George Hendricks Jr.

George James Hendricks Jr., 57, of Margaretville was called home to be with our Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. He passed away peacefully with his family around him and the pride and joy of his life, his sons, Nathaniel and Adam, at his side.

George was born on November 29, 1954 at Margaretville Hospital. He graduated from Margaretville Central School in 1973.

George was a member of the Margaretville Fire Department for 38 years. He served as fire chief for five years and 16 years as an officer. He took great pride in serving the community he loved so much.

George loved the Catskill Mountains, especially the New Kingston Valley. He was an avid deer hunter, outdoorsman, and will be a forever member of “Camp Whitetail.” He had a passion for local history, genealogy, gardening, and golf.

He worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Town of Middletown Highway Department for 35 years. He served as Historian for the Town of Middletown, was on the Board of Directors for the Historical Society of Middletown, and Chairman of the Old Stone Schoolhouse Committee. George was a longtime Elder of the Margaretville-New Kingston United Presbyterian Church, past member of the New Kingston Valley Grange, and a member of the 1975-76 Whoop-De-Doo Committee.

For 14 years, George worked part time for Kingdon Gould Jr. in Dry Brook and upon retirement, worked for the New Kingston Animal Sanctuary.

George leaves behind his beloved sons, Nathaniel and Adam Hendricks of Margaretville; his mother Elizabeth (Betty) Hendricks of Margaretville; sister Lori Ballard and her husband Ernest of Denver-Vega; nephew Garrett Ballard of Margaretville; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, close cousins; and his loyal dogs Turner, Bow, and Gunner.

George was predeceased by his father, George Hendricks Sr.

Calling hours were held on Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 at the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.
A funeral service was held on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at the Margaretville-New Kingston United Presbyterian Church in New Kingston with Pastor Shirley Davis officiating. A committal service followed at the Margaretville Cemetery Annex.

In lieu of flowers, donations in George’s memory can be made to the Margaretville-New Kingston United Presbyterian Church or the Margaretville Fire Department.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.