Survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Dawn (Jane Dawn Divine), George was fiercely proud of his son Karl (Lisa); daughter Kristi Link (Aaron); grandchildren Jacob (Gabrielle), Benjamin and Julia Kocsis and Madison and Elizabeth Link. He is also survived by his brother Robert and several nieces and nephews.
A 1945 graduate of Burgard Vocational High School in Buffalo, George enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1946, where he served as a Sergeant Investigator in Germany during World War II until his honorable discharge in 1948. He went on to earn a B.S. degree from the University of Buffalo in 1953 and enjoy a successful career as a manufacturers' representative in the machine tool industry.
Always ready with a joke and usually sporting a Pink Panther cap, George was generous with his vast knowledge about numerous topics, his tools, and his time. Through the years his passions ranged from his family, especially his cherished "Dawnie," with whom he shared a lifetime of joy, dancing, and laughter, to fishing; from wood crafting to craft cocktails; from downhill skiing to the place, he called home for 49 years, Skaneateles Lake, where he served as a member of the Lakeview Circle Homeowners Association from 1965-72 and 1985-present, helping to build and maintain the community's lakefront integrity for generations to come.
Although George will be terribly missed, we take solace in the knowledge that his memory will live on in the glistening of the lake and the sound of our laughter when we share the memories of our incomparable patriarch.
The family would like to give a special thank you to the wonderful caregivers who tirelessly helped over the past year- Trudy, Tonya, Julie, Robin, Tara, and Carrie.
A private memorial service will take place in Skaneateles this summer.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, PO BOX 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929 or Skaneateles Ecumenical Food Pantry, 819 W. Genesee St., Skaneateles, NY 13152.
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