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George J. Dawson, Jr.

ALBANY – George J. Dawson, Jr., 89, of Albany, died Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Delmar.  George was born in Jersey City, NJ, but lived in Albany since childhood.  He was a graduate of St. John’s High School in Albany, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.  He was employed for many years by the U.S. Post Office in Albany, retiring as Superintendent of Mails.  George was an avid fisherman and hunter and loved to cook, play bocce, cards and checkers.  He enjoyed investing in the stock market.  George was a diehard New York Yankee/New York Giants fan.  He also was a member of the Italian American Community Center in Albany. George’s favorite saying was, “God put it there, God will take it away….especially when it comes to shoveling snow.”

George is survived by his beloved wife Mary Christopher Dawson; his children George J. Dawson, III (Mary Ellen) of Libertyville, IL, Robert C. Dawson of Manhattan, Jeffrey C. Dawson (Gamila) of the Bronx, and Joan M. Dittmer (Kenneth) of Albany; his grandchildren Emily Thompson (Michael), Sabrina, Sara and Adrianna Dawson, Devin Dawson, Ian and Logan Dittmer, Liz Jensen, and Alan Dwyer; his great grandchildren Dylon and Liam Thompson, Aliza Jensen, and Arden Belle Schuett, and by several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his daughter Susan M. Dawson, his brother Martin Dawson, and his sister Dorothy Emma.

The Dawson family would like to thank the staffs of St. Peter’s Hospital, Hospice, and the Good Samaritan Nursing Home for the wonderful care they provided to George.

Funeral services will be held in the Hans Funeral Home, 1088 Western Ave., Albany, Wednesday morning at 9:00, and from there to the Parish of Mater Christi, Hurst Ave., Albany at 10:00.  Relatives and friends are invited, and may call at the funeral home Tuesday from 4-8 p.m.  Interment will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice of Albany, 445 New Karner Rd., Albany, NY 12205.  To leave a message of condolence for the family, send a sympathy card, or obtain directions to the funeral home, please visit

Click here to view George’s resting place in St. Peter Shrine at Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Colonie, New York.

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