The Family of Fanny Selina and George Best
George trained as an engraver but took over the family carrying business. Then, with his father, he developed it into a coal and coke merchant business at The Close. He lived in a rented house in The Close near to the business. The business premises were pulled down in about 1930 and the Blandford Post Office was built on the site.
He married Fanny Selina Jenvey at Wimborne Minster on 26 March 1894. It was reported in the local newspaper that George was presented with bronze eight-day timepiece:
'in recognition of his valuable services as organist to the Men's Bible Class, meeting in the Congregational Church, a very handsome clock has just been presented to Mr George Best, on the occasion of his marriage. At the close of the open meeting of the class last Sunday afternoon, at which an excellent address had been given by Mr Driffield to a large company, Mr Hobbs, the leader of the class referred to the absence of Mr Best on his wedding tour, and exhibited the timepiece, at the same time expressing the pleasure it afforded the members of the class in thus having the opportunity of showing the regard they one and all felt for their esteemed friend. The article was supplied by Mr H Wheeler, Market Place, and bore the following inscription:– Presented to Mr George Best on the occasion of his marriage by the Men's Bible Class, meeting in the Congregational Church, Blandford, March 25 th, 1894'
George's interests included the humanities, religion, art, education and music. He was a member of the South Western District of Foresters, a member of the Local Court 'Golden Arrow' (of which he was secretary 40 years). He had connections with the Blandford Grammar School and was a Deacon of the Blandford Congregational Church. He was organist at the church for many years until forced to relinquish due to infirmity. He was a playing member of the Blandford Bowling Club.
Alderman Best was a member of the Borough Council for 31 years (1908-1939) and Alderman 14 years.
Rev Hopkin Richards (Pastor) observed at George's funeral that 'on most Sundays during his ministry at Blandford, morning and evening, his departed colleague, friend and brother, came into the vestry before the service. he was a man of fine build, with generally a flower in his coat and always a smile on his face and a cheering and heartening word on his lips'. George was 'like one of the church's pillars -- one of its mainstays, morally and spiritually'.
George and Fanny had four daughters