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Joseph Shnob

Obituary of Joseph George Shnob

Joseph "George" Shnob passed on to his well-deserved final reward at age 85, following a recent decline in health. Born January 29th, 1937, to Edmond and Leona (Yelle) Shnob, he was given the name Joseph George Shnob, however his family and friends always knew him as George. He was the youngest of five children including one brother Paul Shnob, and three sisters, Mary (Shnob) Monica, Pauline (Shnob) Lafreniere and Gloria Shnob. His parents and all four siblings had predeceased him. George grew up in Mooers Forks, New York and graduated from Mooers Central School in 1954. Soon after he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years until his honorable discharge. Then, while gainfully employed by the Grand Union Super Markets, he began to pursue his higher education. He achieved a degree in Humanities and Social Science from Clinton Community College and then continued to his Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Canadian Studies from Plattsburgh State. He then followed up with his Master of Arts and Science degree from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. George parlayed his education into a career as the Registrar and Adjunct faculty at Clinton Community College, where he worked from 1972 until his retirement in 2002. During his tenure there, George also taught French conversational courses on campus and tutored border customs and immigration groups in the French language to assist them in their duties. George's lifelong love of music lead him to sing with the Barbershop chorus and Barbershop Quartet, as well as numerous community gatherings and church groups. He taught himself to play and read music for both the piano and organ, which brought him to become the chorus conductor and organist at St. Peter's Church in Plattsburgh for over 36 years. For many years he also provided the music for Catholic services on Saturdays at Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. His musical talents made him in great demand to play and sing at many weddings and funeral services throughout the North Country. George was also the founding Director of the Sweet Adeline's Chorus in 1968. In retirement, George found time to direct the acclaimed musical group Madrigal Singing Chorus in Franklin Center, Ormstown, Quebec. In 2017 George was honored with a special Musical Tribute in appreciation for his contributions to the service of people and music in the greater community and received "The Senator Ronald Stafford Award" for public service. A lifelong bachelor, George was a gregarious man about town, enjoying the fine cuisine of many dining establishments in the North Country and beyond. Generous to a fault, he would quite often pay the bill for all who joined him for a meal, refusing any argument to the contrary. His generosity was always in the forefront and extended whenever he perceived there was a need. Emersed in his job and his music, George lived a simple life with his rescue cat(s) to keep him company. His personal pleasure was an occasional day trip to the Casino, supplemented by his daily scratch off tickets. George's musical career abruptly ended just after his 80th birthday, when he suffered a debilitating stroke, leaving him with limited us of one hand. George decided it was time to sit back and enjoy the good life, as he moved into the Samuel F. Vilas Home in Plattsburgh. There George found his "Happy Place" enjoying the care and comfort they provided, the delicious meals and the companionship as he always joined in all their daily activities. George was predeceased by four nephews: Donald Monica, Morris Monica, James Lafreniere and Mark Lafreniere. He is survived by several nieces: Fran Jenkins, Jane Woods, Jackie Dennis, Lynn Tolosky, Carol Schnob, Margaret Palmatier and Susan Monica, and nephews: Fr. Alan Shnob, Roger Lafreniere and Joe Monica. He is also survived by several grand nieces and nephews. In his final years his niece Jane (Lafreniere) Woods and her husband Bob Woods became his caregivers. George touched the lives of many people with his generous spirit and his music. He will be missed by many and loved by all who came to know him. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, February 28, 2022 at 11 am at St. Augustine's Church in Peru. Burial will be held at a later date in St. Ann's Cemetery in Mooers Forks. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Clinton Community College's "George Shnob Scholarship." Special thank you to the nursing and all the staff at CVPH 7th Floor. Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 294 Mannix Road, Peru, 643-9055.
Monday
28
February

Mass

11:00 am
Monday, February 28, 2022
St. Augustine's Church
Main Street
Peru, New York, United States

Final Resting Place

St. Ann's Cemetery
Woods Falls Road
Mooers Forks, New York, United States