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George York

October 18, 1957 ~ March 14, 2023 (age 65) 65 Years Old

George York Obituary

"Mr. George", and "Big Love" peacefully departed this  

life on March 14, 2023. George was born October 18, 1957, to Willard and Elvira York  in Monticello, New York. Growing up he and his family attended the United Methodist  Church in White Lake, New York. He was educated through the Monticello Central  School System and graduated from Monticello High School, June 1977. After  graduation, he entered the Job Corps in Washington State. He moved to Albany, New  York around 1991 where he attended and volunteered with SPARC. He then began  his commitment and service to the recovery community and was an inspiration to many. It was there through friends that he received the name “Big Love” for his big  heart to help people. He loved to tell jokes and was a big practical joker and always  had a story to tell. He loved to bowl and was in one of the Albany bowling leagues.  He was also an excellent basketball player and played in the Recovery Tournaments  in the 90’s.  

George worked diligently with many community programs and especially with the  South End Children’s Café where he was a volunteer and served many children.  Whatever activity was planned or going on he was there to help. George was  recognized for his contributions and leadership to assist the children even through the many hardships of food shortage faced during the COVID-19 pandemic. He was  recognized for his tireless efforts by the New York State Assembly, and the Recovery  Community. He received many certificates, citations, plaques and more. George will  certainly be missed by all the children, and the many friends he has made along his  life’s journey. 

He leaves to cherish his memory three sisters: Claretha York of NYC, Rev.  Elizabeth Woodard (Artrice, Jr.) of Atlanta, GA, Margaret York of Buffalo, NY, three  brothers: Jesse Willard-York (Thelma “Sandy”) of Monticello, NY, Robert Ingram of  Cohoes, NY, and Cecil Carter of Fort Lauderdale, FL, six nieces:  Denise Palmer, Buffalo, NY;Terinah York, Monticello, NY;  Arlisa Ann  Woodard-Brown, Atlanta, GA.;, Corrinah  Martin, Covington, GA; Jessica York William, Miami, FL; Alexis York, Liberty, NY;   five nephews SeanYork, NYC, NY; Jesse Wilson, LA, CA; : Omar  A. Woodard, Bremen, Germany - Special friends: AliceJenkins, Buffalo, NY,  and Maryann Cornel. Albany, NY;   and a host of other family and friends. He was  preceded in death by his parents; Two sisters:  Ruthann York and Maggie B. Palmer  two  brothers:  Steven York and Melvin York.. 

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March 18, 2023

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Reigning Life Family Church
33 Rensselaer Street
Albany, NY 12202

Funeral Service
March 18, 2023

12:00 PM
Reigning Life Family Church
33 Rensselaer Street
Albany, NY 12202


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