George W. Markham

George W. Markham, 98, died on July 21, 2014, at Hope Hospice in Ft. Myers, Fla.

He was born April 11, 1916, and reared in Ripley N.Y.

George worked at the General Electric Company in Erie, Pa., for about 40 years, starting in the GE apprentice course and eventually holding a number of managerial positions in locomotive parts manufacturing until retiring in 1976. He and his wife Frances then enjoyed an active retirement in Florida and spent summers with family and friends at their cottage on Chautauqua Lake in Dewittville, NY.

George served on the Ripley Board of Education for many years, was a past master of Summit Lodge in Westfield, and held leadership positions in his Florida community. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and all outdoor activities. He liked to travel and spend time with his family and friends. A lifelong learner, he was especially interested in shells, fossils and Indian artifacts. A display of his arrowhead and dart point collection can be seen in the Ripley Library until the end of August.

He is survived by his daughters: Jaclyn Markham (Gregg Sablic) of Levittown, N.Y., and Ft. Myers, Fla., Cynthia Wragge (Arden) of Gerry, N.Y., and Joan Wszolek (Philip) of Phoenix, Ariz.; grandchildren: Diane Foggi (Nicola) of Round Lake, Ill., and Brian Wragge (fiance, Kristi Constantino) of Lakewood, N.Y; sisters-in-law: Maxine Markham and Helen Eidens; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews who will all miss him greatly.

He was predeceased by his wife, Frances; his parents, Leon and Lora Markham; a sister, Mary Woodcock; and brothers: Thomas and Emory ”Pat.”

A memorial service will be held in Ripley N.Y., at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hope Hospice at 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908.