George Vincent Lyons, 92, died Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at Rutland Regional Medical Center.
George Lyons was born in Troy, N.Y., May 25, 1924, son of Emma C. Ahearn and William J. Lyons. He was a 1941 graduate of St. Joseph’s High School, Troy, N.Y., a 1950 graduate of Siena College, Albany, N.Y., and went on to receive his doctor of dental science degree from Columbia University, N.Y., in 1953.
Lyons married Maureen Foster on June 11, 1955. The couple lived in New York City, Tarrytown and Scarborough, N.Y., before moving to Killington in 1993.
George Lyons’ dental career began in New York City in 1955 and continued until his retirement in 1993.
Lyons was an accomplished organist and pianist. As a child he played the organ for St. Joseph’s Church in Troy, then played the piano professionally as a teenager at various Catskill area resorts. Later in life he frequently played for various church and civic organizations and for the enjoyment of his family. He spent much of his spare time gardening around his various homes and achieved a certificate as a master gardener.
After learning to ski at the age of 42 he was a regular season pass holder at Killington Ski Resort. His other interests were golf, travel and various charities.
George Lyons was an veteran who served in the U.S. Seventh Army in the European Campaign during World War II. He was wounded in action in Hatten, Alsace, France, on Dec. 15, 1944, and was awarded the Purple Heart.
Surviving are his two sons, Joseph Foster Lyons of Trumbull, Conn., and Gerard Lyons of Bend, Oregon; his daughter, Anne Sengebush of Monroe Township, N.J.; and his six grandchildren: Ryan Sengebush, Cara Sengebush, Max Lyons, Alexandra Matyger, Douglas Lyons and Jane Lyons. He was predeceased by his spouse, Maureen Lyons and two brothers, Joseph Lyons and Bill Lyons.
Lyons was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and Christ the King Church, Rutland. A funeral mass was held Saturday, May 27, at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Rutland. Burial followed in Riverside Cemetery in Killington. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Church, 416 3rd St., Troy, N.Y. 12180. Additionally a fund has been set up in honor of George Lyons at the Sherburne Memorial Library.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Clifford Funeral Home.