George C. Boise
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George C. Boise
  • March 8, 1928 - April 28, 2017
  • Durhamville, New York

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George C. Boise, 89, passed away Friday, April 28, 2017, at the Bethany Gardens Skilled Nursing Center of Rome, NY. He was the son of George S. Boise and Marjorie Bartlett Boise Gigee. George was born on March 8, 1928 in Sherburne, NY and was raised and educated in Sherburne. On October 6, 1945 he married Reta (Money) Boise at the New Berlin Methodist Church. A union just eleven days short of 70 years. Reta passed away September 25, 2015.

Beginning in 1950 George and Reta ran their dairy farm in Preston, NY. In 1957 George was one of three area farmers who received a plaque as "Outstanding Young Farmer" presented by the Norwich Jaycees. In 1958 he served as Co-chairman of the Executive Committee of the Norwich Township Grange Hall. In 1958 he received trophies for Grass Silage King, Hay King and Corn King of Chenango County presented by the Chenango County Extension Service and the National Bank and Trust Company of Norwich. In 1959 he received Blue Ribbons for First Place second cutting of Alfalfa and First Place for second cutting of Clover, at the Hay and Grain Show sponsored by the Chenango County Extension Service.

George was a 31 year member of the Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service and in 1959 he was nominated by the Executive Committee of the Chenango County Extension Service to serve as the Town of Preston representative of the Dairy Committee of the Agriculture Department.

George was a Charter Member of the Chenango County "Fourth of July Club" sponsored by the National Bank and Trust Company of Norwich and for the years 1961 through 1967 he received certificates for completing first cutting of hay by July 4th. Also, from 1961 -1963 he was an FHA Committeeman for Chenango County.

George was a member of the NYABC and instituted a 100 % Holstein breeding program. In 1961, in an Evening Sun article, he was interviewed by a representative of the NYABC and when asked about his success in dairy farming, he replied, "It takes hard work and good management".

On November 8, 1977 George was elected Town Councilman for the Town of Preston to serve from 1977 to 1981. On November 4, 1979 he was elected Supervisor of the Town of Preston on the Republican ticket.

Beginning in1975 he was a member of the Chenango Valley Farmers Cooperative Co., Inc. of the Oxford milk plant and held the offices of Director and Vice President. For many years George was a member of the Tractor Pull, Modified Division at the Chenango County Fair sanctioned by the NYS Farmers Tractor Pull Association, Inc. and participated in pulls with his John Deere 2520 tractor.

After retiring from farming George worked for several years as a carpenter in Cortland. Thereafter, he worked as a driver for De Tec Limo Service in Norwich and later drove privately for individuals mainly to and from New York City airports. During the latter years of their retirement, George and Reta lived with their daughter Vicky, In Utica and Durhamville and enjoyed fishing, swimming and boating on Oneida Lake.

George always enjoyed the outdoors including deer hunting and ice fishing. He also was an avid snowmobiler and in the late 60's participated in several local snowmobile races. In the years 1963 - 1979 George enjoyed bowling in several leagues including The Oxford Commercial Bowling League (Thompson Fuel), the Town & Country Bowling League (Cossitt Motor Express) and the Merchantile Bowling League (Paul's Exxon).

George and Reta also enjoyed their camp in Preston that George took pride in building. He and Reta loved playing cards with family and friends and were members of the West Side Senior Citizens in Norwich. They also enjoyed traveling throughout the United States having toured 48 of the 50 states.

George is survived by his daughter, Vicky B. Alexandra of Durhamville, NY, his sisters Marcia (Wayne) Martin of Rome, NY, Mary Ellen (Joseph) Guilliani of Amsterdam, NY a brother Mark Boise of Whitesboro, NY along with several nieces, nephews, cousins, many friends from Chenango County and his companion, the family beagle, Polly Anna.

George was predeceased by his wife Reta and a sister Orilla Kindig in February 2013.

Vicky would like to thank the following special family and friends who were so supportive during her dad's illness; her significant other Jack Williams of Durhamville, Marcia and Wayne Martin of Rome, NY, Fran and Charlie Joseph of Sherrill, NY Jim and Sharon Wainman of Homer, NY Brian and Dee Ward of Edmeston, NY, Donna and Irv Hobin of Holland Patent, NY, Dan and Carol Urtz of Blossville, NY and Tom and Joanne LaFaivre of Camden, NY.

A funeral service for George will be held on Thursday at 2:00 pm from the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home. The Rev. Nancy Hale, Pastor of the Broad St. United Methodist Church of Norwich will officiate. Interment will follow in the Mt. Hope Cemetery. Friends may call at the R.J.Fahy Funeral Home on Thursday from 12-2 pm.