George would regularly visit 100 high schools every year. He was named an honorary alumnus by the SUNY Cobleskill Alumni Association in 1985.
After retirement, he and Joan traveled around the country and frequently entertained friends in their carriage house barn. They were active participants in the Coby Walkers group, walking many days on the SUNY track or in the field house. He was also a member of the Monday Night Club and served on the Administrative Board for the United Methodist Church in Cobleskill.
George is survived by his wife, Joan; sons, Keith (Joan) Berner of Hendersonville, N.C., and Kevin (Nancy Niles) of Richmondville; and grandchildren, Sarah Berner McGinnis of Yulee, Fla., and Alex Berner of Richmondville.
He was predeceased by siblings, Georgianna, Gerald and Geraldine.
Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb.17, 2013, at Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm St., Cobleskill.
A funeral service will be at the Cobleskill United Methodist Church, 107 Chapel St., Cobleskill, with the Rev. Pam Mikel Hayes officiating at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2013.
Spring interment will be in Cobleskill Rural Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to SUNY Cobleskill, State Route 7, Cobleskill, NY 12043 or the Cobleskill United Methodist Church, 107 Chapel St., Suite 1, Cobleskill, NY 12043.
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