George Edwin Sisson Sr.

George Edwin Sisson Sr. of Gerry entered the gates of heaven Nov. 5, 2013.

George was born Sept. 25, 1937, in Machias, N.Y. to Glen & Mabel (O’Neil) Sisson. He graduated from Delevan Machias High School in 1956, Bryant & Stratton Business Institute in 1958 with an accounting degree, partnered on the family’s dairy farm until 1961, and received an associate degree in office management from Alfred State University in 1963.

Following graduation, George worked for National Biscuit Co. in Buffalo, N.Y. and Battle Creek, Mich., before purchasing a dairy farm from The Gerry Homes (Gerry, N.Y.) in 1967. He was then employed by Marine Midland Bank (Jamestown, N.Y.) from 1970-94 as an assistant vice president where he effectively managed the Farm Plan division. After retiring from banking, George served as a financial consultant for Gramco (Springville, N.Y.) until retiring again in 2011. Known for his work ethic, infectious smile and laugh, there was neither a farmer nor a restauranteur in Upstate New York that he didn’t know. He loved people!

George was active in community as a member of the Gerry Free Methodist Church (since 1967), coached Gerry Little League Baseball, and was a member of 4-H and Rotary.

He also served on the Parents’ Council at Roberts Wesleyan College. He is fondly remembered for supporting his children and traveling to see them participate in sports and other activities at Cassadaga Valley Central School, Roberts Wesleyan College, or wherever life took them.

George thoroughly loved the annual Family Camp at Cattaraugus Christian Camp and demonstrated his sincere commitment to the camp’s ministry by serving as the chair of the board of trustees for several years.

George was preceded in death by his parents and his brother John (Madeline) Sisson of Portville, N.Y.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Nancy Johnson Sisson; his daughter, Cheryl (Michael) Heimberger of North Chili, N.Y.; and four sons: Glen (Kim) Sisson of Wolcott, Conn., George Jr. (Kim) Sis-son of Jamestown, Kenneth (Patricia) Sisson of Lakewood Ranch, Fla., and Karl (Laura) Sisson of Gerry. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren: Megan, Luke, Nicole, Jillian, George III, Casey, Caleb, Jacob, Taylor, Andrew, Brock, Hannah, Charles, Carter, Zachary, Isaiah and Lily. George will be fondly remembered as a dedicated and generous father and grandfather who took great pride in his kids and grandkids and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with family, including many loving relatives.

Visiting hours will take place at the Gerry Free Methodist Church this Friday from 5-8 p.m. and one hour prior to Funeral Service at the church which is this Saturday at 11 a.m.

Burial will follow in Gerry Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Jordan Funeral Home (Sinclairville).

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to Gerry Free Methodist Church (PO Box 357, Gerry, NY 14740) or Cattaraugus Christian Camp (c/o Jason Strong, 102 Hillary Drive, Rochester, NY 14624).