Lewis George, Navy veteran

OBITS-GeorgeLewis_WLewis A. George, 85, of Hannibal died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 at the Syracuse Veteran Affairs Medical Center.

Born in Clayton, he was a 48 year resident of Hannibal. He retired as an insurance agent from R.J. MacDougall Insurance Agency in Fulton.

He had previously owned his own insurance agency, was a former district manager for Nationwide Insurance Company, owned his own heating and plumbing business, and was a member of the Steamfitter’s Pipefitter’s Local 73.

He was a member of the Hannibal United Methodist Church for over 50 years where he had held several offices. He was very active in the Hannibal community, serving on the school board for five years and he was a past president of the Parent Teachers Association.

He was a past president of the Hannibal Chamber of Commerce, where he was the chairman of the committee that was instrumental in bringing the First National Bank of Waterloo to Hannibal.

He was a former member of the Hannibal Volunteer Fire Department, the LaFargeville American Legion, Klock Smith Post 1788 and was a Boy Scout Leader.

He was a member of Hannibal Masonic Lodge # 550 where he was a past grand master in 1970 and district grand lecturer of the Oswego District Order of the Eastern Star.

He was also a patron of the Hannibal Order of Eastern Star where he served as the past district grand lecturer in 1978. A U.S. Navy veteran, he served in the Pacific Theatre of Operations during World War II.

He enjoyed playing and coaching sports, bowling, golfing, hunting, fishing and camping with his family. He enjoyed camping with the N.C.T camping group.

He was predeceased by his siblings, Sterling, Oletha and Dorothy.

Surviving are his wife of 67 years, the former, Elizabeth M. House; children, Brenda Hopkins, Rick George, Debbie MacDougall and Kelly Kingsley; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great -grandson.

Calling hours were held Saturday at Foster Funeral Home, Hannibal. Memorial services with Masonic and Military Honors were also held at the Hannibal United Methodist Church.

Burial will be at the family’s convenience at Grove Cemetery in LaFargeville.

Contributions may be made in Lewis’ name to Hannibal United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 89, Hannibal 13074 or Veterans Affairs Medical Center Hospice – Palliative Care Unit, 800 Irving Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210.

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