Woodgate- George F. Stooks, 87, of Woodgate Road passed away in the comfort of his home on June 16, 2017. He was born in New Hartford, New York on December 31, 1929, a son of Franklin and Helen Beck Stooks.
He grew up in Marcy and graduated from Whitesboro High School in 1947. He entered the United States Army in 1951 and was honorably discharged in 1953 after being stationed in Alaska. He moved back to Marcy and was employed at Bendex Corporation and in 1976 purchased Angil Tool, Rome and operated the business in Stittville, retiring in 1992. On September 10, 1974 he married Geraldine Revette at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Rome. He was a member of the Leon R. Roberts Post American Legion, Holland Patent. The couple moved to their present home in 1992. George enjoyed hunting and fishing and his camp at White Lake.
George is survived by his wife, Geraldine; his children, Martha Wetzler, Canastota, Ellen and Bob Ross, Orlando, Fl., Ann and Bill Mason, Costa Mesa, Ca., Cindy and Joe Gerrard, West Leyden, George Jr. and Cindy Stooks, Honeyoe, NY, Jody and Cal Southwick, Ilion, Steven Stooks, Woodgate, Jean and Warner Cox, Boonville, Jennifer and Kevin O’Brien, Glenwood, NY, Judy and David Hoffman, Central Square and Mary and John Stark, Floyd; 20 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; two sisters, Harriet Byland, Ilion and Katie Cottrell, Oakridge, Tenn. He was predeceased by two grandsons, Josh and Jared Wetzler and two sisters, Elizabeth Humphrey and Nancy Carey and two brothers, Franklin and Bernard Stooks.
A Mass of Christain Burial will be celebrated on Friday, June 23, 2017 at10:30 a.m. at St. Mary of the Snows, Otter Lake with Rev. Thomas Ward Officiating. Calling hours will be Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Mills Funeral Home, 301 Post St., Boonville, NY. Burial will be in Woodgate Cemetery with military rites rendered by the Harland J. Hennessey VFW , Charles J. Love Post American Legion and the Tun Tavern Leathernecks Marine Corp League. Contributions may be made in his memory to Woodgate Volunteer Fire Department. For an online message of sympathy please go to www.millsfuneral