George Henry Avery, Jr.

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Mt. Pleasant, SC …. George Henry Avery, Jr. (known as Hal), age 62, passed away on August 12, 2018 in Charleston, SC after a short illness. He was surrounded by family and loved ones.


Hal spent his professional life in the publishing industry, starting out in advertising sales for his hometown newspaper rising to hold numerous sales management and publisher positions for Reed/Elsevier, the largest publishing company in the world, as well as others. His work took him to every corner of the globe, but he was happiest returning home to Karin, his wife of 32 years, and their children, Gwendolyn and Geoff, in Mountain Lakes, NJ. With the children grown, in 2016 Hal and Karin achieved their dream of relocating to Mount Pleasant, SC.


Hal’s kindness, keen wit and deep interest in others earned him the respect and friendship of countless individuals, surprising even his family with the outpouring of calls and good wishes in his final days. He was an avid athlete, coach and sports fan. Shortly before he passed away, the Mountain Lakes/Boonton Township (MLBT) Youth Lacrosse Organization named a scholarship fund in his name to honor his dedication and commitment to coaching, mentoring and elevating the game of youth lacrosse. In addition, Hal coached MLBT Ice Hockey and served on the MLBT Ice Hockey Board. Hal also served on the vestry of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.


Hal’s favorite place was Lake George, NY where his great grandfather bought a summer cottage in 1911. Hal and members of his family have been returning there every summer since then to enjoy the serenity of quiet mornings, the delight of sunsets enjoyed on the front porch and all manners of fun times on the lake in between.


Born on December 26, 1955, Hal was the oldest child of George Henry Avery and Meredith Davidson Avery. Hal grew up in Riverside, CT, graduated from Greenwich High School in 1974 and received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY in 1978. He was member of Delta Sigma Phi and the varsity men’s lacrosse team. At Hartwick, he earned the lifelong nickname of “Gearhead”, reflecting his abiding love of cars and the “best summer job ever” working in the parts department of a local Ferrari dealership.


Hal is survived by his wife Karin Framburg Avery, daughter Gwendolyn Avery Hoon (m. Andrew), son Geoff (George Henry Avery), sisters Martha Avery Bates (m. Thomas) and Elizabeth Hill Avery (m. Alexander Bullock) as well as many adoring nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws.


A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on September 15 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Mountain Lakes, NJ. A homily of remembrance will be held at a later date at Grace Church Cathedral in Charleston, SC.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Fund for Lake George (www.fundforlakegeorge.org) or to the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Foundation – Transplant Patient Support Fund. Address: MUSC Transplant Patient Support Fund, C/O Vera Ford, Dept. of Surgery, 96 Jonathan Lucas Street, MSC 613/CSB 420, Charleston, SC 29425.

You may go to www.bullockfuneralhome.com and sign the family’s guest book.

The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home for the arrangements.