Another angel has gone to Heaven with the Lord who will always be loved and dearly missed by so many.
George Charles Powell Sr., 13 Clubview Dr., Bath, and Florida, has passed. After a traumatic incident, he battled his injuries with humility and his enduring smile to the end. He went peacefully at home with his three children by his side on September 8, 2018 (on his beloved mother’s birthday).
A service in George’s honor will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3 at St. James Episcopal Church, Corner Lake & Main Streets, Hammondsport with The Rev. Lynne Sharp officiating. A Celebration of Life Luncheon to follow immediately after at 18 Vine St., Hammondsport.
George was born in Corning on June 17, 1932, to Helen Hope Merrick Moultrope and Ira Price Powell. He graduated from Northside High School. He spent most of his youth swimming, fishing, and boating on the west side of Keuka Lake where his paternal grandparents built a farm, settling from England in 1880.
He attended Alfred University, worked road construction and was a butcher, during the summers. George married Barbara Jean Bump, in Cuba, Sept. 26, 1954.
George is survived by his beloved children, Catherine J Powell, Hammondsport, George Powell, Jr., Hammondsport and Boynton Beach, Fla.; Shirley J Powell, Hobe Sound, Fla.; grandchildren, Jessica Powell, Jennifer (Bobby) Morse, Kent H. Brown, II; great-grandsons, Brylon, and Bryson Morse, and his beloved son-in-law, Kevin J. Spear, Painted Post. He is predeceased by his sister, Jeanette Hope Beyea and his nephew, Ira Price Beyea. George’s intermittent resting place will be with his parents at Cooper’s Plains Cemetery, Painted Post.
George retired as Senior Designer for Corning, Inc. He designed their many plants to heat glass forehearths throughout the U.S. and the world — Mexico, Korea, Poland, England, France, China, Brazil, etc. — and held various other design/engineering positions throughout his career. He was proud of his 60 year Service Pin from Corning, Inc.
After he retired, he held various engineering jobs. He was a consultant for other construction and design companies, including RCA Worldwide, in France and Poland for five years. He also had a passion for designing and building many beautiful homes in New York and Florida for his family and other clients.
George worked very hard, sacrificed much, and was a righteous man and a great provider. He was a born-again Christian and became a Deacon in 1967 at Christ Episcopal Church, Corning.
George had an intense enthusiasm and a natural gift for socializing, music, dancing, entertaining, boating, hunting and being with his family. He had a great personality, wit and a phenomenal sense of humor. He also enjoyed his automobiles, which he had many; along with motorcycles, boats, recreational vehicles, and traveling with his family across the country.
During the last six years, George was very involved as the Patriarch of the “Powell’’ Family Properties, in Watkins Glen and Hammondsport. He was fabulous at promoting, marketing, doing all lawn care, and helping with the Craft Beer/Wine Tours. The guests absolutely loved him and returned yearly just to have George reminisce about his many adventures!
George was a member of the Bath American Legion, Bath VFW, Penn Yan Moose, Corning Inc. Retiree Association, Northside High School Alumni, and CGW Engineering Monthly Meets. He volunteered for the US Grand Prix and was sworn in as Deputy Sheriff to help with the races when he was young. He enjoyed watching NASCAR and going to the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auctions.
Those wishing to make a donation in George’s memory may do so at: “George’s Traditional Annual Champagne, Strawberries & Shortcake Father’s Day Celebration,” beginning Father’s Day 2019 to benefit the Brain & Behavior Foundation. (Autism to Alzheimer’s) to be held at 18 Vine Street, POB 554, Hammondsport, N.Y. 14840