George Albert Huston, Jr.
George Albert Huston, Jr. was born to George and Alida (Stalker) Huston at the Chatham Hospital on June 6, 1942. He was the oldest of five children. He attended Chatham Central School. He worked at Golden’s garage during high school and with a close friend would repair and race cars at Lebanon Valley.
He went to work as a grounds keepers for the Columbia Box Board Corporation until he listed in the Army Corp of Engineers in 1964. He served in Germany for 18 months as a heavy equipment operator. Upon leaving in December of 1967 he returned home and back to the Box Board as a finisher. On February 15, 1969 he married Irene Shay and they lived at -1 Wentworth Court in Chatham. In November of 1971 they moved to Water Street in Ghent where they resided for 16 years. During that time he joined the Ghent Volunteer Fire Company eventually becoming Chief. George took a great interest in the fire service and attended Empire State College to learn as much as he could about firefighting.
In the process he receive his GED. In 1987 they moved to Fish and Game Road in Claverack. George had always wanted to have his own auto repair shop and in 1992 he retired from the box board and opened the Mobile Lube and auto repair where he first learned about cars from Babe Golden. In 1994 he became ill and o closed the business with feeling he had achieved his dream. After surgery on both lungs he was able to do light work and he joined the Chatham Rescue Squad in 2000 driving ambulance until 2009. At about the same time he proudly became a member of the Columbia County Hazmat Team getting the truck to a scene, doing fit testing and providing information at community functions. He loved the fire service and heartbrokenly retired due to illness. In 2008 they moved to Valatie. Where on Friday, March 6 he succumbed to his illness.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Irene, a sister Kathy (Don) Curfman of Liberty, NY, brothers John (Gail) of Athens, Mark (Debbie) of Ghent and numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his sister Peg (Rocco) Bondonna of Clementon, N. J. He was a member of New York State Association of Fire Chiefs, Columbia County Fire Chiefs Association, the Firemen Association Of the State of New York, Columbia County Firefighters Association, Ghent Volunteer Fire Co -1, Columbia County Hazmat Response Team, Chatham Rescue Squad and The American Legion.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Columbia County Fire Chiefs Association. We wish to thank the people of Hospice for all their help.
Family will receive friends on Friday, March 13th from 4 to 7pm at the French, Gifford, Preiter & Blasl Funeral Home, Chatham. Services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday at noon with interment to follow at Ghent Union Cemetery. Condolences may be convey at frenchblasl.com.