We last met about 15 yrs ago when Fr. George celebrated mass at the Cathedral of the Transfiguration in Markham . Did share a few phone calls but never got to Binghamton for dinner at Sharkey’s as we’d planned.
Fr. George Sandor, OFM Conv. died suddenly at Ss. Cyril & Method Friary, Binghamton, NY on September 25, 2013 at the age of 68. Born in West Palm Beach, FL, he was the son of the late George and Evelyn Sandor. He is survived by his siblings Kenneth (Linda) Sandor of Roebling, NJ, Gloria Sandor of Long Beach Island, NJ, Robert Sandor of Bordentown, NJ and Maria Sandor of Glen Burnie, MD as well as his many Franciscan brothers and sisters. He is also survived by several nieces, nephews and their children. Fr. George professed his first vows as a Conventual Franciscan Friar on August 31, 1964 in Middleburg, NY and his solemn vows on August 30, 1969 in Rensselaer, NY. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 20, 1972 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Albany, NY.
After ordination, Fr. George served as Associate Pastor at the Franciscan Church of St. Bonaventure, Toronto, Canada for two years. This was followed by five years of advanced theological studies at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, Italy. Upon his return to the States; he served first as Professor of Dogmatic and Sacramental Theology at St. Anthony-on- Hudson Seminary, Rensselaer, NY and then as Associate Director and Director of the Candidacy Program at San Damiano Friary, Holyoke, MA. During this same period he was Professor of Franciscan Studies at St. Hyacinth College and Seminary in nearby Granby, MA. He returned to Toronto to continue his theological studies for a number of years and was subsequently assigned to Ss, Cyril and Method Church in Binghamton, NY, where he served as Associate Pastor from 1995 to 1997 and as Pastor from 1997 until the time of his death.
Fr. George was a gifted friar and a talented musician. His life was characterized by a deep appreciation of everything Franciscan, by a love of the Eastern Rite Tradition in which he was raised, by a deep fondness of music and liturgy, and by a wonderful sense of humor together with an engaging personality. There will be a viewing on Sunday, September 29th from 2:00 to 7:00 PM at Ss. Cyril and Method Church, 148 Clinton St., Binghamton, NY. The Parastas Service will be at 4:00 PM, the Franciscan Wake Service at 7:00 PM. A concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Ss. Cyril and Method Church at 11:00 AM on Monday, September 30th. Interment will be in the Friars’ Plot in Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery, Trenton, NJ on Tuesday at 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Fr. George may be made to: Conventual Franciscan Friars, P.O. Box 629, Rensselaer, NY 12144. Arrangements by Sedlock Funeral Home, Inc., 161 Clinton St, Binghamton.
Published in Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin from September 28 to September 30, 2013 – See more at: http://www.facebook.com/l/5AQH5gkqUAQGAR4skWLHaJ-Kk3Zx_S-eP7T7wIifKn0Tkqg/m.legacy.com/obituaries/pressconnects/obituary.aspx?n=george-sandor&pid=167179748&referrer=0&preview=True%23sthash.soNrYit9.dpuf
from a note from Mitch Biskup:
“…He was a wonderful brother, world class talent that chose a life dedicated to the Good Lord. I will remember him as the kind, helpful energetic soul with a great sense of humor. No doubt he will be missed by his parishioners con-friars, his family and us. May he rest in Peace. I’m saddened by this news. I only wish I could have been in touch with him after 1968. …”