MANCHESTER, NH – George S. Naum, 88, of Manchester, died July 16, 2016 at Community Hospice House in Merrimack, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Manchester, on December 21, 1927, to Hercules and Evanthia (Stevens) Naum. He was raised in Manchester, graduated from West High School in 1945, and was a lifelong resident of the area.
George was drafted into the US Army in 1946, serving two tours: in both WWII and the Korean War. It was in the Army that he became a photographer. He studied photography at Camp Polk, LA, the Army’s Signal Photo Center (once a Paramount Photo Studio) in Astonia, NY, and in New Haven, CT. Before leaving the Army in 1951, George was chosen to provide the photo pools, during peace talks in Kaesong, North Korea, which were given to wire services and sent all over the world. Those photos were published in Time, Life, Newsweek and Associated Press.
In addition to photography, George made model airplanes within the Army, which were used as government spotters. When George returned to Manchester, he became a photographer with The New Hampshire Union Leader. He spent 45 years recording the history and events of the general news and sporting events through the eye of his camera.
George was a member of Sweeney Post, the American Legion, VFW, and Korean Veterans Group of NH. He was a longtime volunteer at Manchester City Hall and the Historical Society, from which he received the Historical Prevention Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. He was an active alumni member of West High School, in the Athletic Hall of Fame and had been honored by various ball teams in many states.
Aside from his passion of photography, George was an avid fly fisherman, skier and golfer and had been a caddy for many years. He also enjoyed woodworking and fixing things. George will be remembered as a respected photographer and colleague, and a phenomenal friend. Above all he was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother.
He was predeceased by his loving wife of 50 years, Sadie (Loughlin) Naum, in 2000; his parents and his longtime companion, Helen M. Hogan in May of this year.
The family includes two daughters, Pamela Naum of Manchester, and Patricia Ryan and her husband John, of New Boston; one son, Kevin Naum and his wife Cynthia, of Manchester; four grandchildren, Randy and Richard Naum of Manchester, Melissa Soucy and her husband Kevin, of New Boston, and Christine Golden and her husband Eric, of Cambridge, MA; two great grandchild, Samantha Strausbaugh of New Boston and Wyatt Golden of Cambridge, MA; and two sisters, Effie and Julia Naum, both of Manchester.
SERVICES: Calling hours are Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, 1799 Elm St., corner of North St., Manchester. The funeral service will be private. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bedford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Community Hospice House, 210 Naticook Rd., Merrimack, NH 03054.