George Myers, former longtime owner of the Ogunquit Innkeepers Motel, died Sunday after suffering a stroke. He was 88.

Mr. Myers was remembered by his family Thursday as a friendly and upbeat man who was loved in the communities where he lived.

“Everyone genuinely enjoyed his company,” said his daughter Debbie Godowsky of Yarmouth. “He was not only a great talker, but a great listener. He loved to talk about anything at all. He could always find some connection with you.”

Mr. Myers’ personality was the key to his success as owner of the Ogunquit Innkeepers Motel. He and his late wife, Kay Myers, operated the motel for 20 years.

Godowsky said her father was most comfortable behind the desk, greeting guests and checking people in. He also worked on the grounds and did building maintenance. His wife mostly cleaned the rooms, she said.

“They were great with people and knew how to get the customers to keep coming back each year,” his daughter said. “He loved interacting with his customers.”

As a business owner, Mr. Myers was active in the community. He was a longtime member of the Rotary Club of Ogunquit and the Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce.

He served stints as president of both organizations.

In 1996, the couple sold the motel and moved to Yarmouth. Though retired, Mr. Myers kept busy. He worked part time as a desk clerk at the Downeast Motel.

He also joined the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce and briefly volunteered for the Yarmouth schools.

His daughter said he helped children with their reading skills. “He really enjoyed having the children read to him,” she said.

Mr. Myers and his wife were married for 59 years and raised two children. Godowsky said her parents shared a good life together. She recalled the years they lived in Massachusetts and vacationed in Ogunquit.

“We always had happy memories driving up Route 1 deciding what motel to stay in and which restaurant to eat at,” she said.

In 2009, following his wife’s passing, Mr. Myers moved to Bartlett Circle Senior Housing in Yarmouth.

There, he made many good friends. His daughter said he knew everyone’s name and made new residents feel welcome in the community.

Mr. Myers’ one and only hobby was the Boston Red Sox.

“My father was really obsessed with the Red Sox,” his daughter said. “He could have told you about the very first game he went to with his dad and brother. He was 10 years old. He could tell you who was pitching and how much the tickets were. … He watched games as often as he could.”

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