2016-08-03 / Obituaries

George Ballantine

George Herbert Ballantine, 94, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at his home on his beloved mountaintop in Andes.

Born on April 16, 1922 in Kingston, he lived a full life, as an artist, singer, musician, road and bridge builder, and family man. As a young man, he attended the Julliard School and the Art Students League in New York City. After serving in the U.S. Army in Panama during WWII, he returned to Andes with his first wife, Patricia Smith.

The couple had four children: Carson Ballantine, Rebecca Ballantine, Poppy Ballantine and George Ballantine. He and his second wife, Arden Ballantine lived in Andes and had six children: Sandy Ballantine, Rachel Ballantine, Laura Ballantine, David Ballantine, Cynthia Ballantine, and Shelly Ballantine. All the children now reside in New Mexico, with his grandchildren and great grandchildren, except for his son Carson Ballantine, who lives in Berkeley, CA.

George has left a legacy of wonderful paintings of the Catskills and a collection of sculpture, which include earth works. He built the Andes Park, which bears his name, as a living memorial to the beauty of the Catskills. In his work in his construction company, he built bridges and roads, including the Bear Mountain Bridge. He moved dirt and rocks and spent a lifetime honoring the beauty of nature. He painted up until his last days at his home where he and his companion, Masha Leonard lived. Examples of his painting may be found on tumblr.com as ballantineinandes.

In lieu of flowers or donations, please plant a tree to honor his memory.

To send online condolences visit: www.ottmanfuneralhome.com

Arrangements were entrusted to the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley.

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