- February 21, 2015
- East Elmhurst, New York
of George 's Passing
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“George was a fine gentle person who always had a smile and a joke to tell. He and I and Manny Gold (of blessed memory) dined together often, usually...Read More »
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“George was a class act, he had a great sense of humor and always a delight to share a meal with. He was a dedicated public servant and will be missed...Read More »
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“I had the pleasure of having George as a friend for all the years he served in the Senate.I will always think fondly about his humor,but also his...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Bill Stachowski - Lake View, NY
“George was an outstanding Member of the NY State Senate.He was an exemplary Public Official. Dedicated,devoted to his constituents and beyond...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Fred Ohrenstein - New York, NY
“George was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. I am so proud to have served in the Senate with him. May he Rest In Peace.
5 of 8 | Posted by: Jeff Korman - Albany, NY
“Senator On or a to was a class act, a real gentleman, and an outstanding public servant! I next to George for many years in the NYS Senate and he was...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Anthony M. Masiello - Buffalo, NY
“We miss all the meals and parades on Crescent Steet. We'll all miss you.
Love, Donna & Ed, Bill and Rob
7 of 8 | Posted by: Donna Onorato Gallucci - Roanoke, VA
“4th of July parades!!! 8))
8 of 8 | Posted by: joe divito - New York, NY
Former New York State Senator George Onorato peacefully passed away at his home in East Elmhurst, Queens surrounded by his children and family on February 21, 2015 at the age of 86.
At this time of his parting we celebrate the life of a distinguished gentleman and statesman who was loved and respected by his community as a public servant and by his family. He was very well known for his humorous one liners which seemed to roll off his tongue with ease. He followed his father's advice to speak little but mean a lot. For those who knew George are well aware he loved to be out on the golf course. His love of Golf had led him to achieve 2 holes in one.
He was the youngest of 5 born to Italian immigrants Maria Racana and Biagio Onorato from Accettura, Basilicata, Italy on November 5, 1928 in College Point Queens. He attended PS 84, JHS 141 and Long Island City High School. He served in the US Army in the 118th Medical battalion during the Korean War where he received the Presidential Citation.
Prior to his election to the New York State Senate in 1983, he was a bricklayer, then secretary treasurer of bricklayers local # 41 from 1968-1983. During this time period he was an active member and president of the Regular Taminent Democratic Club and served as district leader for many years.
He was elected to the New York State Senate in 1983 where he served until 2010. He was co-sponsor of the Used Car Lemon law. He served as a member of the Senate Minority leadership team and Assistant Majority Leader/Liaison to Executive branch. Former Senator Onorato was beloved by his constituents and respected by his colleagues on both sides of the floor. Throughout his tenure in the NYS Senate, George Onorato had been a strong advocate of New York's working families, consumers, senior citizens, veterans and children, sponsoring many laws of importance which have had a positive impact on all of the people of NY.
Senator Onorato has made significant contributions to the welfare of his community of which he continued to support until his death. He was instrumental in getting the Aquatic center built for the Boys and Girls Club here in Astoria.
He received the distinguished Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2001 for being able to fulfill the American Dream, for which his parents immigrated to America for. He received this not only for his personal accomplishments but also for what he gave back to his community.
He is preceded in death by his first wife Josephine Onorato who passed away in 1990 from a long battle with cancer and by his second wife Athena Georgakakis, also after a long battle with cancer. Senator Onorato is survived by his children, Joanne Onorato, George Onorato and Dr. Janice Onorato, grandchildren Sophia, Anastasia, Joseph, Mia, George, Louis, and great grandchildren Cameron and Skylar.
Donations may be made in his memory to SHAREing and CAREing Cancer Support Services 45-02 Ditmars Blvd in Astoria NY.