George F. Lian
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LIAN, George F.
Age 88 and former resident of Olean, NY, and longtime resident of Tifft Ave. in Horseheads, passed away Thurs., Aug. 26, 2010, at the Manor at Bethany Village. George was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Pamela on Sun., Feb. 25, 2007. He was born Apr. 4, 1922 in DuBois, PA, a son to the late Fred and Frances (Bader) Lian. He is survived by his sons, Rev. Fred (Kerrie) Lian of Highlands Ranch, CO and Christopher (Jill) Lian of Elmira, NY; grandchildren, Madison Lian, Alexis and Nicholas Lian; sisters, Adele Alleman of Las Vegas, NV, Helen (Patrick) Duffy of Palmdale, CA; brother, James (Linda) Lian of Newberry Park, CA; sister-in-law, Sybil Gibson of Sunriver, OR; brothers-in-law, David (Pamela) Space (Ret. USN) of MN and Stephen Space of Dummerston, VT; and several nieces and nephews. George was also predeceased by his sister, Norma Sawaya; and brother, Robert Lian. George was a communicant of St. Mary Our Mother Church in Horseheads. He was a veteran of the US Army Air Force serving as an aerial photographer and radio man during WWII. He was the Chief photographer to the Olean Times Herald in Olean, NY and later George retired as the Chief photographer for the Elmira Star Gazette in 1987. He was a life member of the National Press Photographers Assoc., member of the Southern Tier Organization of Photographers and Horseheads Kiwanis Club. Family and friends are invited to call at the Barber Funeral Home, 413 S. Main St., Horseheads on Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, from 4-7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in St. Mary Our Mother Church, 816 W. Broad St., Horseheads on Sat., Sept. 4, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. Burial service with military honors will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery. Those wishing may also remember George with memorials to the Falck Cancer Center, 600 Roe Ave., Elmira, NY 14905. Remembrances and condolences may be left and viewed at

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Published in Star-Gazette from Aug. 28 to Sep. 2, 2010.
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September 3, 2010
We can't go through our home without seeing Uncle George. From our wedding album with the heart felt photos to the portrait of Hal Holbrook reprising Mark Twain. His kindness to others, sweet nature and of course his humor made all those around him better.
John & Gail Gibson
September 3, 2010
Chris and the Lian Family:

I was so saddened to read of your Dad's passing. I met your Dad through the Elmira Kiwanis Club where he was a long-time member of the House & Reception Committee. Before he joined the club he would attend meetings as the Star-Gazette's photographer and take pictures of our high school Athletes of the Month. No one had his personality and sense of humor. He was a GREAT AND GOOD MAN in every sense of those words. He will be sorely missed.

God bless you and your family.
Paul Hart
September 1, 2010
I'll always treasure the times spent with my Uncle George. A sweet man, and a joy to be around.
Craig Gibson
August 31, 2010
George was a very talented Photographer but what I will miss most is his great sense of humor.
Deb Brenzo
August 30, 2010
George was the photographer for our sons wedding. He always had a smile on his face and brought joy to everyone he knew. We were also fortunate to live accross the street from him for a while on Tiff Ave. He was a wonderful neighbor, and friend.
Joyce and Dave Gray
August 30, 2010
I remember George working for the Star Gazette when I was a Police Officer in Elmira. He had the warmest and most sincere smile on anyone I ever met. He was an asset to humanity and his profession. It was and honor to know him. God Bless him.
John Stein
August 30, 2010
Chris and family, I am sorry your loss. I had the pleasure of knowing George. He was one of a kind. My prayers and sympthaies are with you during this time of sorrow. Attorney Donald Mustico's Paralegal
Tina Marshburn
August 30, 2010
Was fortunate to run into George a number of times covering stories when I was at WENY. He always had a smile and a funny story to tell. God just gained a great photographer.
Tim Spencer
August 29, 2010
Came to know George while serving as Postmaster in Elmira. He was present at many Post Office functions & news events.
Dick Dalton, Postmaster
August 29, 2010
George was a wonderful photographer, and also a friend and colleague for many years. I will miss his zany humor, sincere generosity, and warmth as a person.
Mark Fleisher
August 28, 2010
I remember my dad, Johnny Ellison, speaking of Mr. Lian fondly. He will be missed by many.
Debbie Ellison-Fecht
August 28, 2010
I am sure my special
friend that you are united with you lovely wife Pam. Farewell dear friend.
Bob Keller
August 28, 2010
George was Mr. Reliable when it came to getting photos at the LPGA Corning Classic. Ready, willing and able to shoot any time and on hand every day all day during tourney week. His wit and sense of humor and his participation in a steady stream of banter and laughs with his "sidekick" Sy Leveen will live on in memory with all who worked in the Media Center. God rest him and God bless his wonderful family.
Al Donnelly
August 28, 2010
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Herb & June Manson
August 28, 2010

August 28, 2010
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Steve and Cody Usselman
August 27, 2010
I had the pleasure of being in front of George's lenses, on more than one occasion. If my memory serves me correct he took my first picture for the Star-Gazette. I always enjoyed running into him when he was not retired & then in his retirement years. George was one of the finest persons I ever knew. My heartfelt condolences goes out to his family & friends for their loss.
Sidney S. Graubard
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