George R.
GREECE: Sunday, April 22, 2007 at age 62. Survived by his loving wife, of 42 years, Dianne Pettifer; sons, Jeoffrey (Suzanne) Pettifer, Bob Pettifer; daughter, Amie (Michael) Romansky; sister, Nancy (William) Boltz; grandchildren, Kara, Elizabeth & Hailey; many dear friends, nieces and nephews. Friends may call Tuesday 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Vay-Schleich & Meeson Funeral Home 1075 Long Pond Road. His Funeral Service will be held Wednesday 10:30 AM at Lakeview Community Church, 30 Long Pond Road. Interment, Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Lakeview Community Church in his memory.

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  1. A memory that I have always cherished about being your neighbor:
    Frequently, when I was outside during the summer I would hear George shout ‘Tiger!’ Upon hearing that, I remember wishing to myself that one day I too would have a man like him calling out such a humorous, loving and interesting nickname as ‘Tiger’ and I hope to someday find such a love that exists between the two of you, of which I had the privilege of experiencing for 12 years as your neighbor.

  2. Dad I just want to thankyou for all you have done for me. Even though we didn’t see I to eye on everthing, I knew I could always count on you to be there. There is more you in me than you will ever know. Thank you for accepting Suzi as one of your own. That meant more to me than anything thing else you did. Thank you for being Poppie too. The girls will NEVER forget you. I guess in the end, time passes too fast. There is never enough time. I always thought you would be there. You carried the world on your shoulders; always worring about everyone else but yourself. I know in my heart I will see you again strong as ever. And right now looking down on me putting your hand on my back saying its alright Geoff its alright. Ive cried more tears these last three days than I have in very long time not for you because I know you are much better off now but for me. I miss you Dad-I miss you! I hope some day I am half the man you were.

    Geoff

  3. Dad thanks for everything you given me and done for me. its going to be hard , when i am coming in from being out in the boat and you are not going to be there to greet me. Dad mom will be taken care of to the day I leave this earth. you are and will always be my best friend.

    I love you

    Bob

  4. Dear Geoff and Suzie, So sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers to you and your family.
    Tammy and Dale Adams sister and brother-in-law.

    Lisa & Greg barrett
    Greece, Ny

  5. Diane and Family,
    I just recieved a phone call from my brother Jerry and I’m hoth shocked and saddened to hear about George. It’s been so long ago but it’s like yesterday we all were young and foolish, running around Grandview Heights, and now to know one of my ‘best’ childhood friends has passed away is really upsetting. I’ll always cherish our years together and even though I can’t be there with you all I want you to know my heart, thoughts and prayers are with you. ‘Gordie’ was a great guy and I’m looking forward to the day I see him once again in heaven.
    Love you Diane,
    Butchie Barker

  6. Diane, I am sad to hear about George. While a long way from you and many years have past, memories of George and his great sense of fun are still with me. Thinking of you!

  7. Dianne, Alot of years have passed since our high school year but I will always remember what fun loving couple you and George were. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this time.

  8. George & Dianne,
    Our reunion committe will never be the same. We’ll really miss you, George. Our thoughts and prayers are wih you and your family.

  9. George was a good man and we will miss seeing him at the hockey games. Thank the LORD that he is at peace. We are praying for an extra measure of comfort for each of you.
    Be blessed.

  10. George, Marc and I have always believed God led us to our home next to yours. God gave us to you to show us how to be a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. You took our kids into your home and heart, you genuinely cared when you talked with them and in their hearts you were their grandfather. Kevin and I were shopping for a baby gift and as we walked down the isles he said ‘Mom, you’re going to be a grandparent just like George and Dianne.’ It’s the nicest compliment I have ever had, I hope I can live up to the standards you have set. George, you will forever be in our hearts, and thank you for letting us into your life.

  11. Hello Diane and Family..

    I am saddened to hear of George’s passing..

    I offer my sympathy to you at this time..
    We have been in Florida all winter and was sorry that I could not attend the funeral…
    Hope to see you sometime…………
    Sincerely, Karen

  12. I am so sad to hear the news. George, I’ve had such great admiration for you as both a father and husband. I wish I had taken the time to share those thoughts with you. Dianne, Geoff, Bobby, and Amie – my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  13. I was unable to make the wake, however, wanted to let you know that I am so very sorry for the loss of ‘Uncle’ George. It’s been a long time since I have seen anyone, but I cannot even imagine losing my father. It must be extremely difficult; take care of yourselves and each other. He is always with you now.

