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RICHFIELD SPRINGS - George Dennis West, 64, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, at his home in Richfield Springs. He will be greatly missed by his loving family.
George was born Jan. 26, 1953, in Cooperstown, son of the late William and Jane (Trask) West, of Richfield Springs.
George graduated with the Richfield Springs High School Class of 1971.
After graduation, on Sept. 9, 1971, George enlisted in the United States Navy, where he served for the next six years as a hospital corpsman. He was honorably discharged on June 22, 1977, attaining the rank of HM2.
After his military service, he moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and went to work for the United States Postal Service for 30 years, retiring in 2012.
Mr. West enjoyed many sports and outdoor activities but his true passions were baseball, hunting and fishing.
He was a member of the Fort Lauderdale American Legion, where he enjoyed helping cook and serve the homeless on many occasions. After returning to Richfield Springs, he joined the local American Legion Post 616.
George is survived by his son, Jesse and his wife, Andrea and his granddaughter,
Ashelyn of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, one brother, Charles and his companion,
Debra Laveck of Richfield Springs; two sisters, Teresa Suhocki and husband, Larry of Richfield Springs and Debra Schell and husband, Donald of Oppenheim; along with many nieces and nephews and their children.
The family will receive relatives and friends from noon until 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 2, at J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, 40 W. James St., Richfield Springs. A funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment, with full Military Honors provided the U.S. Navy and American Legion Post 616, will follow in Lakeview Cemetery, Richfield Springs. A reception will follow the burial at the Veterans Club on Lake Street in Richfield Springs.
Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to Richfield Youth Sports, P.O. Box 458, Richfield Springs, NY 13439. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Published on August 27, 2017
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