George Tilton, 23, of Dover, formerly of Exeter, died on November 24. He had bravely struggled with severe depression for many years and could no longer continue his fight. He was born in Teaneck, New Jersey and lived in Exeter from the age of 3. He attended the Cornerstone School and Great Bay Charter School. He was selected as the graduating senior to receive the Faith and Service Award from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, in recognition of his contributions to his church and community. George received his Associate’s degree from The Thompson School at UNH, majoring in nutrition and dietetics. While at UNH, he was very involved as a student advocate with Active Minds. He was pursuing his goal of earning a degree in Social Work at the time of his death. George loved his job at Crossroads House in Portsmouth. He often expressed his deep respect and empathy for the residents. He wanted nothing so much as to help people and felt he had found his purpose in his work there.
George is survived by his mother, Margaret Tilton and his step-father Robert Leatherbee, his sister Grace Singh and her husband Sanjeev of Grimes, Iowa, his sister Alice Tilton and her husband Adam Johnson of Dorchester, Massachusetts, step-sister Kristen Leroy, her husband Tim and their daughter Linley of Groton, Massachusetts and by his step-brother Daniel Leatherbee, his wife Kaitlin and daughter Nora of Winter Garden, Florida. He leaves his aunts and uncles Ralph Clover, Winifred Stopps, Thomas Clover, Elizabeth Tilton-Wahlert, Michael Wahlert, and Theodora Tilton. He leaves his cousins Justin, Katy, Nicholas, Matthew, Jack and Michael. He often commented on how much he appreciated the kindness and affection he received from the extended Leatherbee family.
He was predeceased by his father George Henry Tilton IV, who died when George was a baby, by his infant sister Molly, by his aunt Kathleen, and by his beloved grandparents George and Jeanne Tilton and Ralph and Dorothy Clover.
George was a gifted cook and baker who loved to delight his family and friends, and sometimes the local fire department, with his creations. He was passionate about video games, satirical humor, podcasts, and a wide range of music from Baroque to thrash metal. He cast a wide net, finding inspiration in movements and leaders from around the world, especially his hero, Ahmad Shah Massoud. He was proud of his rigorous adherence to the ‘Straight edge’ philosophy, whose followers abstain from alcohol, tobacco, and recreational drugs.
Visitation will be at 1:00, followed by a funeral service at 1:30 on Saturday, December 2nd at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Newington, NH.
In lieu of flowers, donations in George’s memory may be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Seacoast Chapter. His heartbroken family asks that you offer words of love and acceptance to anyone you know who suffers with mental illness.