The Reverend Floyd E. George, III
The Reverend Floyd E. George, III
Let us remember with thanksgiving the life and ministry of Rev. Floyd E. “Skip” George, III, who entered the church triumphant on Monday, February 4, 2019 at Morse Life Health Center in West Palm Beach, FL. Skip had been at Morse Life Health Center since 2017 following a stroke.
Born June 25, 1942 in Norwalk, CT to Rev. Floyd E. George, Jr. and Irene, Skip grew up in Brooklyn, NY where he attended Erasmus Hall High School. At that time his father was serving Hanson Place Central Methodist Church. Skip attended Union College in Barbourville, KY. After flirting with a career in the foreign service, he decided to attend Hartford Theological Seminary to follow in his father’s, grandfather’s, great-grandfather’s, and great-great-grandfather’s footsteps and join the Methodist ministry. Skip was quoted in a New York Times article: ''I decided if I was going to shuffle papers I'd rather do it on behalf of God than for the State Department.''
Skip received his license to preach in the New York Conference in 1965 and became a full elder in 1972. He served an eclectic mix of parishes in urban, rural, and suburban communities. In Connecticut he served Woodbury, First UMC in Thomaston, and South Park in Hartford. In New York he served Cuyler-Warren Street in Brooklyn, Fordham in the Bronx, St. Paul and St. Andrew in Manhattan, Hampton Bays, Asbury-Crestwood in Yonkers; and Vail’s Gate in New Windsor. He also served as director of Covenant Community in Hartford for a year and spent several years in the Troy Conference. He retired in 2004, and served Rye UMC in New York for eight years in retirement.
To each parish that he served, Skip brought a passion for community engagement and outreach to youth and marginalized people that pushed congregations to open their doors wider and find ways to more fully involve themselves in the life of their community. A gifted church administrator, Skip was known for being able to cultivate new and active leaders in the congregations he served.
Throughout his adult life, Skip was an outspoken advocate for social and economic justice and racial equality. This work extended beyond the confines of his congregations and took him to places like Nicaragua and Mozambique. And though Skip spent his professional life within the United Methodist Church, he fought for many changes within it, particularly in his advocacy for the recognition of LGBTQIA members of the church.
Beyond his pastoral work, Skip was a board chair of West Side Campaign Against Hunger, president of the Protestant Foundation at Columbia University, and co-chair of the Fordham-Bedford Housing Development Corporation. As a young adult, Skip worked at Camp Wapanacki in Hardwick, VT, the first camp for the visually impaired in the U.S. He also enjoyed a long and happy connection to Camp Dudley in Westport, NY. Skip was a devoted father and friend, and a legendary cook. Some of the happiest times of his life were around the dinner table where, along with amazing food and wine, Skip also served up entertaining stories and in-depth conversations.
Skip is survived by his former wife, Ann George, who brought so much comfort to the final years of his life; his brother, Philip (Carolyn); his son, Evan (Diana McGuigan); his stepson Christian D’Andrea (Heidi); his stepdaughter Bethany Miller (Riley); and his grandchildren Jacob Martz, Quinlan and Adelheide D’Andrea, and Alice Miller.
A memorial service will be held at The Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew in Manhattan, 263 W. 86th St., New York, NY 10024 on May 11, 2019. In lieu of flowers, Skip’s family requests donations be made to Camp Dudley and Kiniya, 126 Camp Dudley Rd., Westport, NY 12993 or to West Side Campaign Against Hunger, 263 W. 86th St., New York, NY 10024.