetery, Milford, CT.
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