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World War II vet, former Fredonia mayor St. George dies

One-time village of Fredonia mayor, World War II veteran and longtime business owner Charles St. George has died.

An incomplete announcement is included in today’s edition with a full obituary to be included in the weekend edition. St. George served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Alaska where on its final World War II mission it was to prepare for the final invasion of the main island of Japan and support units of the Sixth Marine division and Army troops in the occupation of the country.

“After the war and my enlistment was completed I returned to my hometown of Fredonia,” he said in 2011. “I married my wife Norma (Berry) St. George on Sept. 2, 1950. I was employed for 32.8 years at Allegany Ludlum Steel which turned into ALTech. Later in my life I had the honor and privilege to serve the fine people of Fredonia as its elected mayor for eight years. I became so fascinated by the area and its homes that I started the St. George Realty.”

That business was in operation for 61 years before St. George closed the business when he reached the age of 90. He stated in the article that he enjoyed meeting so many people and servicing their real estate needs and wishes to thank all of his customers and clients for putting their trust in him. He also noted that he wrote more than $19 million in sales contracts from 1997 to 2015.

In 2016, he was honored as Business Person of the Year by the student-run Business Club at the State University of New York at Fredonia. He also was heavily involved in many community organizations, serving as president of the United Senior Citizens for numerous years and was a leader in the Northern Chautauqua County Club Association.

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