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April 7, 1929 – Jan. 20, 2014

George K. Minton, a retired auto plant foreman, died Monday under hospice care in his Grand Island home after a struggle with cancer. He was 84.

The descendant of pioneer settlers of Wales and Wales Center, he was born in Buffalo and attended Burgard Vocational High School. He served in the Naval Reserve during the Korean War.

After working for Buffalo Tool and Die, Mr. Minton had a 35-year career at the General Motors Tonawanda Foundry, retiring in 1990 as a general foreman in inspections and a contract engineer.

A member of St. Stephen Catholic Church on Grand Island, he was active in Catholic Charities, the Holy Name Society and St. Stephen’s School.

A member of the Knights of Columbus for more than 50 years, he was a grand knight of Mary Star of the Sea Council 4752, and a faithful navigator of Isaac Jogues Assembly Fourth Degree. He also served as a district deputy.

He was active in the Republican Party and was an election inspector.

A Grand Island resident since 1960, he volunteered with his wife for the Skating Association for the Blind and Handicapped, the Variety Kids Telethon and auctions to benefit the music program in the Grand Island schools.

He also was a member of the Buffalo Irish Center and Niagara Frontier Post 1041, American Legion.

An accomplished oil painter who favored Irish scenes, seascapes and portraits, he won awards locally and exhibited at the Lewiston Art Festival and the Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts.

He was a member of the Buffalo Fine Arts Society and the Grand Island Arts Society.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, the former Eileen Deeley; three daughters, Peggy Whitmire, Kathleen Watson and Barbara; twin sons, Paul and Peter; a sister, Carol Withrow; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday in St. Stephen’s Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island.