George L. Sutfin
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George L. Sutfin, 72, embarked on a new journey to the afterlife on March 30, 2020. George was born in Ithaca NY and was a lifelong resident in Tompkins County. He later became a Sergeant during the Vietnam War, and this passion later led him to become a Cornell Police officer where he served for over 39 years.

In 1993, he married the love of his life Sandra Baker Sutfin. They both met while working at Cornell University.

George had two passions, family and serving others. He was proud to serve our country that gave him the title of a War Veteran. Upon his return, he received his degree in Criminal Justice and then later became a police officer. Throughout the years he continued to the serve the community by coaching little league baseball, giving speeches at Ithaca High School of "A Soldier's Story", and was the former president of Cops kids and Toys. Upon retirement, George was a coach for Special Olympics bowling, while continuing to actively participate and dedicate his hard work and time into serving the community through Cops Kids and Toys.

He leaves behind his beloved wife Sandra; his children Amy Harris and Jeff Goodwin; Tammy and Steve Searles; and Eric and Gabriella Phelps. He also leaves behind his grandchildren Jessica Jean Mault; Michael Harris; Samantha and Gordon Gray; and MiMi and Kyle Sincock. Lastly his partners in crime, grandsons: Luca and Miles Phelps; and great grandsons: Mikey and Logan Mault.

George is survived by his four brothers David, Henry, Gene, and Don; his father in law Thomas Dannan; as well as his brothers in law enforcement.

Given the recent global concern, no funeral service will be scheduled at this time. The family has opted for a Celebration of Life ceremony that will be scheduled at a later date.

George had a child like spirit and loved to joke and laugh. All donations in George's name can be made to the Cops, Kids, and Toys Inc. 836 Hanshaw Road Ithaca, NY 14850. Online condolences can be left at

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Published in Ithaca Journal from Apr. 1 to Apr. 2, 2020.
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April 15, 2020
I grew up next door to George and remember him from at least 65 yrs. Although I have not been able to connect with him for the past 50, I will remember George with good memories always.
Hazel Puhalka
April 5, 2020
To George's family,
I worked with George on most every shift during our years at Cornell. From the first time I met him until we retired, I have never met a more personable, understanding, and caring individual. He was a gentleman's gentleman. He will be greatly missed. George, Rest in Peace, and may God bless you and your family.
Ed Kowalski
April 5, 2020
Sharon Cooper
April 4, 2020
When I came to Ithaca in 1976 for my first job
in law enforcement, George was my training
officer, and he became my friend.

George was already ready to help, whether
it be with law enforcement, a needed repair
to vehicle or home, or just a person to talk with.

I remained in Ithaca and in law enforcement
for 31 years, and last saw George at a Thursday
night concert at Myers Park last Summer.
He will be sorely missed.
Thomas Yetzer
April 4, 2020
So sad to hear this and sending condolences. I always enjoyed working with George during the Dump and Run summers, and always appreciated his sense of humor. Wishing peace to Sandie and family during this difficult time.

-Diane Cohen, Finger Lakes ReUse
Diane Cohen
April 3, 2020
sorry for George's loss, he was a good guy to work with (9 years)..used to wave driving by his house RIP George
John Eckard
April 3, 2020
Sandy and family-I am saddened by early departure for our dear brother.. He served country and community with pride and a sense of "protective instincts" that set a high bar for those he served with and trained..
Randy Sterling(ret.IPD)
April 2, 2020
RIP George. People like you made the Cornell Safety Division into the Police Dept it is today
Dave Collins. IPD retired
April 2, 2020
Our deepest sympathies, Sandy. Sending love and light.
Jon and Michele Fish
April 2, 2020
I am so sorry to have learned of George's death. My thoughts & prayers are with his family.
April 2, 2020
Sandy and Family ,. Sorry to see this . I've know George Sense I was born . ( 1951 ) WE lived on Hunt hill Rd. He and Clair were family like Brothers and sisters. I haven't seen him sense Clair passed. I did get to speak with him at that time. Again , I'm sorry to find this out. God Bless him.
Eugene Coolbaugh
April 2, 2020
Deepest Sympathy to you and all the family.
Lily & Ralph Smith
April 2, 2020
Rest in peace cuz. You will be missed by many.
Bill Davis
April 2, 2020
Sandy, and Family,
I am so sorry to learn of George's passing. I am happy to have known him from Cornell. He was a great man, and I never saw him without a smile.

Steve Morey
Steve Morey
April 2, 2020
A great man who I was fortunate to have known. Sincere sympathy to the entire family
Larry Jackmin,
April 2, 2020
I am so sorry to hear about George's passing. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Carin Rundle
Carin Rundle
April 2, 2020
Sandi, I'm so sorry to hear of George's passing. He was an awesome person and I was lucky to have worked with him. He left so many wonderful memories, but he will be missed greatly. My thoughts are with you.
Rich Brewer
April 2, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
Nova Sherwood
April 2, 2020
Deepest sympathies
April 2, 2020
I'm so sorry to hear of George's death. He was a great guy to work with at Cornell. He gave his all to anything he was involved with. Sincere condolences.

Steve Truesdail
April 2, 2020
Sandie, we are so sorry to learn of George's passing. We will hold you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Judy and Fay Bower
April 2, 2020
Our love, strength and prayers go out to the whole family! Endless memories growing up next door ❤ May you Rest in Peace
Renée (Lawrence)
April 2, 2020
Thoughts and prayers to Sandy and family. God bless you and help you through this difficult time .
Elsie(Beckwith) Bowen
April 2, 2020
Rest in Peace George.
Bill Cornell
April 2, 2020
Always enjoyed visiting with him during our car pride cruise ins. He will be missed.
Norfe Pirro
April 2, 2020
Rest in Peace my good friend and coworker. I will miss you yet fortunate to share our time! So many fond memories. To Sandy and the entire family.. hold onto your memories, George was one of the very best!! Thoughts and prayers go to you all at this extremely difficult time.
Dick Clark
April 1, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Suecia Deanda
April 1, 2020
I had the pleasure of knowing George, Rest in pease my friend
Dave Shipos
April 1, 2020
Rest in peace George
Dave Collins. IPD Retired
April 1, 2020
Thinking of your entire family at this time. Sending prayers your way....
Ann & Larry Rillera
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