George & Rosemary Cashman

George Cashman, District Governor 1994-1995

George is a true example of a Rotarian…giving so much of himself to others is the very basis of his life.



A native of Newburyport, Massachusetts, he received his primary and secondary education there before entering the College of the Holy Cross during the early years of World War II.  Shortly after that, he joined the Navy in the Officers’ Training Program and ultimately was sent to Northwestern University in 1944, where he was commissioned an Ensign.  After the war, he returned to Holy Cross and received his degree in 1947.  He later earned his Master’s in Education from Boston University and his CAGS from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst.


Upon completing his education, George entered the Cashman Brothers family oil business.  In 1962, he also became a Deputy Sheriff in Essex County, a position he continues to hold today.  He went on to serve as President of both the Essex County Sherriff’s and the Massachusetts Deputy Sheriff’s Association.


In 1965, George joined the Department of Youth Services (DYS) following the merger of Cashman Oil with Pickering Oil of Salem, and after he had served as Chairman of the Governor’s Committee on Service to Youth.  He served as DYS Regional Director for many years and went on to become an Area Director of the Department of Special Services (DSS) until his retirement in 1992.  Having joined the Newburyport Rotary Clbu in 1953, George was not the first member of his family to be an active Rotarian.  His father was a past Club President, and his grandfather was a Charter member.  George served as Club President for 1957-58; District Conference Treasurer in 1956; District Treasurer for three years in the mid-1960’s; member of the District Rotary Fellowship Selection Committee and District Scholarship Committee. He is a Paul Harris Fellow.


Within his community, he and Rosemary are both very active.  He is a past president of the Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce, and was the first General Chairman of the annual Yankee Homecoming Celebration in Newburyport, the second oldest continuous civic celebration in the country.  He is a past president of Greater Newburyport Home Health Care, Inc., an incorporator of Anna Jacques Hospital; and Chairman of his class at Holy Cross for more than 30 years.


Rosemary has been active raising their four boys and five girls, and currently enjoys spending time with ten grandchildren.  She has many years served as a volunteer for the Custom House Maritime Museum, and is a member of the Board of District Nursing Service (Affiliated with Greater Newburyport Home Health Care), as well as a volunteer at the Rupert A. Nock Middle School Library for more than 10 years.


George and Rosemary live in Newburyport.