  14. Papi George, we will miss your laughter and smerky smiles, but especially your love. Georgie drew you a rainbow of Gs to put in your pocket, I am certain that from now on every rainbow we see will remind us of your love. Your gentle voice and hug surrounded me when my Dad passed through the clouds, which is something I can still feel and hear everyday. I have always been so thankful for you and Gammie and the amazing example of true love you have always been and always will be for Nick and I. Being married to your best friend and sharing your love with the world has touched so many lives. I know your love will shine through the eyes of everyone who had the pleasure of being touched by such an unshelfish and wonderful angel. We love you so much and miss you already. Love Nick, Lori Anne, George and Jack xo

  15. Pettifer memories:

    Holiday Dinner gatherings for over 30 years, long political discussions, fast ferry, cable bills, vacations, flying to Florida, the best way to put in a dock, 4th of July party with over 100 of your closest friends and almost blowing off the dock with fireworks, children, grandchildren, parents, births, deaths, fishing, breakfast on the breakwall, fathers day breakfast, Bobby’s clam bake, being a great brother in law and going to listen to rock in roll music all night, but really enjoying Rejoice Band every Sunday! snowmobiling, waterskiing, Eastons cottage, Meyers cottage, Atlantic City,and always remembering to say ‘I love you’ to all the children, every time you see them.
    I will keep these memories in my heart forever!

  16. Such great memories of George and you Diane – always a smile on your faces to brighten everyone’s day. John’s and my thoughts are with you.

  17. Thank you George for welcoming us to the neighborhood four years ago and always being there to talk too. You were a great neighbor and we will miss your puttering around your garage and Jerry’s as well. Rest peaceful, you deserve it.

  18. There is nothing stronger then a fathers love for his daughter and you are a testament’s to that. You have 3 wonderful children and their foundation was built by two wonderful parents.

    George (Dad) You will never know how happy I was that you gave me your daughters hand. I will make this promise that I will always love and cherish Amie as you did.

    I love you – You will be missed dearly but will always live in our hearts.

    Son in Law – Mike

  19. To the Pettifer Family,

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. May God be with you through this loss. We will be praying for your family.

    Sherry Dixon
    Kayla Dixon
    (Donna Napier’s Sister & Niece)

  20. To the Pettifer Family,

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. May God be with you through this loss. We will be praying for your family.

    Sherry Dixon
    Kayla Dixon
    (Donna Napier’s Sister)

  21. To The Pettifer Family,
    Our deepest sympathy to all of you.
    George worked with me in Photo Chemicals at Kodak for many years. He was truly a dedicated employee. I enjoyed working with him very much.

    Pat Giunta

  22. To the Pettifer Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I know that your great strength, family and friends will help you at this time of loss.

  23. To the Pettifer Family,
    The short time I knew your husband, father, father-in-law and grandpa, I saw a kind man who would give you the shirt off his back. He welcomed my son into your family and always made his guests feel welcomed. As a co-grandfather to Hailey and soon to be her brother or sister I give you my word that whatever function I share with my grandchildren grandpa George will be a part of it. They will grow up knowing both of their grandfathers.

    George,
    You will always be in my prayers. I know you are in the eyes of God. Please put in a good word for me.

  24. To the Pettifer Family….. Uncle George touched our lifes in so many ways that it would take months to talk all about it…. I don’t think many kids grow up having such loving friends that they call them aunt and uncle, but you guys are such a part of our family I can’t imagine it any other way…. Life will be so different without Uncle George, but his memory will always live in us all and we will go on remembering him worring about us all on a daily basis… He touched Andrew’s life and the little time he spent with Megan was wonderful… We will miss you Uncle George, but we will will never ever forget you… We love you!! The Marean Family

  25. Uncle George. (Or Beep Beep)
    I found this poem on the computer. (I added a couple of words)
    A THOUSAND TIMES WE NEEDED YOU, YOU ALWAYS THERE, A THOUSAND TIMES WE CRIED
    IF LOVE ALONE COULD HAVE SAVED YOU, YOU WOULD HAVE NEVER DIED.
    A HEART OF GOLD STOPPED BEATING, TWO TWINKLING EYES CLOSED TO REST.
    GOD BROKE OUR HEARTS TO PROVE HE ONLY TOOK THE BEST.
    THERE WILL NEVER GO A DAY YOU WILL NOT BE IN OUR HEARTS AND SOULS.
    I just wanted to say thank you uncle, for accepting my husband, taking him under your wing, when he needed it. You were his second father! You taught him so much, and accepted him, the way he was. All the Lowes, and Home Depot runs, he will surely miss. You also showed my children sooo much love. Just like a grandfather would. Ryan was very sad you had to go to heaven, and wanted to say goodbye. He will truly miss you, and the candy you would bring him. You left so fast, we didn’t get to say goodbye, I know you wanted it that way, but it just hurts, not to say goodbye. So, my Uncle George, we will go on, and make you proud. I know you would want it that way. Till the day we meet again’¦ goodbye Uncle George.
    Ps, Did you know I loved you?

  26. We will miss you dearly, as the older I become I realize how important family is and how important life is. We are so busy some times and we don’t stop and just sit back and talk and listen, but I did this week, listening to all of you kids speak so proudly of you (Uncle George) made me realize how important my mom and dad are to me. I’m lucky that I am apart of this family. Thank you for being you and making my family so proud.

  27. You will be so missed! You are the best Poppie I could ever ask for. I am blowing you one last kiss to heaven.

    I caught yours back!

    Love,
    The Destroyer

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