George Franklin Kesner
George Franklin Kesner, 78, of Sarasota, FL, formerly of Port Washington and Fredonia, NY died Dec. 17, 2008 from complications of Parkinson's Disease. A memorial service will be held on Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, 48 Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset.
Kesner was born on July 14, 1930. He graduated from Fredonia High School in 1948 and received his bachelor's degree in education from SUNY Fredonia in 1952. He saw active duty in Korea aboard the USS Mansfield as a communications officer in the Navy from 1952 to 1954.
He taught in the Port Washington public schools for 40 years. An avid ecologist, he was particularly fond of bird study and bird watching. George was also a first-class cribbage player and a talented artist. He taught his students about birds and used cribbage as a tool to teach math.
He was a member of the Manatee Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bradenton, FL and of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset for 32 years.
He is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Zed Kesner, his daughter Jennifer Kesner and son Matthew Kesner, both of Mesa, AZ. His brother Robert Gloor, of Fredonia, his sister Sharon Howell of Easton, CT, stepdaughters Beth Dorfman of New York City, Dr. Jeijei Feinberg of Bogalusa, LA, five grandchildren and many nieces and nephews also survive.
Contributions in George's memory to the George Kesner Memorial Scholarship Foundation, SUNY Fredonia, Fredonia, NY, 14063, would be greatly appreciated.