ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, George Carter IV, 66 years old, born on February 17, 1955, and passed away on April 18, 2021. We will remember him forever.
INFORMATION ON MEMORIAL SERVICE:
Due to COVID regulations, this service will be private and limited to family only:
  • Date:  May 1, 2021 at 10:30 am
  • Location:  Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home
  • 40 MacArthur Blvd, Bourne, MA 02532
  • (508) 759-3511
  • Final burial: Agawam Cemetery, Wareham, MA
  • Donations to City of Hope (cityofhope.org) in memory of George Henry Carter IV, or your preferred cancer charity, is appreciated in lieu of flowers
NOTE:  Please read the "Celebration of George's Life" under the "LIFE" tab.  Also, please feel free to leave your own memories, stories or condolences for the family by going to the "STORIES" tab and writing your message there, and/or leaving a Tribute below by lighting a candle, laying a flower or leaving a short note.  We would love to hear from you! 

We love you and miss you dearly, George, everyday now and forever.

Posted by Patricia Matthews on May 2, 2021
Dear George:
Though I did not know you as well as some of the others in your life, you must have been a special friend to one who is very dear to me. . .as I have never witnessed one of such devotion as she was to you.

As intimated so eloquently in "Funeral Blues" by W.H. Auden:
For someone, every moment of every day, the world is transformed; but to everyone else, nothing changes.

Specifically, the first and second stanza of Auden's poem stand as such:

"Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves".
W H Auden
Posted by Amy Busch on May 1, 2021
George,
You were always there for our Busch family,  You will be missed. 
Posted by Cheryl Brown on April 30, 2021
I will remember George for his quiet grace, wonderful sense of humor and love of horses. I always enjoyed our conversations and his innate kindness and his gentle way of making you feel comfortable in his presence.

George you will be missed.
Posted by Rachael Siebens on April 30, 2021
George,

I remember when you and Karen were partners at TNT Marketing and hired me as Sr. Graphic Designer back in 1998. I learned so much from you there and how much of a positive, caring, loving, and fun person you were. Thank you for believing in me. I am honored and blessed to have shared so many wonderful memories with you (and Valentine too!). Even though you departed from us all too soon, you are still alive in my heart, and through me, you live on my dear friend! You will truly be missed but never forgotten. Until we meet again. <3
Posted by david hardy on April 30, 2021
I am also a neighbor of George’s- We initially bonded because we both had parrots- The seven years of friendship was full of bird walks,dinners,various visits and of course the Thursday happy hour down at the pool! He was such a special person exuding kindness,intelligence and dry sense of humor! I know now he is pain free and either on his horse or playing tennis!! We sorely miss you George!!!
Posted by Betty King on April 30, 2021
George, my dearest neighbor for over 12 years, I miss him so much! He always had a smile and a cheerful word and was the instigator to a lot of fun times that all of our neighbors had with George. He would always Call with a new idea of something fun to do or just go have a mai tai, he was pretty famous for that. He was my dearest friend and I loved him and miss him so much, I know he’s in a better place and he’s riding his horse through the beautiful Valleys
Posted by Kurt Busch on April 30, 2021
George was taken from us far too soon, and we all will always miss his wit and enthusiasm. He was a true friend to my sister and my father, and I am so grateful for that. He will not be forgotten.
Posted by Barbara Klein on April 27, 2021
We were introduced several years ago by our daughters godparents, Darrel and Karen. Both you and my daughter shared the love for horses and you even took the time to come to one or her horse shows. You were so very thoughtful and left such an impression on her.. on all of us. Your kind and gentle soul will be sorely missed. We will remember you always✨
Posted by Liz Angulo on April 26, 2021
George you left a lasting mark on everyone. You always had a sweet smile to share. It was a joy to see you at every gathering at Prince's and Karen's. You are at a better place and we were all blessed to know you. Harrold and Liz
Posted by Rhonda Leggitt on April 26, 2021
George,

