On February 25, George Wafer passed away peacefully at his home in East Burke, Vt. after fighting a battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his wife, Marian, and daughter Melissa with her husband Rob, and his beloved grandchildren Oliver and Ainsleigh.
He leaves behind a legacy of compassion, honor, and loving people.
He was a graduate of Columbia University and an Eagle Scout. Early in his OEM career he was referred to as the “Maverick” in and industry publication and was responsible for the development of the first lock out radio in the United States for Saab, solving theft problems.
He started with Audiovox, then introduced Clarion to the U.S. automotive aftermarket and then the OEM market.
George believed deeply in forming relationships with people and treated all of his business partners as family. He was a loving and kind man who made sure that everyone around him was well taken care of and was trusted by everyone who was fortunate enough to do business with him.
He also believed in giving and proved that through his work with children. He was the founding director and board member of the Clark Gillies Foundation. He was active in promoting the foundation and raising funds for children all over the United States through his business associates and friends. George’s commitment included providing office space and office services for the foundation as well. He was known for stepping up in a crisis and never saying “no” when asked for help. This commitment to people was extended to individuals as well as groups.
He continued his commitment to helping children by starting with Wafer Family Foundation with his wife Marian. He provided a recreational tradition and raised money for children in the small town of Burke Vermont by starting the annual Burke Mountain Sled Dog Dash over 6 years ago, which is how many people in Burke will remember him.
He wasn’t just a business man, he was also a man who deeply loved his family and extended that help to his family and friends. He believed in being a strong male role model and showing that hard work and determination will pay off in the future. He was proud of his Irish, Bronx heritage and as everyone who loved him knows he was proud to share his love of the New York Yankees to anyone who wasn’t lucky enough to already know about them. He lived his life surrounded by laughter and joy and will be missed by many.
“A great man is one who leaves others at a loss after he is gone”
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Bowling For Kids / January 28 2014
Bowling For Kids to support the Clark Gillies Foundation
Bowlmor Bowling Alley (formerly 300 Long Island)
895 Walt Whitman Rd. Melville, NY 11747
Kid-Friendly Bowling/ Heroes / Raffles / Bingo /
Pizza/ Unlimited soft drinks
Bowling for Kids – Wednesday January 30, 2013
All Proceeds to benefit Hurricane Sandy Victims on Long Island.
The Clark Gillies Celebrity Classic, August 6-9, 2012
A new format featuring a 2 day golf pro-am with a third day Celebrity-only golf match at a very exclusive Long Island Golf Club. The kick-off will be the Monday night party for players and sponsors. Each 3-man team will find out which great sports hero they will play golf with. It will be an intimate gathering and with two days of playing time each team will get to really know the celebrity they are playing with.
Our Bowling event was a rousing success. Supports were out to help us help the kids, have some fun, raise some money and raise awareness of our cause. Strikes , Spares, Prizes and Fun. Join Us at our next bowling event in Fall/Winter 2012. Let us know if you want to participate or become a sponsor.
Bowling for Kids – Sponsor a Family To Bowl $500$500
Bowling for Kids – Additional Bowler $100$100
Bowling For Kids – Lane Sponsor $250$250
Bowling for Kids – Video Sponsor $500$500
Bowling for Kids $1,000 Sponsorship Level – VIP Lanes$1,000
Bowling for Kids $2,500 Sponsorship Level – Food Sponsor$2,500
Bowling for Kids $2,500 Sponsorship Level – Raffle Sponsor$2,500
Bowling for Kids $5000 Sponsorship Level – Event Sponsor$5,000