E-8 Master Sergeant George Ori Jr., U.S. Army(Ret), "Cosmo" or "Cos" to everyone who knew him, passed away peacefully at home in Reber, N.Y., July 4, 2020.
The 4th of July was somewhat fitting as he had followed in his father's footsteps, and made a career of the Army and public service. He spent much of his time on military bases, one of which was "Hotlanta," as he called it. Part of his 22 years in the Army, he was sworn in as a Deputy U.S. Marshall, serving as a Sky Marshall, flying as a "passenger" with a loaded .38 and orders to "shoot to kill" should the plane be hijacked.
After 22 years, he retired from the army, returned to Willsboro and became the Housing Director for Hud in Essex County, N.Y., a post he held for 17 years.
Cos was also well known for his love of fast and unique cars. He owned a long series of amazing machines-a yellow Boss 302 Mustang, Corvette, Chevelle SS 396 an MG kit car he built himself, a Toyota Supra or 2 and his favorite...Dodge Challengers, including a 707hp "Hellcat" purchased at age 70! At some point Cos felt he ought to slow down a bit, so he traded the "Hellcat" in on a Challenger with "only" 495hp!
Cos is survived by his older brother, David and younger sister, Diane as well as their respective children, Keith and Susan and Dawn and Mackenzie, both of whom he is particularly fond. He was preceded in passing by his wife, Marie (2010) and his parents, George and Emogene.
A special memory for his nephew and nieces was waiting in the snowy front yard as children at Christmastime to see what new sports car Cosmo would arrive in for the holidays. They report being able to hear whatever he was driving long before they could see it, adding excitement to the reveal of the car cresting the hill in front of the Homestead. He was renowned for always having a great story, for being there when he was needed, and for being a great American. We are all still trying to find "Hotlanta" on the map.