Lewis—George H. (Bucky) Sweatt, 71, of Lewis, New York died at home on October 2, 2016 surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on August 3, 1945 in Elizabethtown, NY to Lester (Bud) and Barbara Sweatt. He graduated from Willsboro Central School in 1965. He served in the United States Navy completing four years of active duty service. Over the course of his career, he worked for New York State DEC, CVPH Medical Center, and served as a supply clerk for NYCO Minerals in Willsboro for 40 years until his retirement.
Bucky was a leader in the community. He served as a member first in the Essex Fire Company beginning at the age of 16 and later served as a member of the Willsboro Fire Department, Elizabethtown-Lewis Emergency Squad and member of the Lewis Fire Department until his recent illness—more than 50 years of community service helping others. Bucky served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Lewis Fire Company and volunteered with other various service groups including at the Lewis Congregational Church Cemetery.
Beyond Bucky’s many work and civic accomplishments, his greatest joy was being a devoted husband to his wife, Karen Brown, and father and grandfather to his children and grandchildren, all of whom loved him very much. Anyone who knew Bucky understood his giving nature and could count on his loyal friendship.
Bucky’s favorite recreational activities were hunting and fishing with his family and “buddies.” He was the catalyst and the leader of countless hunting and fishing trips in his beloved Adirondacks.
Bucky is survived by his loving wife, Karen Brown, his two sons and their wives: Kenneth and Becca Sweatt and Korey and Cheryl Sweatt of Willsboro, NY, his sister Susan and her husband, John Drinkwine, and his three grandchildren Darrian, Brady, and Bryant. His is also survived by his step-sisters and brothers Cheri Weston, Bonnie McDougal, Greg McDougal, and Bob McDougal. Beyond his immediate family, he was loved dearly by his nieces and nephews, cousins of Karen, and their children and grandchildren.
Calling hours will be from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7 at Heald Funeral Home in Elizabethtown, NY. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 8 at 12:00 noon at the Lewis Congregational Church in Lewis, NY. Burial will follow in the Lewis Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the Lewis Fire Department, the Willsboro Fire Department, the Elizabethtown-Lewis Emergency Squad, or North Country SPCA.
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