George Ira Atwell Jr, 89, died peacefully at his home after long battle with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
His family was able to fulfill his final wish to die in the home that he built 60 years ago while attended by his cherished family.
George was born in Mount Vernon, New York to Kathleen (Baker) and George Ira Atwell. He attended Blessed Sacrament High School and then Middlebury College where he achieved a Bachelor Degree in Economics.
After serving in the United States Army in Germany, George returned home to Red Hook, NY. He eventually met and married Jean (Conte) and settled in Germantown, NY. George and Jean raised six children and were very active in local church, school, and service organizations. He served on the Germantown School District Board of Education, assuming the role of president for one term. He was one of the founding members of the Germantown High School Booster Club, a former Town Assessor, and served on the assessment board of review as well as on the high school Student Exchange Committee.
After Jean died in 1983, George was fortunate to later find a new partner to share his life with. George and Virginia (Evans) have now been married over 26 years. Together, they have enjoyed wonderful trips to Europe and Australia, canoe camping in the Adirondacks, and RV camping throughout the U.S. George and Ginny cherished celebrating holidays and reunions with family and friends, and spending quiet evenings on their porch in their lovely home in Germantown.
George was a talented craftsman and enjoyed working with his hands. In addition to his family home, George built rock walls, out buildings for the family pets and a multipurpose shed for his workshop and hang out room for his kids. He enjoyed camping, gardening, reading, 8 O'Clock coffee, a good cabernet, and listening to polka music on Sundays.
George is survived by wife, Virginia Evans Atwell; his sister, Ann (Atwell) Keyser; his children, George (Janet) Atwell, Gail Tucci, Angela (Jim) Carlucci, Kathleen (Len) Kalmer, Paul (Christine) Atwell, and Jonathan (Patricia) Atwell; his stepchildren: Robert Pagano, David (Linda) Pagano, and Michael (Debra) Pagano; 23 beloved grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; along with extended family and friends.
Pre-deceased by his parents, George and Kathleen Atwell, first wife, Jean (Conte) Atwell, brother James Atwell, grandson Daniel George Kalmer, Son in law; Peter Tucci.
A Celebration of George's life will be held in the summer of 2022.
Memorial donations can be made to the Albany Medical Center's- Bernard and Millie Duker Children's Hospital in memory of his grandson Daniel George Kalmer.
Special thanks to the staff of The Community Hospice of Columbia and Greene Counties for their support through our difficult time.
Arrangements are under the direction of Burnett & White Funeral Homes 7461 S. Broadway, Red Hook, NY.