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George Bushika, 87

CHESHIRE, Mass. —  

George Bushika, beloved husband, father and grandpy, died Easter Sunday, March 31, after a short illness, with his loving family by his side.

The son of George and Grace Bushika, he was born in North Adams and grew up in Cheshire. He graduated from Adams Memorial High School, where he played basketball and served as president of his junior class. During high school and college, he worked part time at the family business, Bushika Sand and Gravel in Cheshire, and served his country as a member of the Army National Guard. George earned his bachelor and masters degrees from North Adams State College (now MCLA), where he met his wife, Joan. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on June 29, 2023.

After graduation, George entered the teaching profession. He was a much loved teacher at Lee Central School for 30 years, retiring in 1998. After his retirement from teaching, he took a part time job as a school bus driver with Dufour Bus Company. He never tired at the beautiful Vermont scenery on his route from McCann Tech to Readsboro each day. He retired from Dufour after 15 years of service.

Goerge was an avid runner for many years and was a long time member of the Northern Berkshire Running Club. He also volunteered along with his wife at the Adams Aggie Fair. He enjoyed reading and writing poetry, painting and hiking, and especially being with his family.

He leaves his beloved wife and best friend, Joan (Maynard) Bushika and two loving sons, Mark Bushika of Adams and Eric Bushika of Cheshire. He also leaves two grandchildren, Cash and Ava, and his two sisters Claire Wohrle of Adams, and Mary Woolley of Cheshire, his aunt Joan Cellana and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Besides his parents, he was predeceased by an infant son, Dean Patrick, his brother, Barry and his brother in-law, Werner Wohrle.

George was a kind, good and humble man. He loved a good cup of coffee, the poetry of Robert Frost, country music, and Sunday afternoon drives to Stewart’s and he was never without a package of Doublemint gum within arms length, no matter where he was.

He was a beautiful person who will be forever missed by those who loved him.

Funeral Notice: Calling hours will be held, Monday, April 8, 2024 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Cheshire. A Liturgy of Christian Burial will follow at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in his name to Cheshire Fire Department in care of Dery-Cheshire Funeral Home, P.O. Box 446, Cheshire, MA 01225.


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Sorry to hear of George's passing.
from: Anne Gagnonon: 04-08-2024

Joan and family, we were so sorry to hear of George's passing. We enjoyed working with him at Dufour Bus Co. He was such a great guy. He will be missed by all who knew him. We always enjoyed visiting with him. Our thoughts are with you at this time.

from: Don and Autumn Mastroiannion: 04-06-2024

I worked with George at Dufour and he was the nicest man I have ever known. He always had a smile for everyone and we were always happy to have him around.
from: Lee Jetteon: 04-05-2024

I'm so sorry to read about George's passing. Thinking of you all.
from: Jill Campedellion: 04-04-2024

So sorry for family with this loss.
from: Susan Bushikaon: 04-04-2024

What a wonderful human being and honor to his family. Mary and Claire, I am saddened by the news of your beloved brother’s passing. You all are in my prayers.
Joan Guercio Moore
from: Joan (Guercio)Mooreon: 04-04-2024

I know that George is looking down on us. I totally loved to see him in our transfer station.. he always had a great smile and a great story for me. I extend my deepest sympathy and love for you.
from: gene pierceon: 04-04-2024

I am so sorry for your loss.
from: Tim Bushikaon: 04-03-2024

Dear Bushika family and friends, Well, I didn’t know George; although it’s likely I may have met him once but I’m not sure. I am good friends with his sister, Mary Woolley, and the family of course is known all over Cheshire because of their very important and long running family business in the sand and gravel company that was so helpful in providing the necessary materials for much of the construction, especially the foundations under our homes, the floors in our garages and many cases concrete driveways. In addition to that, a numerable, tons of sand were likely purchased by the town in the state when mixed with salt, kept us safe on the highways and the streets in our neighborhood. It’s nice that we were able to support a family business and every member the family pitched in according to stories that Mary has told me so you all have reason to be proud of the family and of course this loss in particular. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Dick Scholz,
from: E. Richard Scholzon: 04-03-2024

So sad to hear of George's passing. Our thoughts are with you. Spent many years with George- at the sand bed throwing stones off the screen - playing inter classroom basketball every year at Adams High School - playing basketball on local teams [Adams Turners, National Guard Rangers and Cheshire Home Club.]- polish pitch and canasta anywhere we could find an empty table - best man at our wedding.
from: Charlie and Amy Leitchon: 04-03-2024

Joan and Family, Claire and Mary, I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
from: Irene Lestageon: 04-03-2024

I'm sorry for your loss.Thoughts and prayers for you.
from: Tina (Bushika) Hollandon: 04-03-2024

On behalf of our extended family, please except our condolences on your loss. As part of walker family, i can remember many a day spen5 with aunt gracie and uncle george. Our paths have led us down many roads but our family has always been our roots. Sending condences and prayers out toMary ,Claireand entire family
Uncle clarences family, nancy chris debra and danwalker .may his memory hold dear to your hearts
from: Nancy walkeron: 04-03-2024

Joan, I was so sorry to hear about George’s death. I used to see you both out to eat all of the time and he was always so gracious to me as we talked. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
from: Karen Koehleron: 04-03-2024

Sending my condolences to your family. I am sad to hear of your loss. May your memories be a source of peace.
from: Barbara Tooleyon: 04-03-2024

I am very sorry for your loss.
Jennie Pierce
from: Jennie Pierceon: 04-03-2024

mark and family, i am very sorry for your loss. j pero
from: john peroon: 04-03-2024

My deepest condolences Joan and Mara.
from: Jackie Danielson: 04-02-2024

I am so sorry for your loss. Mr. Bushika was my 4th grade teacher at the South Lee Fire Station. He was a kind and understanding teacher and a great influence on my life.
He was my favorite teacher. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
from: Bambi Johndrow on: 04-02-2024

The Bushika Family,
I was saddened to read of George's passing. He and Joan were valued members of the Adams Agricultural Fair "family". Having met them as Fair volunteers, I was soon made aware of their kindness and humility. They were a team ! Always working together to make "things" better. I found both George and Joan very likable and interesting. To this day, I consider them friends. Please accept my sincere condolence. My thoughts and prayers are with you . Rest in peace. George.
from: Joseph Nowakon: 04-02-2024

I’m so sorry for your loss. Always loved chatting with George whenever we crossed paths. May you find comfort knowing you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love to all of you.
from: Joni Bushika Dunnon: 04-02-2024

Aunt Joan, Mar and Eric, Uncle George always made time for his family. Would always help you if he could. Very kind hearted man. I will miss him.
Love you guys,
from: Vince Woolleyon: 04-02-2024

I'm so sorry for your loss George was such a wonderful and kind man
from: Sue perrason: 04-02-2024

My deepest sympathy and prayers are with you all. May his memories become your treasures.
Love, Elaine Daniels
from: Elaine Daniels on: 04-02-2024

Bushika family, I am sorry for your loss. George was my bus driver for a few years while attending McCann. I remember him being a kind and good bus driver.
from: Nate Butleron: 04-02-2024

George was a wonderful man. I remember him well from my days at Surgimed as well as my time at Bedard Brothers. My sincere condolences to his lovely wife and family. George was a special man and will be missed
from: Jerilyn Perryon: 04-02-2024