George William Peterson of Port Ewen, NY passed peacefully Saturday, November 21st, 2020. He is survived by his wife Janice, daughter JoAnne, 3 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and step sister Ella Mae. He was pre-deceased by his father Peter, mother Margaret (Stein), step brothers James, Edward, Bud and Robert, grandson Dunner Finch and faithful companion/best friend Gert.
George was a retired Marine Diagnostician for over 50 years and was the owner of Yacht Tech. Inc. for 30+ years. Any yacht that he piloted 'danced' in the water and to watch him move or dock a yacht was mesmerizing and an experience beyond words.
He was the Past Junior Governor of the Moose Lodge and member of the White Eagle Benevolent Society.
Born in Kingston, NY on January 22nd, 1941, he was raised on River Road in Ulster Park, where he still owns a property and has lived all his life in the Town of Esopus.
George had a very intimate and in-depth knowledge of Esopus Meadows Lighthouse, as a child, lived there extensively as a friend of the then 'keeper' and his wife. He boated on the Hudson River for pleasure and later years for business. If winters would allow for a frozen Hudson River, Ice Boating was a favorite pastime. He loved the speed, daredevil antics of the sport and gathering of fellow Ice Boaters; an excellent figure skater; shad fished on the Hudson River as a young man for 7+ years; November's he enjoyed large game hunting and duck hunted (his favorite) for 65+ years on the Esopus Meadows.
He selflessly and without regards to any of his personal needs, always helped his many friends with any situation, big or small that they may have had. He always said, "That's what friend do for friends." Since becoming ill, it always gave George great pleasure and a brought a big smile to his face to receive a call or visit from his daughter and friends. The fact that friends took 5 or 30 minutes out of their busy schedules to think of him, say hi, and spend some time with him, even by phone, gave him great pleasure, or without asking, just pitched in and helped his family - this meant the world to him. He was always a loyal friend to all and hopes his friends will celebrate the opportunity and privilege to have known him.
A very special thank you for all their thoughtfulness is extended to Al, Clark and Glen. They always gave a few minutes/hours of their thoughts or time to help George and his wife.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, Inc., 216 Broadway, Port Ewen, NY 12466. Per request of George, services and burial will be private. To leave an expression of sympathy for the family, please visit www.KeyserFuneralService.com. Any contributions may be forwarded to: St. Jude Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 www.stjude.org or your favorite charity.
My dad the best & always will be
He may be gone from sight but will always be in my heart ❤️
My best friend & proud to be his daughter & have had our special memories & special time especially the last 15 years fly high daddy my Angel in heaven .
Blessed for 57& half years of my daddy love.,❤️
Love your one only daughter
Uncle George, you were 1 of my favorite Uncles. You will be missed! Aunt Jan I send prayers for you & Joanne & the family for strength and peace. Love, Sandi D & family
To all of George’s family my deepest condolences.
We were married 57 years but knew each other 62 + years. There will always be a huge void in my life without him. I was raised by Mommy & Daddy for only 18 years - but married to George for 57 years. We raised each other and a daughter and did a damn good job at both.
Sorry for your loss! George was a great man!🙏❤️Donna&larry Sutton
George was always very good to me, allowing me to moor my boat at his property both during duck season and striper season. Always enjoyed having a beer with him at the lot after we all just got off the river after hunting. A good man, a hard working man, a good friend, I’ll always smile when I think of him. Andy Vanderpoel
I will miss you dearly my sweet brother n law. I love the memories of you pulling my curly curls and how I tried to sit in between you and my sister Janice, and all the wrestling. I remember the times on the boat and all the best times at the property on River Road swimming. I know I must have been a pain in the ass . But those to eat were some of the best memories. I will miss you. Rest in peace until we see each other again.
Rest in Peace George. Thank you for a lot of FANTASTIC childhood memories. Bruce McCrindle and Family
Sorry for you loss From Lori Cozzolino
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