GEORGE T. FARIS IV, ESQ. - COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - George T. Faris IV, Esq., of Collegeville, Pa., formerly of Shelburne, Vt., passed away on Jan. 9, 2013, at age 64, of metastatic melanoma. George was born in Abington, Pa., and raised in Glenside, Pa. He graduated from Abington Senior High School in 1966, and from Amherst College in 1970, with a BA in English. In 1978, he was awarded his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Vermont Law School, where he was a member of the Vermont Law Review, and his Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a contributing editor of the quarterly newsletter for the American Institute of Planners. George also completed a program on negotiation, bankruptcy, and public policy at Harvard Law School's Harvard Negotiation Institute. Following graduation from Penn, George returned to Vermont to practice law. After serving as District Counsel for the U.S. Small Business Administration, George returned to private practice and joined Hoff, Wilson, Powell & Lang, led by the former Governor of Vermont, Phil Hoff. Almost immediately, George became lead counsel in a number of the largest loan workout and bankruptcy proceedings in Vermont representing Vermont National Bank (now Citizens Bank), Howard Bank (now TD Bank), Bank of NY, and GMAC, among others. After Phil Hoff's departure in 1989, the firm was renamed Wilson Powell Lang & Faris. In 1997, George fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a Vermont country lawyer and opened his own law practice in Shelburne. George continued to specialize in business and real estate transactions, and also had the opportunity to focus on land use and environmental issues. In 2007, the family relocated to Collegeville, Pa. George missed Vermont, but enjoyed returning home to the Philadelphia area, where he continued the practice of law. George lived his life as a lawyer and city planner. His true passion was giving back to his community and looking for ways to make improvements in the community. He was appointed to the Shelburne Planning Commission in 1986, and served as chair of the Shelburne Planning Commission from 1988 to 2002, when he was elected as a member of the Selectboard for the Town of Shelburne. From 1998 to 2002, George also served on the Regional Planning Commission of Chittenden County, and was chair of the committee that prepared the first rewrite of the Chittenden County Regional Plan in 10 years. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Vermont Association for Business Industry and Rehabilitation and for the Burlington Business Association. George was an avid sailor and skier. He was a member of The Corinthian Yacht Club of Philadelphia, and a former member of the Lake Champlain Yacht Club. He enjoyed skiing with his family at Sugarbush and Stowe in Vermont, and Vail in Colorado. George was the beloved husband of Christine (Alexandrides), of 30 years, and the proud father of Peter, Alexander, and Andrew. In 2011, George became a loving grandfather to Declan Faris (son of Peter). He was the eldest sibling of Mary Rachel (Dr. John Redmond), Charles (Maureen), Scott, and Samuel (Kim). He was predeceased by his parents, Dr. Samuel Sheets II and Mary (Dolan) Faris; and his brother, Davidson. He leaves behind many dear nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Shelburne on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at 11 a.m., followed by interment. Funeral arrangements were handled by Freed Funeral Home, Inc., of Glenside, Pa. In lieu of flowers, contributions in remembrance of George may be made to the Rosenfeld Cancer Center of Abington Memorial Hospital, 1200 Old York Road, Abington, PA 19001.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on May 31, 2013