I was so blessed to get to know you the last 6 weeks of your life! You were such a fighter.
I loved hearing about your amazing life stories and laughing endlessly. They say I lifted your spirits but what I know for sure is that you lifted mine.
Through the experience I had the pleasure to meet your sweet Mother and spend time with your sister Barbara. As for your very very best friend Karen.... let’s just say my life has been blessed knowing them.
Thank You George ~
Posted by DOREEN BELLINI on April 25, 2021
Some Comforting Words for All:
Death: Takes the Body
God: Takes the Soul
Our Minds: Hold the Memories
Our Hearts: Keep the Love
Our Faith: Let's Us Know We will Meet Again.
Posted by DOREEN BELLINI on April 25, 2021
George,
We only met a few years ago at the dinner and holiday parties at Darrel and Karen's home which was after your diagnosis. I was always amazed and impressed with your calm, gentle soul and positive attitude despite your struggle. You behaved as if nothing was wrong which allowed you to live your life the way you wanted. I admire your inner strength, courage and grace as you dealt with the reality of your life. You have been a wonderful teacher for us all. Thank you George. Rest... in peace. 
Posted by Fred Busch on April 25, 2021
We were friends for many years, George, and I will miss you. You were the only one that I could count on to sit and talk with me at family gatherings. We talked about a lot of things, sports teams, horses, cars and in later years, the benefits of various vitamins, minerals, laxatives and anti-acids. You were a great conversationalist and I really have fond memories of the weeks we spent at Imperial Beach marketing beachfront condominiums. We were so close to the border that many of our prospects spoke only Spanish so in desperation we bought an English/ Spanish dictionary to bridge the gap. I am remembering the day we spent all afternoon learning the different ways to say good by in Spanish. There are adios and hasta la vista but today I will go with your favorite expression. Vaya con Dios, George. Go with God.
Posted by Bill Kayser on April 25, 2021
I can look back and remember years ago to the good times when our family would visit the Carter family,the kindness and generosity shown toward all of us kids, as well as spending time with George there and on P.E.I.. He always had time for his little pain in the neck younger cousin.
It must have been near 37 or 38 years since I had seen him last and happy to see him when he came to my mothers memorial a few years ago.
Funny how those years melted away,it seemed like yesterday was the last time we saw each other,it was great to see him.
So sorry for his passing and his family's great loss.
God Bless You and Rest in Peace George
Posted by Kathryn Busch on April 25, 2021
George,
Fairy Tales
It seems wherever I go , people come into my life and go out of it
touching me where I can feel , then leaving me only a memory
like the Gossamer fairytales of children easily forgotten.
And I wasn’t through knowing them.
How do I know when I’m seeing you for the last time ?
How do you halt your life to gather and keep all those around you that you’ve ever known?
and how do you keep fairytales from losing their magic?
So come ...brush against the walls of my life and stay long enough for us to know each other
even though we”ll have to part some time. And we both know the longer you stay,
the more I’ll want you back when you’re gone.
But come anyway...
for fairytales are the happiest stories we know and great books are made up of little chapters.

To a friend with whom we shared many happy chapters
Posted by Shirley MacLean Carter Th... on April 24, 2021
Just want to say thank you for teaching me more about life than anyone I have ever known. You never openly complained, always smiled, kept moving and enjoying all the things most of us take for granted. I know that my life has been enriched by your presence and will be forever grateful of our 30 years as friends. Watching you, I've learned to be grateful of the little things that make us happy and how they should never be taken for granted. Soon, time will run out for all of us and when my time is near, I pray to have the strength and courage you displayed till the end. Farewell my friend!

