Honorable George N. Hurd

Hurd_GeorgeThe Honorable George N. Hurd, Jr., known to his grand and great grandchildren as “JG”,  a life long resident of Milton, Massachusetts died on the 2nd of September, 2013 in Quincy, Massachusetts  . He was ninety-three.

He was born in the house in which he would later live in to Ruth Herrick Hurd and George N. Hurd. He was the eldest of three children and is survived by both of his sisters, Alice Moulton of Concord,and Sylvia MacDonald of  Colorado.   He attended Milton Academy, Harvard University and, after World War Two, Boston University Law School. In his senior year at Harvard, he married his life long sweetheart, Elizabeth Cunningham and they would be together for the next sixty-three years until her death in August of 2006.

After the war, he returned to Milton with his two children, Bob and Nancy, who were followed by  Gordon (Toby) and Betsy.  During the war years he worked in intelligence with the renowned  ‘Wild Bill’ Donovan.  After being admitted to the bar, he spent much of his career in private practice in Boston, Milton, and Quincy. He also served as a clerk in Norfolk Superior Court..  He was appointed  to the District Court bench by Governor Francis W. Sargent and was elevated to the Superior Court bench by Governor Edward J. King.  In addition to his duties as a Superior Court Judge, he also sat on the appeals division of the district court.  He was the recipient of many awards as a judge, for his service to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and his community.

A lifelong rowing enthusiast, he has staunchly backed the Boston University Crew and, more recently, he helped to promote the head of the Neponset Fall Rowing Classic where he gave  out the first cup which was named after him.  On the bench, he was known for his fairness and fearlessness.  He never shied away from the tough cases and never wavered in his application of the law.

In addition to his sisters, he is survived byhis children, Robert Hurd and his wife Linda, of New Hampshire and South Carolina,  Nancy Hurd of Colorado, Gordon (Toby) Hurd and his wife Patricia A. Walsh-Hurd of Weymouth and  Elizabeth  (Betsy) Hurd of Arizona.  His grandchildren, Bo and his wife Christine Kailus of Illinois, Lisa and her husband Josh Walker of Cambridge, Tina and her husband Josh DeLawter, Scituate and Brooks and his wife Maddie Hurd of Illinois.  He is also survived by his three loving great grandchildren, Boden, Kendra and Myles.

A memorial service will be held at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church at 112 Randolph Avenue, Milton, Massachusetts on September 21, 2013 at eleven o’clock.

If desired, contributions in Judge Hurd’s memory can be made to the Boston University Friends of Men’s Crew, P.O. Box 4112, Boston, MA 02211 or made online at GoTerriers.com​/Donate or to Friends of the Milton Council on Aging, 10 Walnut Street, Milton, MA 02186. The family also want to extends their thanks for the care given to Judge Hurd by the Beth Israel Deaconess Milton Hospital and to the staff at the Hancock Park Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. 164 Parkingway, Quincy, MA 02169, and non deductible gifts may be sent to the Patient Activity Fund at the above address.