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George G. Vincent

SALISBURY — George G. Vincent, 97, of Salisbury died on Jan. 18, 2019, of natural causes. 

George was born in Sewickley, Pa., on Aug. 17, 1921, to Lewis and Norma G. Vincent.

George served in the Army Signal Corps during World War II. In 1949, he married Virginia “Bunny” Burgwin of Sewickley Heights, Pa. Soon after their marriage the couple moved to New York City where George studied music at Juilliard. 

In 1955 George and Bunny moved to Lime Rock with the first three of their four children. George was the organist and choir director at St John’s Church in Salisbury for 15 years. 

In addition to music he loved hiking up Mount Riga, playing Scrabble, telling jokes and solving the New York Times crossword puzzles (with red felt tipped marker). 

He had a passion for all aspects of horse racing, working a number of years as manager of his mother-in-law’s stable Barberry Farm as well as owning and racing his own thoroughbreds. He will be remembered for hosting very popular junkets to Saratoga Race Track every August.

George was active in many local civic and arts organizations throughout his lifetime including The Salisbury Association Land Trust, The Sharon Creative Arts Foundation, the Berkshire Chapter of Recording for the Blind, Music Mountain and The Northwest Music Association.

He is survived by his four children: Suzannah V. Dalzell, Margaret C. Vincent, Thomas G. (and Cathie) Vincent, and Virginia (and Richard) Sperry; and three grandchildren, Rebecca, Bronwyn and Collin. He was predeceased by his parents, his wife of 62 years and many of the friends he made throughout his long life.

There will be a memorial concert in Salisbury sometime later this year. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Church in Salisbury, the Berkshire Chapter of Recording for the Blind in Lenox, Mass.,  or The Salisbury Association Land Trust.