Darrel
Posted by Penny Bly on April 24, 2021

George was my neighbor. He was what I called, "the outing organizer". He planned many memorable outings for many of us in the community. He had a passion for life and passed it on to others. Thanks for the memories, George. You will be missed. May you rest in paradise, but knowing you, you are probably organizing outings for those on the other side.
Posted by Martin Buncher on April 24, 2021
I first met George as a client for my research services when he worked at a bank with Karen. He soon became a close friend as we shared the love of animals and adventure. We both knew that in a jam either one of us could call on the other and receive the help we needed. We often rode together, visited each other when he was not living at my home, played with our Cockatoos, and shared innermost thoughts. We never once had a misunderstanding. We shared the mutual feeling that families were a primary value. He was deeply attached to my mother who passed two years ago at the age of 104, and greatly valued the opportunity for leaving his California home to go back to his first home back east with his relatives for holidays and special occasions. In my years I have had few friends that were as true and reliable as George. His illness did nothing to change his character and desire to make the best out of whatever came his way in life. I will remember him with the love of a brother, as a bright, sensitive, strong-willed and able companion who brought a lot of happy days and memorable moments into my life.
Posted by Carol Chiarelli on April 24, 2021
George was such a wonderful person! I spent many weekends hanging out with him, Karen & Kathryn. We had so much fun. He was the only guy I knew that wore t-shirts & shorts in feeziing weather. When I asked him if he was cold he said "This is nothing. I'm from Massachusetts!" Rest in peace , kind soul. You will be missed by a lot of people!
Posted by Marge Buckley on April 24, 2021
George was an amazing man. I met George in 2018 when we went on a cruise to Greece. He was on his walker, but that never stopped him. He always had a smile on his face and ready to do anything. I will miss that smile. Rest in Peace George
Posted by JoAnn and Mike Wroblewski on April 23, 2021
George was such a sweetheart.  It seemed no matter what he was going through, he always had that great smile going… and that twinkle in his eyes. We had some wonderful times together and will hold onto those memories. Thanks for those memories, George. We know you are in a better place now and at peace. You will be missed. Rest in peace dear friend. We love ya.... Mike and JoAnn
Posted by Lloyd Trilling on April 23, 2021
George, your laughter and spirit will forever be missed. I wish to leave these last words for you. I think you would have wanted all of us to hear:

When I come to the end of the road and the sun has set for me
I want no rites in a gloom filled room Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little but not for long and not with your head bowed low
Remember the friendship we once shared, Miss me but let me go
For this is a journey we all must take and each must go alone.
It's all part of the master plan, a step on the road to home. When you are lonely and sick at heart go to the friends we know. Laugh at all the things we used to do,
Miss me but let me go
Posted by Jennifer Jenkins on April 23, 2021
My dearest George, one I consider a silent friend, a co-worker and client over 27 years of our lives . You were always kind, honest,encouraging and your loving spirit will always live within my heart.  My deepest condolences to the family and to our mutual friend Karen who loved you unconditionally. When we lose a loved one here on this earth, we gain an Angel in heaven that watches over us. Loved ones, please take comfort in knowing this. George you were a very good man and it was an honor knowing you. I pray to meet you again on the other side, healthy and happy. Much love my friend. 
Posted by Nina Wright on April 23, 2021
Thank you George for your great smile, warm "Hello" and positive outlook. You will be missed and remembered.
Posted by Anne Weiss on April 22, 2021
Goin’ home to an old familiar place-reminds me of all the trails we once raced: the ol’ railroad bed on Araby & Sea Horse, neck in neck, all the way ofcourse!
 As the years went by, there was L.A. & UR, awesome adventures, so much in store! People & places to mold us, and the love of the Lord to hold us.
  George, you left us too soon, but your zest for life & for those you loved- vibrant til the very end. But it’s Not the end...you just “got there first”. Probably stopped by the Rainbow Bridge to hop on Will & rode straight on into the arms of Jesus (as you high-fived Dad!!)
  We’ll see you before you know it & again, you can share all the adventures you’ve had...since then.
 Rest In Peace & Power Love you xox ‘cowgirl’
Posted by Shirley MacLean Carter Th... on April 22, 2021
Your beautiful spirit will always be my light and my love, now and forever.

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Posted by Patricia Matthews on May 2, 2021
Dear George:
Though I did not know you as well as some of the others in your life, you must have been a special friend to one who is very dear to me. . .as I have never witnessed one of such devotion as she was to you.

As intimated so eloquently in "Funeral Blues" by W.H. Auden:
For someone, every moment of every day, the world is transformed; but to everyone else, nothing changes.

Specifically, the first and second stanza of Auden's poem stand as such:

"Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves".
W H Auden
Posted by Amy Busch on May 1, 2021
George,
You were always there for our Busch family,  You will be missed. 
Posted by Cheryl Brown on April 30, 2021
I will remember George for his quiet grace, wonderful sense of humor and love of horses. I always enjoyed our conversations and his innate kindness and his gentle way of making you feel comfortable in his presence.

George you will be missed.
his Life

Celebration of George's Life!

