September 14, 1923 ~ October 27, 2020

Born in: New Haven, Connecticut
Resided in: Hamden, Connecticut

George A. Meinsen, age 97, a lifelong resident of Hamden, passed away on October 27, 2020. Born in New Haven on September 14, 1923, he was a son of the late George H. Meinsen & Anna Bortniak Meinsen. George was predeceased by his wife Rosemarie “Bo” Corbett Meinsen; his daughter Mary Meinsen; and his brothers, L. Robert & Lawrence H. Meinsen. He is survived by his daughters, Cynthia M. Considine of West Hartford, Sandra Meinsen Harreys of Essex, Kristen M. (Michael) Dorsey of Freeport, ME, and Karlen Meinsen (Jay Kaye) of Hamden; his son Kurt Corbett Meinsen (Lesley Hatch) of Fairfax, VA; 13 grandchildren and 2 great-grandsons. George was a graduate of Yale School of Engineering; he was employed many years by the Armstrong Rubber Company. He was a WWII U.S. Army Air Corps Veteran, serving with the 6th Aircraft Repair Unit. George was a member of the American Legion Post #88, the Lancraft Fife & Drum Corps, and a long-time member of Grace & St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. George’s family would like to thank the Smilow Cancer Hospital for all their care and support in his time of need.
Friends may visit with his family on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. (Masks & Social Distancing requested) His Funeral Service at Grace & St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Hamden will be private. Burial with Military Honors will follow at Centerville Cemetery. Contributions in George’s memory may be made to CT Special Olympics at:


Visitation: October 31, 2020 8:30 - 9:30 am

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


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  1. George was a delightful and intelligent man who made my transition into the Lancraft organization so many years ago so very pleasant. For a short time we worked together on the corps’ historical records and his dedication to their preservation was admirable.
    George had a quick wit and sparkling smile that will be sorely missed.

  2. Georgie Porgie,
    As you told me many times – only your mother and I called you that. One of the first people I met when St. Peter’s merged with Grace Church. I love history and you always filled me in on the history of Grace Church, a place that you and I both love, and the history of Centerville and my neighborhood, another place that you and I both love. We both worked on many projects at Grace and St. Peter’s Church. You always submitted notes on yellow legal pad paper written in pencil ! Everything perfectly detailed. And, every number rounded out. Always the perfect gentleman and so very proud of your beautiful family. I am missing you very much! And, as you requested, I will play your favorite hymn, Onward Christian Soldiers. Much love, Hollie

  3. Jim Laske,
    George Meinsen was a very good friend and Lancraft Fife and Drum Corps member. He was a very good fifer and was a great Historian. He will be dearly missed by many.
    Jim and Tootsie Laske

  4. Back in 2000 when I joined Lancraft, George Meinsen invited me to stay at his home when I drove in from Ohio for corps practice and events. His hospitality and friendship was a major reason for my continued activity with the corps. His generous hospitality extended to Glenn McCausland, my friend and fellow snare drummer from Pennsylvania. Among many subjects, George shared his WW II story with us over many days together. I admired him for many reasons, he will be missed.

  5. I worked for George at the Rockbestos company on Nicoll Street in New Haven as his Administrative Assistant for 9 years. George was a great boss and I got to know George’s wonderful family and his late wife Bo. The highlight of our friendship was one Halloween evening when my friend Barbara (Raccio) Barnhart and I decided to make a visit to his home in North Haven on Underhill Road… we both dressed up as ladies of the night. One of his children opened the door and we asked for “Georgie”. When George came to the door he didn’t recognize either one of us and thought we were his neighbors. We had such good laughs when we revealed ourselves. The last time I saw George was when he invited me to have lunch with him at Atria Larson. We had a lovely visit. I will miss knowing that I can no longer visit him. God rest his soul.

  6. To The Meinsen Family,
    I just learned of your Dad’s passing from Karlen’s FB post…I am so sorry. George was a sweet, kind, witty and generous man…I spent many hours at Underhill Road and on your family vacations-he always welcomed me like one of his own. Unfortunately I’m living in Southern CA, so I cannot visit in the morning-I would give anything to pay my respects and see you all. Sending lots of love and prayers your way….and a bunch toward heaven for your Dad.

    • Patty!!!! I’ve been wondering what happened to you… email me with some contact information,
      so we can catch up. So glad to hear from you; and yes, he adored adding you to the brood … how much more trouble could one more Irish girl be? XO Kristen

  7. Have very fond memories of George and our friendship over the years. George was a trustful friend, like a family member. His attention to detail and memory was amazing. Seems like he kept notes of every conversation and Lancraft activity.

    A good a loyal friend indeed.

    Jack Tencza

  8. When Carol and I joined Lancraft in 2000, George was Its President. He made us feel so special and welcome. He was solid in his devotion to Lancraft and to the Ancient Music. He was very sensitive to the needs of the community and of Lancraft members. His enthusiasm was Contagious. He will be missed.
    Rest In Peace dear friend. Love MATT and Carol Flynn.

  9. To the Meinsen Family.
    Sorry to hear of George’s passing,,
    I worked for George at Rockbestos. He hired me as my first real job out of college. As a UCONN graduate we often talked during the football season of the Yale/UConn games. After quite a few years, I did spot your dad at a ceremony at Woodland HS in Beacon Falls in the Drum line of the Mattatuck Fife & Drum. He was having such a great time beating out the tune. Living in Ansonia we later talked of Alex Thomas a running back for Yale from Ansonia. Your dad loved going to the bowl and his love of Yale Sports. He was also very enthusiastic of the wire & cable machinery and the products we produced at The Rock coming to an open house in East Granby.

    A Great Mentor and Friend, whom I sadly miss,

    Danny Mainstruck
    Ansonia, Conn

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