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George Logan, 92, of Cooperstown, passed away Friday, July 23, 2010, at home, surrounded by loved ones. He was born July 16, 1918, in Brooklyn.
Husband, father, provider and wit, he was a cheerful, benevolent man bestowing love, support and wisdom to the Logan clan of New Jersey, Michigan, Florida, Washington, Massachusetts, Oregon, Tennessee, New York and Maryland.
Most of all he provided the men, women and children of his close-knit family with a model for a life lived in work that he loved, family and people who meant the world to him, and a faith that was simply expressed by living the Golden Rule.
After marrying his young sweetheart, Marjorie Lyon, and starting a family, he was called to war in the Pacific. He volunteered for the United States Navy and served in the South Pacific.
After returning home safely, he resettled his family in New Jersey. After working in engineering firms there, he joined the Oldsmobile Division of General Motors and transferred to Lansing, Mich., in 1960. He retired from GM in 1980, although he was called on as a consultant, on temporary assignments, for the company for many years after, adding testimony to the family joke that he was looking through the wants ads on the way home from his retirement party.
He adopted his new home state wholeheartedly and loved everything about the Great Lakes State, including the many life-long friends he made there.
After retirement, he and Marge moved to Venice, Fla. In 2008, he moved to Cooperstown to live and work there with his daughter and son-in-law as a member of the family-owned White House Inn Bed & Breakfast hospitality team.
But he never forgot the adventures of growing up in an Irish neighborhood in Brooklyn and often regaled family, friends and B&B guests with stories of his youthful high jinks.
Wherever he lived, he was a member of a Catholic parish and a member of the choir. He was most recently a member of the St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church Choir in Cooperstown.
He also loved working “part-time” in the tourist kiosk in Cooperstown, sharing the history of Cooperstown with visitors to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Induction weekend was his favorite time of year and it is fitting that he should be inducted into his own heavenly Hall of Fame on that weekend in 2010.
George is survived by his children, Marjorie Landers and her husband, Edward P. Landers Jr., and Patricia Dickinson and her husband, James Dickinson, all of Cooperstown, Joanne Logan of Riverdale, N.J., and James Logan and his wife, Stephanie of Englewood, Fla.; 16 grandchildren, Mark Anderson and his wife, Debbie of South Valley, Scott Anderson of Cooperstown, Tracy Hussey and her husband, Fred, and Amy Crean and her husband, Bill, all of Hingham, Mass., George Logan and his wife, Carolyn of Butler, N.J., John Logan and his wife, Ally of Sandy, Ore., Michael Logan and his wife, Lindy of Washuga, Wash., Jamie Mitchell and her husband, Andrew of Chesapeake City, Md., Jennifer Wey of Brooklyn, Lisa Wilson and her husband, Scott, and Tammy Morrow, all of Northport, Fla., Joshua Logan and his wife, Allisson of Tallahassee, Fla., Jacob Logan and his wife, Amber of Gainesville, Fla., James G. Dickinson and David L. Dickinson and his wife, Renette, all of Port Huron, Mich., and Mary Anna Dickinson and her husband, Karl of Ann Arbor, Mich.; 24 great-grandchildren, who lovingly called their great-grandfather, “Grandpa-Great George;” one sister, Ave Maria Bareham of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and many, many nieces and nephews.
George was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Marjorie, who died March 12, 2008; a son, George Joseph Logan, who died Aug. 6, 1999; sisters, Marie Rieb and Gloria Bergmann; and a brother, William A. Logan (affectionately known as “Uncle Bill,”) who died March 13, 2007.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at St. Mary’s “Our Lady of the Lake” Roman Catholic Church in Cooperstown, with Fr. John P. Rosson, pastor, presiding.
At a later date, George will be laid to rest with his wife, Marjorie, in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Index, with Military Honors.
Friends offered their respects to George and his family at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening, July 27, 2010.
A Prayer Service was conducted at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home with Fr. Rosson officiating.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in the form of memorial donations may be directed to Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care, 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta, NY 13820 or a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements were under the guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.
Published on  July 29, 2010
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