George was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, the firstborn (and a boy!) to Shirley MacLean Carter and George Henry Carter III.  He entered the world with a legacy already formed, becoming the IV George Henry Carter in a lineage of pioneering spirits.  He was followed by his sister, Anne, and baby sister, Barbara.  The three of them would remain close friends throughout their lives, with George serving as a very proud and loving Uncle to Anne's three boys and Barbara's two boys and a girl.

George was an adventurous and playful spirit from day one, with a thirst for seeking new trails and charting new territory.  We were an active and athletic family, living in the country riding horses during his early years and then later, at the water's edge actively engaged in the sailing/boating community, and George thrived in these environments.  He wasn't content to ride a horse in ring, or sail leisurely in the bay - he wanted to be out and free, to push the limits on speed, to challenge his abilities, to take risks and feel the rush of adrenaline.  The only broken bone he ever had from an accident, in fact, is when he thought he could be Tarzan and grabbed the limb of a tree as he passed underneath on horseback, only to learn that was not such a good idea and landed with a broken arm! 

Physical coordination came easily to George, and it showed most prominently in his talent playing tennis.  He mastered every surface, earned a wall of trophies and was good enough to have seriously considered becoming pro.  He was also really good at any game requiring hand-to-eye coordination, so was a favorite pick when it came to bar games like darts, billiards, shuffleboard, and the like ... he nearly ALWAYS won, so you wanted him on your team!  George knew how to laugh and play - and while he was competitive and of course liked to win, he enjoyed teaching more and would be even happier if others won by perfecting what he taught them than him winning himself.  His love of teaching would remain with him throughout his entire life and the joy it brought him to help others would be the catalyst that defined his character and drove his choices.

Our family lived in various communities throughout Massachusetts during George's childhood.  He attended a private boarding school - The Lawrence Academy in Groton MA  for High School, graduating in 1973, and then headed to Virginia for college at the University of Richmond, where he earned a B.S.B.A. degree (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration) in 1977.  After graduation, he joined his father's business and worked in advertising and marketing, earning recognition for top sales performance and new client acquisition.  This was no surprise to anyone!  George was most comfortable getting to know people on an individual basis, letting the conversation take its natural course, and earning trust through authenticity.  His favorite days were spent learning the history of a business and its role in the community.  One of his favorite pastimes was sitting at the bar/counter at the local diner, eating breakfast and shooting the breeze with other patrons rather than dining at a table.  He also loved a good New England coffee frap from the local ice cream store, and don't get me started on how much he loved Dunkin Donuts, especially very late at night!

In his late 20's, George couldn't hold back his wanderlust any longer and headed west, landing in San Diego, California, where he would spend the rest of his life.  San Diego offered him all his athletic loves in one place - it boasts one of the largest horse/equestrian communities in the United States, is home to some of the best tennis courts, and has an two beautiful bays for sailing and boating, not to mention miles of sandy beaches and some of the best weather in the nation, meaning George could be active outdoors year-round.  His first job upon arriving was teaching sailing lessons at the yacht club.  He broadened his talents into wind surfing, scuba diving (became certified) and swimming 3 miles nearly everyday.  

He also leveraged what he learned from his Dad about marketing and advertising and landed a job at a financial institution in market research, only to leave there a few years later to start his own company, a west coast version of his Dad's marketing firm.  While completely independent, he was able to leverage the talents and resources of his Dad's company to get started, and the rest was history, as they say.  George's sincere interest in people helped him grow his own business to one of the largest financial institution marketing firms in California, employing a team of graphic designers and writers, and winning a wall full of industry awards.  This commercial success allowed his to invest in his second great love, real estate, and he enjoyed purchasing and managing investment property. 

When he wasn't working, George could be seen riding his horse Will Rogers throughout the community in San Diego.  He and Will Rogers had a very special and unique friendship. Will was a massive and spirited Saddlebred, measuring nearly 17 hands, and loved the adventure of an unchartered trail ride just as much as George did.  The two of them would make history together....  George was the first person ever to ride on horseback from the beach in Del Mar all the way to Cuyamaca State Park (horse camp) = approximately 60 miles (by car) and more by horseback through unchartered mountain terrain of the Cuyamaca and Laguna Mountains.  There are no designated trails, and most of the trip is deserted, with only mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, fox, deer, rabbit, snakes and other critters to call friends.  George said he felt safe on Will's back.  The trip would take 4 days (direct route) and 6 days when he challenged himself to take a tougher route.  George accomplished this feat five times before cancer forced him to surrender his saddle.  The local news took notice, and filmed him riding into horse camp on Will's back, weary, sweaty and tired, but again successful in knowing he could tackle the unchartered and reach the finish line.

