George Wireman Photos
This is a collection of photos from George Wireman. These were made available through the generosity of his grandson Jeff Brown.
For those who knew George, no introduction is necessary but for all others, he was a truly local boy and a friend to all. George was born here and spent his entire life in Thurmont. He was a participant in or witness to many of the important events of the post-war 1900's. George was a newspaperman, a radio personality and most importantly Thurmont's historian. George's book, 'Gateway to the Mountains' is the go-to resource for much of Thurmont's history. Many people have their own George stories as do I, it was my pleasure and honor to have known him since I first moved to Thurmont. Whenever the opportunity to speak to him would come around he never failed to tell another interesting story about his life or some event or incident he remembered from his life here in Thurmont.
The photos are broken into several albums and represent images that George had taken at events in and around Thurmont. There are some photo sets that have nothing to do with Thurmont but reflect his interests in life. The first two albums feature photos from the Memorial Tribute to George and several of my photos of George.
I hope you enjoy these images and I invite you to check back as I add more.
George Wireman Obituary:
He was the widower of Charlotte R. Wireman whom he shared his life for 38 years.
Born on November 11, 1920, in Thurmont, MD he was the son of George W. Wireman, Sr and Nellie V. Burrier Wireman.
He is survived by three children:P. Christine DiGilarmo of Frederick, MD; N. Carole Brown and husband Paul of Taneytown, MD; Debra L. Knott and husband Larry of Emmitsburg, MD. Eight grandchildren: Brenda D. Wastler and husband Carl of Frederick, MD; Jeffrey P. Brown and wife Cindy of Savannah GA; Anthony D. DiGilarmo and fiancée Tonya of Frederick, MD; Scott C. Brown and wife Addie of York, PA; Marty W. Brown and wife Kristy of Waynesboro, PA; Stephanie C. Brown and husband Richard of Taneytown, MD; Kenneth P. Wolfe and wife Jennifer of Sabillasville, MD; Timothy L. Wolfe and wife Heather of Thurmont, MD.
Mr. Wireman had 15 Great Grandchildren and 4 Great Great Grandchildren.
A son, Gregory L. Wireman, a Granddaughter April Dawn Wolfe, and a son-in-law Dennis R. DiGilarmo preceded him in death.
He graduated from Thurmont High School in 1939.
Prior to his retiring from Moore Business Forms in customer relations, he was employed by Fairchild and Cozy Restaurant. He held a Saturday morning radio show with WTHU that ran for many years and was an editor for Catoctin Enterprise Newspaper until it's closing.
He researched, wrote and published the book "Gateway to the Mountains" in 1969.
He was a judge for Miss Teen USA pageants for which he traveled to many states.
George spent many years after retirement volunteering for many organizations and was Thurmont's Town Historian. He received an award in 1989 for 50 years outstanding community service and served as Thurmont Park Commissioner Summer Bank Concert Coordinator.
He wrote many articles for local papers and had a monthly column in the Catoctin Banner called " This and That". His passion was railroading and he served as Chief Conductor for Walkersville Southern Railroad.
There is not enough space in this obituary to include all the aspects of his life; therefore, we may have unintentionally omitted some very important people, awards, or organizations.
George loved God, his country and community. He could converse with everyone from Hobos to US Presidents. He will be greatly missed by many.
A tribute to his life will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2012, 1:00 PM at Catoctin High School Auditorium, sponsored by The Town of Thurmont.
Memorial contributions may be sent in his name to WalkersvilleSouthern Railroad, 34 West Pennsylvania Ave Walkersville, MD 21798 or Frederick County Hospice P.O. Box 1799 Frederick, MD 21702 or to Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo, 13019 Catoctin Furnace Rd., Thurmont, MD.
Published Online in The Frederick News-Post on Jan. 10, 2012