St. George is guest speaker in City of Dunkirk

Charles St. George will be the principal guest speaker at the Dunkirk Joint Veterans Memorial Day Services in Memorial Park today.

St. George was born and raised in Fredonia. Follow-ing his graduation from Fredonia High School in 1943, he was drafted into military service and elected to serve in the Navy.

Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, and under the G.I. Bill of Rights, he attended the Chown School of Business and graduated in 1949 with an associate’s degree in accounting.

He was later employed in the accounting department at the Allegheny Ludlum/AL Tech Steel Corp. for 31 and a half years, where he served as a payroll supervisor for the last 13 years of his employment until his retirement in 1983.

He served in the United States Navy from 1943-46, serving 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. During his active wartime service he earned medals for China Service, American Cam-paign, Asiatic-Pacific Cam-paign with three battle stars, World War II Victory, Navy Occupation, Philippine Lib-eration, Combat Service, Commemorative Service, Asiatic Pacific Victory Commemorative (victory over Japan), Overseas Ser-vice Commemorative and the United States Navy Commemorative Medal. In addition, he has been the coordinator of the U.S.S. Alaska reunions for over 28 years as well as the editor of the U.S.S. Alaska newsletter, the “Northstar.”

St. George is a very active member of St. Anthony’s Parish in Fredonia and has volunteered his services in the beautification of the church grounds and bookkeeper for the church and former Fredonia Catholic School. He is also a lifetime trustee of the church. He serves on the parish council, has been a lector for over 40 years, and is a longtime member of the St. Vincent DePaul Society, for which he serves as treasurer. One valued award was the Lay Award of St. Joseph the Worker which was presented to him by Bishop Mansell. He then joined the Knights of Columbus, Cardinal Mindszenty Assembly 727 and has been a longtime Faithful Purser. He received the “Knight of the Year” award in 2004.

He is a Life Member of the Fredonia American Le-gion 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.

For many years he has been the president of the United Senior Citizens and a founding member and former treasurer of Share & Care Seniors. St. George is a life member of Fredonia Exempts Firemen, a former member of the Fredonia Fire Department where he served as president of the Barker Hose Co. and the Fredonia Firemen’s Drum Corp.

He served on the Board of Directors for CIAO. At one time he served as president of the once-known Northern Chautauqua In-dustrial Club.

Other organizations he belongs to are the Loyal Order of the Moose, Life Member of the Fredonia Beaver Club, Northern Chautauqua Club Assoc-iates, Elderly Men’s Cock-eyed Association, Charter member of the Cassadaga Job Corps. Community Relations and AARP.

In 1970 he founded the Concord Party and was elected as Village of Fredonia trustee. In 1971 he was elected mayor of Fredonia, serving in that capacity until 1979. During his tenure as mayor, he served on many committees for the New York State Conference of Mayors, as well as president of the Chautauqua Conference of Mayors and first president of the Western New York Associa-tion of Villages. He headed the completion of the sewage treatment plant, the Fredonia Fire Hall, the DPW building, and started enhancing Russell Joy Park.

In 1985 he was asked to serve as the treasurer for the Village of Silver Creek, which he did for two and a half years. He was the chairman of the committee to construct the Ed Eagan Little League Baseball Field located on Clinton Ave. in Fredonia. In 1991 he was elected to the Fredonia Central School Board of Education and served one five-year term.

St. George has been in the real estate business for almost 50 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 an award for Best Team Player.

St. George is married to his wife of 62 years Norma (Berry). They have four children, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.