George William Madsen
George William Madsen passed away August 3, 2016 at the age of 90. He was born in Woburn, MA April 9th 1926. He met his first wife Martha in the lunch line at the Skiers Chalet while on a ski vacation. They married and moved to Aspen in 1959 and raised four kids, Cindy, Tim, Beth and Billy.
He enlisted in Navy in 1944 where he was sent to Colgate University and later Dartmouth College for officers training. World War II interrupted his studies and he was transferred to the Great Lakes Naval Base for training and then he was sent to San Francisco where he was stationed on a destroyer mine sweeper. After the war he returned to Colgate to finish his education and then took a position with General Electric in Schenectady, NY. He also worked for GE in Wellesley, MA and Bloomington, IL before taking his first ski trip to Aspen in 1956.
After moving to Aspen, George and Martha bought a lot at Fifth Street and Hopkins Avenue and built a four-unit apartment house that they named, The Madsen Chalet. George started The Aspen Flyer that same year, a one man newspaper which was later absorbed by the Aspen Times where he became the editor and columnist. His weekly column, On The Other Hand, provided a balanced review of political topics, philosophic reflections and family adventures.
George was a founding member of the Aspen Rotary Club, the Aspen/Snowmass Nordic Council, he was an Aspen Junior Hockey coach and played with the Aspen Leafs hockey team, he was a volunteer with the Aspen Ski Club and many other organizations that needed a hand. He also hosted a radio show on KSNO where he interviewed local characters and provided listeners with information about the history of the town and current events. George was hired by DRC Brown as the Vice President of Marketing for the Aspen Ski Corp in 1972 where he created an energetic marketing program and developed the Snow Host program to provide guest services. He was elected Pitkin County commissioner in 1980 and served two terms. George married Connie Gallagher Madsen in 1981 and together they hosted senior hut trips, bike trips, they were active with the snowballs ski group, traveled extensively and enjoyed the home they shared in the west end until Connie’s passing in May of 2015. George was inducted into the Aspen Hall of Fame in 2015 and is survived by his children, Cindy Madsen Buck (Bo Buck), Tim Madsen (Dianne Madsen), Beth Madsen, Bill Madsen (Deborah Madsen), grandchildren Dillion Buck, Mackenzie Buck, Garrett McNichol, Ali McNichol, Dylan Bontempo, Sophia Madsen, William Madsen and ex wife Martha Madsen.
A memorial service will be held at the Aspen Chapel on Sunday, August 14 at 3:00pm.
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