George never married - his kids and constant companions were his horse, Will Rogers and his Umbrella Cockatoo, Valentine, along with a plethora of other birds of all sizes and colors, turtles, rabbits, guinea pig and and two adorable Golden Retrievers (Mom and son).  While never married, George did experience the love of a soul mate, of families that made him their son, brother and uncle, and friends who embraced him with the kind of love and support that is God's greatest gift.  He traveled broadly (swam and snorkeled in nearly every Caribbean island), saw the beauty of Europe and the Mediterranean, and drove cross country with his horse trailer and Will Rogers, breathing in the beauty, vastness and colors of the United States, from swimming horseback in the bay in Cape Cod to riding in the deep snow in Yosemite National Park.  One of the most fun activities he and Will enjoyed was serving as a mounted horse patrol volunteer for the park system in San Diego, as well as Search & Rescue.  On Thanksgiving Day, he and Will could be seen riding through the streets of downtown San Diego, passing out blankets and care packages to the homeless.  They also competed together at the prestigious Del Mar Fairgrounds, winning ribbons for expertise in obstacle driving competition and equestrian dexterity.  Always having fun encouraging his pets to socialize, he taught his male retriever to exercise his horse with a lead line and taught his grey-cheeked parkette to stay steady on his shoulder when he played tennis.  His umbrella cockatoo Valentine was the hit of the neighborhood, knowing more than 20 remarkable tricks - she could have had her own TV show!

When cancer struck and finally raised its ugly head, initially hiding in the dark corners, it was too late - he was already Stage 4 and the cancer had metastasized to his bones and was everywhere.  The doctors gave him two years.  He battled and won for nearly 7 years.  Cancer meant early retirement from work, laying down his tennis racket, putting away his saddle, and giving up his flippers, but he substituted those for a determined red walker that he outfitted with a pair of tennis shoes so he could keep on traveling and walking and seeing the world.   For the first several years following diagnosis, he continued his volunteer activity in the RSVP program (retired senior volunteer patrol) but eventually had to put that aside as well.  To the very end, he was still teaching Valentine new tricks, helping her stretch her wings.

George passed peacefully at home on a Sunday (the Lord's day) on April 18, 2021, with his Mom, sister and dearest friend at his side.  He lived life with zest, enthusiasm, honestly, love and appreciation.  His deep faith in God, belief in Jesus Christ, and the promise of everlasting life was on his last breath. I picture him reunited with Will Rogers now, along with his Dad, and the three of them galloping through open fields, feeling the rush of the wind and the sun shining bright.  We will join you soon enough, remembering you and loving you dearly until we are united again.  God Bless and Praise to the Lord, Jesus Christ.  Amen.

NOTE:  Please feel free to leave your own memories, stories or condolences for the family by going to the "STORIES" tab and writing your message there, and/or leaving a Tribute on the main page by lighting a candle, laying a flower or writing a brief note.  We would love to hear from you! 
Recent stories
Shared by Barbara Daignault on May 1, 2021
Love and miss you George.

"I'll have a grande latte "

Shared by Kathryn Busch on May 1, 2021
I just remembered this really funny story....
George would often go into a Starbuck's and order a "grande latte" - when they would ask his name and he'd say "Venti".  It always confused them.  Maybe you had to be there but it was hysterical. :)

TNT Gang

Shared by Rachael Siebens on April 30, 2021
George,
I remember when you and Karen were partners at TNT Marketing and hired me as Sr. Graphic Designer back in 1998. I learned so much from you there and how much of a positive, caring, loving, and fun person you were. Thank you for believing in me. I am honored and blessed to have shared so many wonderful memories with you (and Valentine too!). Even though you departed from us all too soon, you are still alive in my heart, and through me, you live on my dear friend! You will truly be missed but never forgotten. Until we meet again. <3