George James Charney

George James Charney, husband, dad, grandpa, WW II Navy veteran, scientist, lifelong learner, loyal friend, go-to guy, 89, passed away December 12, 2013, at his home in Johnstown.

Born April 5, 1924, in West Wyoming, PA to Rosalie and Stephen Charney, the last of 13 children, he graduated from high school and joined the Navy. A plank owner of the CA-135 heavy cruiser class USS Los Angeles, he served proudly in WW II and moved to Johnstown shortly after the war’s end. There he met and married Pauline Tima with whom he built a life and family over the next 65 years. He had a long career with General Electric, working in the Research and Development Center in Niskayuna for more than 35 years, helping to develop technology and products that have changed the way we live and work. Contributing to numerous patents, George’s final work focused on developing practical silicon chip circuitry and miniaturization. He retired from GE in 1987.

Together with his wife Pauline, who survives, he raised four children, Ronald Charney (Mary) and Karen Riley (Peter) of Johnstown, Janet Williams (Sterling) of Geneva, FL, and Ann Danise (Randy) of Gloversville. He enjoyed fishing trips, swimming, golfing, and travel, preferring sunshine and warm climates. An avid woodworker, his artistry was evident in the home that he built himself, and the gifts he gave to friends and family. As a first generation Slovak-American, his cultural heritage was a cornerstone of his life. He was a member of St. Anthony’s Church of Johnstown, serving as a member of the Parish Council, an usher, a member of the Maintenance Committee and as a member of the Men’s Club. He also served as a member of the Knights of Columbus. He valued and emphasized education and service, volunteering also for Meals on Wheels.

George loved his family, his friends, his work, gardening, music, dancing, and was a loyal Boston Red Sox fan. He loved his dog, April and spent his final years supporting animal rescue. He doted on his seven grandchildren, James Riley (Mary), Kate Riley, Jennifer Charney Rockwell (Erik), Michael Danise, Andrew Danise, Jolie Thomas and Jordann Thomas and was delighted to welcome two great grandchildren, Kendall and Evan Riley, into his life.

George was predeceased by his parents; and his siblings, John, Gus, Edward, Frank, Sam, Joseph, Ralph, Steven, Irene, Mary, Ethel, and Gertrude.

The family invites friends to call between 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 21, 2013, at Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, 51 Fremont Street, Gloversville, where a Celebration of Life will follow at 11:00 a.m. George will be laid to rest at a later date with full military honors at Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Pixel Fund Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 653, Gorham, ME 04038 (, the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 608, Gloversville, NY or the charity of one’s choice.