George Boucher, 84

George Abbot B. Boucher, a retired insurance agent and former Ruxton resident, died of a heart attack Wednesday at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 84.

Born in Baltimore and raised in the city's Tuscany-Canterbury neighborhood, he was a 1940 graduate of City College.


He attended Loyola College before enlisting in the Army in 1943. An artilleryman, he fought in the invasion of Okinawa, and attained the rank of sergeant.

After the war, he returned to Baltimore and went to work for William Boucher and Sons, the family tobacco business, hiring and supervising the Baltimore Street store's employees.


He studied business and accounting at the Johns Hopkins University and in 1958 joined the Towson office of Aetna Life Insurance Co. as an insurance agent.

"He was known for his integrity and high commitment to the interest of his clients and was a mentor for new agents," said his daughter, Sally Boucher Snedden of Fredericksburg, Va.

Mr. Boucher, who had lived in Marco Island, Fla., since 2001, was a former board member of the Towson YMCA and with his wife was named Philanthropist of the Year in 1998 by the American Red Cross.

Mr. Boucher was a Sunday school teacher, usher, and stewardship representative at Ascension Lutheran Church in Towson and at Hunt's Memorial United Methodist Church in Riderwood.

Memberships also included the Johns Hopkins Club and the Maryland Mensa Society.

Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow at Hunt's Memorial, 1912 Old Court Road.

Also surviving are his wife of 55 years, the former Jean Wailes; two sons, G.A. Bryant Boucher of Wheaton, Ill., and J. Bruce Boucher of North Wales, Pa.; and eight grandchildren.