HE SERVED HIS COUNTRY, HIS COMMUNITY and HIS CHURCH
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Charles St. George, age 94 of Fredonia, died Thursday October 3, 2019 at Chautauqua Nursing and
Rehabilitation Center in Dunkirk, NY. Charlie was the son of Frank and Frances St. George.
Charles St. George was born and raised in Fredonia, New York. Following his graduation from Fredonia
High School in 1943, he was drafted into the military service and he elected to serve in the Navy.
He served with the United States Navy from 1943-1946 aboard the U.S.S. Alaska (CB-1) in the Pacific and
participated in the battles of the Philippines, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and the China Sea. In his later years he
coordinated the U.S.S. Alaska reunions for 28 years and was the editor of the U.S.S. Alaska newsletter,
the “North Star”.
Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, under the GI Bill of rights, he attended the Chown
School of Business in Buffalo and graduated in 1949 with an associates degree in accounting. This was
where he met his future wife, Norma.
After his Mother died, Charlie moved back to Fredonia and was employed in the accounting department
at Allegheny Ludlum/Al Tech Steel Corp for 31 ½ years. For the last 13 years of his employment he
served as Payroll Supervisor until his retirement in 1983. In 1985, he was asked to serve as Treasurer of
the Village of Silver Creek. He did that for 2 ½ years.
In 1970 Charlie founded the Concord Party and was elected as a Village of Fredonia Trustee. In 1971, he
was elected as Mayor of Fredonia, serving in that capacity until 1979. During his tenure as Mayor, he
served on many committees for the NYS Conference of Mayors. He served as President of the
Chautauqua Conference of Mayors and the first President of the WNY Association of Villages. During his
time as mayor, he headed the completion of the Sewage Treatment Plant, the Fredonia Fire Hall, the
DPW Building and started enhancing the Russell Joy Park. While Mayor he always made sure the Barker
Common Parks were in pristine condition.
Charlie was also in the real estate business for 61 years. After obtaining his Broker’s License, he
established his own firm, St. George Realty. He was also a member of the former BNI (Business Network
International) and was the recipient of the “Best Team Player” award. In 2016, he was honored as the
Business Person of the Year by the student run Business Club at the State University of New York at
Charlie was a life member of the Fredonia American Legion Post 59, life member of VFW Sheridan
Memorial Post 6390, Sampson WWII Veterans, Navy Club of USA, Ship 231 and charter member of WWII
Memorial, Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation. He was a life member of the Fredonia Beaver
Cluband the Fredonia Fireman Association. He was a former member of the Fredonia Fire Department
where he served as President of the Barker Hose Co. and the Fredonia Fireman’s Drum Corp. He served
on the board of directors for CIAO and a one-time president of the once known Northern Chautauqua
Industrial Club. He belonged to the Loyal Order of the Moose, Northern Chautauqua Club Associates,
Elderly Men’s Cockeyed Association, and was a Charter Member of the Cassadaga Job Corp Community
Besides his community work Charlie was a very active member of St. Anthony’s Parish in Fredonia. He
volunteered his services as bookkeeper for church and former Fredonia Catholic School, along with
groundskeeper for beautification of the church grounds. He served on the Parish Council, was a lector
and a trustee for many years. He was a member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society and had been their
treasurer for many years. One treasured award he received, along with his wife Norma, was the Lay
Award of St. Joseph the Worker, which was presented to him and Norma by Bishop Mansell in 1977. He
joined the Knights of Columbus Council 7921, became a life member and served as treasurer. He was a
current member of the Knights of Columbus, Cardinal Mindszenty Assembly 727 and was a longtime
Faithful Purser. He received the “Knight of the Year” award in 2004.
Although Charlie had an abundant professional and social life, his kids and grandkids will remember him
most for all for his Italian sayings, being a jokester, short yet sweet phone conversations, love of food
and family gatherings.
Charles is survived by his wife Norma of 69 years, four children: Dr. Sally St. George (Dr. Dan Wulff) of
Calgary, Canada; Charles H. (Marilyn) St. George of Nashua, New Hampshire; LuAnn (Peter) Proper of
Fredonia; and Jude St. George of East Northport, NY; eight grandchildren: Jessica (Kevin) Koloen, Jacob
(Amber) Proper, Dr. Joshua (Lindsay) Bald, Jill (Chad) MacGregor, Andrea Proper (Julio Alvalle), Maureen
St. George, Katy (Brett) Shaver and Nina St. George; Eleven great-grandchildren: Kaitlyn, Alina, Tiernan,
Elizabeth, Katherine, Evelyn, Charles, John, Lyla, Joseph and Harper; step-brothers Frank St. George and
Russell St. George, sister in-laws Jean St. George and Laura Wright; brother in-law Art Goldhawk, and
many nieces and nephews. Charlie is predeceased by: twin grandsons, his siblings: Jake (late Jean,Carm)
St. George, Louis (late Geraldine) St. George, Gertrude (late Charles) Pagano, Anthony (late Nancy) St.
George, Sam St. George and step sister, Rita O’Brien.
Visitation hours are Saturday from 7-9pm, Sunday 2-4pm and 6-8pm at the LARSON-TIMKO Funeral
Home, 20 Central Avenue, Fredonia, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anthony’s
Church, (Cushing at Orchard Sts.), Fredonia, NY on Monday at 10 am. (Please assemble at Church),
where Military Honors, accorded by the Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council, will follow the funeral Mass.
Interment will be in St. Anthony’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Charlie’s
memory may be made to the Dunkirk Joint Veterans Council c/o David Tabor, 3569 E. Main Rd., Fredonia, NY 14063 or the St. Anthony’s Church Building Fund, 66 Cushing St., Fredonia, NY 14063.
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