George F. Geres, of New Bern, North Carolina and formerly of Vestal, New York, peacefully went home to the Lord on Monday, February 6, 2023.
A private burial will be conducted at the Military Cemetery and a memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.
Born, October 22, 1931, in Long Island City, New York to Rev. and Mrs. George D. Geres, George was taught at an early age the importance of service. After training at Army General School at Ft. Riley, Kansas, Geres served during the Korean War with the U.S. Marines as an intel analyst. Following his release from active duty, George served with the reserves at N.A.S. Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn. A proud Marine, George was a Life Member of the Marine Corps League.
George attended Brooklyn College and began a banking career at Kings Highway Savings Bank of Brooklyn where he advanced to Assistant Auditor. When he and his wife Marlyn and their son, Brad moved to Binghamton, New York, George joined the Binghamton Savings Bank. As Affirmative Action Officer and Vice President for Human Resources, he gave voice to the concerns of those who might otherwise not have been heard. A proud member of the Board of Directors of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Central New York, George served as Chairman of the Finance Committee and as Vice Chairman of the Board.
An ”Honor Graduate” of the Graduate School of Banking, Brown University, George left his banking career to move forward with his dedication to service. He took great joy in his service as the President and Chairman of the Board of Sheltered Workshop for the Disabled in Binghamton, New York. He then continued to answer the call to serve when he was ordained by the Congregational Church, NACCC, serving as pastor of the First Congregational Church of Coventryville, and Hope Congregational Church of Afton, New York.
Following the death of his wife, Marlyn, he remarried and moved to New Bern, North Carolina with his long-time friend, Patricia. He enjoyed sailing on the Neuse River and returned to his love of painting. Once a contributing artist at Gallery on the Green, Woodstock, Vermont, George turned to painting for family and friends. As a resident of North Carolina, George was able to enjoy time with his son Brad and daughter-in-law, Holly.
George cherished the time he and Pat spent with daughters Kimberly and Nanette and their families. The children were a great blessing. With the entire family together at the table including grandchildren, Lauryn, Mikayla, David, and Danelle, and husbands Keith and Mark, Thanksgiving and Christmas were very special. He also leaves behind several nieces and cousins. George and Pat loved making plans for the family vacation at the “Beach House” at Emerald Isle…… lots of food and lots of laughter! It was a long drive from North Carolina, but always fun sharing time in Canada with their dear friend, Jim Parsons.
Now,….. George has gone home.
“Home Going” is like a sailboat going out to sea. The sail grows smaller and smaller as the boat moves toward the horizon. People watch it happening…. “There he goes!” those on the shore call out as the sail grows smaller and smaller. Finally, the sail becomes a small white spec…”There he goes.” At that very moment on a shore that we can not see, voices rise in excited anticipation: “Here he comes… here he comes.. Welcome Home, George…. Welcome Home!
Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at www.mundenfuneralhome.net
Arrangements by Munden Funeral Home & Cremations in Havelock, NC.