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Anthony P. George
Utica
Mr. Anthony P. "Boogie" George, age 81, passed away on Monday, May 20, 2013, in the comfort of his daughter and son-in-law's home with the support of his loving family. Born on February 29, 1932, he was the son of the late Edward and Negibe "Jeanette" George. Anthony was raised and educated in Utica schools. On September 18, 1955, he was wed to the former Lucille A. Yero. The couple shared a 54 year relationship; they had memories and bonds that they shared that not even death could destroy. His beloved Lucille passed away on October 10, 2009. For many years, Anthony worked in the road construction field. He later owned and operated "Boogie's", an after hours restaurant located on Albany Street. Upon closure of the restaurant, Anthony and Lucille relocated to California where they had resided for more than 25 years. In desire to be closer to their family, they returned home to have the opportunity to share and create new memories with their loved ones. Anthony was a man who looked forward to challenges and was known to sacrifice for his convictions; despite obstacles, he persevered which motivated him to work hard and strive for the well being of his family which was his main priority. On the lighter side of Boogie's personality was great humor which created much laughter. On a daily basis, Anthony found meaning and fulfillment from his handyman skills, reality television shows, watching WWF and his daily morning trips to McDonalds for breakfast and camaraderie. A memorable time in Boogie's life happened when he worked alongside his daughter, Zaffa, and late son-in-law, Walter, when they operated The Greenthumb Gardens and Florist. Boogie was proud of each of his six children and their contributions to family, community and country; two of which, Marie and Edward, both served in the US Armed Forces. He was proud of his Lebanese heritage and was a supportive member of St. Louis Gonzaga Church. Anthony is survived by his children and their loves, Rosanne George of St. Louis, MO, Edward and Pamela George of Falls Church, VA, Jeanette George of Utica, Zaffa A. Marrotta of Whitesboro, Marie George and Rachel Davis of St. Louis, MO, and Tina and Pastor Dave McCoy of Whitesboro. Anthony cherished the memory of his son-in-law, Walter J. "Walt" Marrotta, Jr., who preceded him in death. Also left to carry on his legacy are his grandchildren, Danielle and Michael Pupillo, Gina George and Edward George, Jr., Robert "Bobby" III and Michele Roberts, Paul Roberts and fiancee, Jamie Amuso, Melissa Roberts and Amed Cardona, Walter and Jill Marrotta, and David and Ashley Paciello; and his six great-grandchildren, T.J., Antonio, Luca, Max, Benjamin and Stella. In addition, he leaves his sisters, Zaffa Horton, Marian Desiato and Rose Nelson, all of Utica; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, and in-laws, Cora Chambrone, Toni and Emory Briggs, and Madeline Yero. He was predeceased by his brothers, Albert L. "Allie" George and John George; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Anthony and Rose Yero; and his in-laws, Nancy Carr, Philomena Sayles, Ronald F. Nelson, Sr., and Angelo Desiato. The family is grateful for the friendship Anthony shared with Chorbishop John D. Faris and the prayers and comfort he brought to him. Anthony was proud of the manner in which his children attended to his every need as well as the caretakers of Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc., for their assistance during his final days. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4-7 at the Eannace Funeral Home, Inc., 932 South St., corner of Hammond Ave. The Prayer of Incense will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Anthony's Divine Liturgy of the Faithful Departed will commence on Friday morning at 10:00 from the funeral home and at 11:00 at St. Louis Gonzaga Church, celebrated by Chorbishop John D. Faris. Committal prayers and interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Online tributes at www.EannaceFuneralHome.com.
Published in The Observer-Dispatch from May 21 to May 23, 2013
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