SHAFTSBURY - George S. Cowper III, 87, died peacefully in his home in Shaftsbury on July 31, with his loving wife of 61 years, Joyce, at his side, due to complications of Alzheimer's disease.
He was born in Niagara Falls, N.Y., the oldest son of George A. Cowper and Grace E.L. Jones. He grew up in Chicago, and later, Owen Sound, Ontario.
After graduating from high school, he joined the Army in 1944, taking part in the liberation of the Philippines and Korea, and later served in the Army reserve as a 2nd LT.
He attended the U. of Oklahoma as a business major and graduated in three years. He was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma honor society.
He moved to Schenectady to work for GE, where he met Joyce. Working for GE took him to Chicago and Paris where he held various accounting executive positions before taking a job with Honeywell and returning to the United States, working in Atlanta and Boston.
After retiring, he moved to his farm in Vermont and enjoyed raising goats, making cheese, planting and harvesting trees, bird watching and photography. He traveled with his wife in the U.S., Canada, and Europe and enjoyed hiking and camping in the Adirondacks, the Green Mountains, and completed parts of the Appalachian Trail.
A great lover of books, especially history, and a lifelong lover of education, George continued to take classes throughout his retirement. He was an avowed political liberal who engaged in regular lively debates with family and friends.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Robin (Mark) Webster of Zurich, Switzerland, Steven (Peggy) of Clifton Park, Julie (Linwood) Downs of Lincolnville, Maine, and Liam (Linda) of Poestenkill; six grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, and four step-great-grandchildren; his brother, Tom of Galway and sister, Donna Petrasek of Amsterdam, and many nieces and nephews.
Because he loved learning, he chose to donate his body to the anatomical gift program at Albany Medical College. His family will have a memorial celebration of his life in the fall.
Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 17, 2013