George R. Prokop, 79, of Fish House Road, Broadalbin, died at home Saturday, December 22, 2012, following a brief illness, with his loving family at his side.
He was born in Broadalbin on November 26, 1933, a son of Roman and Sophie Rebisz Prokop, and was a 1951 graduate of Broadalbin High School. George was a lifelong area resident.
George was employed at Mohasco Industries and later in the sporting goods department at Larrabee's, both formerly in Amsterdam. George co-owned and -operated Ferguson & Prokop Trucking & Excavating in Broadalbin for more than 25 years, retiring in 1993. He also served a term as town councilman in Broadalbin.
George was a lifetime member of St Joseph's Church in Broadalbin and was a member of its former Holy Name Society. He was also a member of the former Amsterdam Skeet Club and a former member of the Fish House Fish & Game Club.
George was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He loved playing the guitar and singing and was a devoted New York Yankees fan who thought the world of former manager Joe Torre. He took great pride in his family and always enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
He was predeceased by two sisters, Alice Blake and Mary Lou Bien, and a grandson, Ryan Canary.
Survivors include his wife, the former Patricia A. Farley, whom he married on May 29, 1955; a son, James R. Prokop of Broadalbin; three daughters, Darlene (Edward) Hayes of Norfolk,Va., and Deborah (Mark) Canary and Dawn Gasner, all of Broadalbin; a brother, Edward (Marsha) Prokop of Broadalbin; a sister, Joan (Roger) Frament of Galway; six grandchildren, Kyle (Nicole) Canary, Cassandra and Kayla Prokop, Macey and Nathan Gasner, and Ashley Forfa; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph's Church, 7 North Street, Broadalbin, with Rev. Neil Draves-Arpaia officiating. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetery, Amsterdam. Calling hours will be held on Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home, Inc., 111 County Highway 106 (corner of Route 29 & Black Street), Johnstown. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph's Church or to Mountain Valley Hospice, both in care of the funeral home.