Obituary: George C. Cartwright Jr. of Fairfield

George C. Cartwright, Jr.

George C. Cartwright, Jr.

George C. Cartwright, Jr. died Saturday, January 10, 2015 at his home in Fairfield, CT surrounded by his family.

He was born in Kansas City, Missouri on February 22, 1927 and raised in West Hartford, Connecticut.

He was educated at The Mount Hermon School, William Hall High School, The University of Connecticut, Columbia University, and The University of Pittsburgh. He served his country as a Navy Corpsman in World War II and Korea.

He started his business career as a sales trainee for the Ford Motor Company at a dealership in Meriden, Connecticut. In 1950 he joined the Glens Falls Insurance Company and became a Special Agent, managing the company’s affairs in Tennessee and later was responsible for the Company’s affairs in southwestern Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

In 1958 he was recalled to the Home Office in Glens Falls, NY to prepare the company for its first mainframe computer. He later became Vice President and manager of the Commercial Liability Underwriting Department and was also responsible for the company’s outgoing reinsurance program.

In 1971 he joined General Reinsurance Corporation in New York City and managed the Eastern Department of the Facultative Division. In 1974 he became Executive Vice President and Director of GenAmerica Corporation, the management arm for United States affairs of the Generali Group of Trieste and Rome, Italy.

In 1977 he joined North American Reinsurance Corporation/Swiss Reinsurance Corporation, where he was Chief Underwriting Officer, Account Executive and became Senior Vice President. He was instrumental in the founding, organization and operation of Western Atlantic Reinsurance Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the parent company where he was Executive Vice President and Director. He retired in 1993 and became a consultant with Towers Perrin Reinsurance for a year.

He was a Director of the Fortress Insurance Company of Chicago and the Connecticut Audubon Society where he was Board Secretary. He was active in The Council of Churches, serving on the YES Committee and St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church where he worshiped for many years and served as a Vestryman, Warden, and Property Manager.

He leaves Nan, his beloved wife of 64 years; a daughter, Eve, and her husband Frederick Church of Chatham, Massachusetts; three sons and their families: David and Ellen of Old Lyme, Connecticut; Andrew and Patricia of Ridgefield, Connecticut – parents of Stephen, Emily, Madeline, and Grace; John of Fairfield, Connecticut; and eleven grandchildren.

His younger sister, Nancy Whittier of Cotuit, Massachusetts, predeceased him in 2013.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 4670 Congress Street, Fairfield, Connecticut 06824, or The Connecticut Audubon Society Statewide Offices, 2325 Burr Street, Fairfield, Connecticut, 06824, or The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport, 180 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport Connecticut 06604.

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