George Finkbeiner

Obituary of George Finkbeiner

George Dewey Finkbeiner, 86, of DeWitt, New York and a long-time summer resident of Clayton, New York, passed away peacefully after a valiant battle against cancer on February 2, 2017. He was the son of the late George D. Finkbeiner and Marion Barber Finkbeiner of Syracuse, New York. He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Stephanie Harding Finkbeiner, in 2009. His only sibling, Mary Finkbeiner McCann, also predeceased him. George graduated from Most Holy Rosary High School in Syracuse, attended LeMoyne College and graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Industrial Engineering. While at Syracuse, he was also a member of Beta Theta Pi where he formed lifelong friendships. George enjoyed a long, successful career at Carrier International where his travels throughout the world provided the basis for his legendary stories. He formerly resided in Riverside, Connecticut, Fayetteville, New York and Athens, Greece. He was a member of the Cavalry Club and the Antique Boat Museum in the Thousand Islands.

His greatest joy was sharing his life-long love of the St. Lawrence River with his children and grandchildren.

He is survived and will be sorely missed by his daughter, Lisa (Keith) Hilpl of Skaneateles; a son, Kurt (Cherie) Finkbeiner of DeWitt; and a son, John Karl (Laura Munson) Finkbeiner of Buffalo. He is also survived by the loves of his life, his grandchildren, Zoe, Ian and Grace Hilpl, Courtney and Cassandra Finkbeiner and Isabel and Caroline Finkbeiner; several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, February 11th at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Church, DeWitt. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery, DeWitt. Calling hours will be 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday at Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel, 3690 Erie Blvd East, DeWitt.

Contributions in his memory may be made to the Yeazel Catholic Education Endowment Fund c/o Holy Cross Church, 4112 E. Genesee Street, DeWitt, NY 13214 or the Antique Boat Museum, 750 Mary Street, Clayton, NY 13624.