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Aug. 26, 1928 – June 27, 2014

Chris George, a longtime history teacher, died Friday in his Lackawanna home. He was 85.

Born in Velusina, Macedonia, Mr. George immigrated to the United States as a child and brought with him a commitment to family and community and the values of hard work and education. He began college when he was employed at Bethlehem Steel and was the father of four children, earning a master’s degree from SUNY Buffalo State.

In 1973, Mr. George began his 30-year career at West Seneca School District teaching history, a subject he enjoyed. He retired in 1995. Active in local politics, he was founder of the B.O.Y.S. Association, a youth baseball league in Lackawanna, and was a founding member of the Steel Plant Museum of Western New York.

His wife of 64 years, the former Margaret “Peggy” DePasaquale, died in 2013.

Survivors include two sons, Joseph and Christopher; two daughters, Ellen George Kaney and Nancy George Molnar, and five grandchildren

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Wednesday in Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Lackawanna.