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George Edward Priest

In loving memory…

George Edward Priest — On Jan. 14, 2016, George passed away in North Fork, Calif., after a long battle with cancer. He was at home surrounded by loving friends and family. He was 90 years old.

George Edward Priest2George was born in Barnard, VT, on Jan. 24, 1925. He was the fifth of nine children born to Bernice Addie and Robert Earle Priest. He was fond of saying he was born on the day of an eclipse.

He was active in baseball and football and enjoyed working in the woods and being outdoors. He enjoyed backpacking, fishing and reading almost anything non-fiction.

George served in the U.S. Army as a Field Lineman from July 1943 to March 1946. He was also a member of the Artisan Lodge of Winchendon, MA.

He met Betty Louise Hood in North Fork, Calif., and they married in December 1953. George worked for the U.S. Forest Service and Betty was a teacher at North Fork Elementary School. He performed Snow Surveys for 23 years and worked for the U.S.F.S. until he retired in June of 1975. Following his retirement, he worked as a Foreman at the Bonnie B Ranch in North Fork for several years.

George is survived by his sisters Reta Warman and Phyliss Ward, his sons Edward, Richard, Roger and their families as well as the many, many beloved friends and neighbors of his local community.

George will be buried alongside his beloved wife Betty at North Fork Cemetery on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m. with a Memorial Reception to follow at North Fork Town Hall at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in George’s name to the Salvation Army or your local Hospice organization.

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