WARRENSBURG - George R. Nemec - a man who was well-known in the area for his various business accomplishments, generosity, zest for life and community service - was recalled this week by his friends who grieved his passing.
Nemec died April 28 at Glens Falls Hospital of cancer. He was 58.
"This is devastating," said Barbara Combs, who worked with Nemec for years on organizing Warrensburg's annual World's Largest Garage Sale. During the 1990s, Nemec served as president of the Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce, and Combs was the event chairwoman.
"George always helped the town out a lot," she continued. "He took so many hours out from his work, and he was on the go from morning to night - He will be missed by many, many people."
Warrensburg Town Supervisor Kevin Geraghty recalled Nemec's unselfish service through the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co. For years, Nemec had served as Fire Chief of the organization.
"We lost a very good citizen, a staple of our region," Geraghty said. "He gave 100 percent to the fire company as well as the town and the community."
Geraghty recalled the considerable effort Nemec expended on the group's activities, including the Smokeeaters' Jamboree, particularly this event's annual auction.
"We had a lot of good times with George, that's for sure," Geraghty continued.
Local funeral director John Alexander recalled George Nemec's business acumen, his considerable generosity, and his community work.
"George Nemec was as big as life, and he will be hugely missed," Alexander said. "George was always working - not only to provide for his family, but for the benefit of the entire community."
Alexander regularly buys deer feed and firearms at Nemec's Sport Shop and Farm & Garden Center in uptown Warrensburg.
"George built up Nemec's which is an integral part of our town and its Adirondack tradition," Alexander added.