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George Nye
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In memory of
George Nye
George Robert Allen Nye died peacefully at M.S. Hershey Medical Center on November 30, 2019 surrounded by his family. He was 76. George is survived by his wife of 39 years, Cynthia (Rogers) Nye; his children, Jennifer Griffin and her husband Christopher Griffin of Rock Hill, SC, Cheryl Wagner and her husband Robert Wagner of Hershey and Brian Krause and his wife Jennifer Zimmerman Krause of Hershey; his grandchildren, Leslie Griffin of Rock Hill, SC, Rachel (Wagner) Reutiman and her husband Harrison Reutiman of Lancaster, Cole Wagner and wife Sarah (Cope) Wagner of Palmyra and Grace Wagner of Lancaster; his sister, Ann Reigle, and her husband Thomas Reigle of Hershey and nephew Douglas Reigle and wife Suzanne of Harrisburg. George was born on March 24, 1943 in Hershey, Pennsylvania to George and Frances (Jacobs) Nye, and was raised at their home on Chocolate Avenue. In 1961, he graduated from Hershey High School where he played football. George was an avid car and drag racing enthusiast from his time in high school and throughout his entire life. Following high school, he attended Hershey Junior College and Millersville (University) College graduating in 1965 with a B.A. in education. He also earned a master's degree in education from Millersville University, and completed many graduate level courses at Penn State – Harrisburg, further endearing him to his wife Cindy. George's love of automobiles was rooted in his time as a youth working at Ernie's Atlantic gas station in Hershey. His passion for cars led him to own, build, and drag race various vehicles as a young man, as well as establish the Premiers Car Club in Hershey. He was a well-known and well-regarded public address announcer for the York US 30 Dragway in York, PA for many years. Over his lifetime, he remained active in the drag racing community and always looked forward to attending the many gatherings and reunions of 'old car guys' in Central Pennsylvania. Following college, George became a teacher and coach at his alma mater, Derry Township School District, where he taught for 35 years, retiring in 1999. In his time with Hershey Middle School he taught industrial arts, science, history, and the gifted program, as well as coached track and cross country. His teaching style - full of wit, patience, encouragement, and humor - impacted countless Hershey students throughout the years. He also served as a director and stage production manager for countless middle & high school plays and musicals throughout his career. His interest in the theatre wasn't limited to behind-the-scenes efforts, as he enjoyed acting in faculty plays and eventually in the Hershey Area Playhouse, of which he was a founding board member. George was also an avid runner in the 1970's and 1980's, having finished 17 marathons including several New York City marathons. In this time period he also became a Freemason and thereafter was a member of Brownstone Lodge #666 in Hershey. After retiring from teaching, George took a 'part-time' job with the Hershey Trolley Works driving the 'trolley' and giving historical tours of his beloved hometown. George continued to work as 'Nye the Trolley Guy' until his final days and enjoyed talking about Hershey and its history to anyone who would listen. One of George's greatest passions in life was as a private pilot flying his Cessna Skyhawk. He was an instrument-rated pilot for over 40 years and enjoyed flying all over the country, especially with his wife Cindy. If you couldn't find George skiing, working on cars, driving his Corvette, or driving the trolley, you most certainly could find him at Reigle Airport chewing the fat with other pilots, both young and old. George loved and was very proud of his family, never wasting an opportunity to crow about his children and grandchildren. George was certainly one-of-a-kind and will be missed greatly by his family and many, many friends. A masonic service will be held at 3:30PM on Wednesday, December 4th; followed by a visitation from 4 – 7 PM and also Thursday morning December 5th beginning at 9:30AM with a celebration of his life beginning promptly at 10:30AM in the Hoover Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., Hershey. In lieu of flowers, the family strongly prefers donations made to either: Hershey Area Playhouse and/or the Derry Township Historical Society. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.hooverfuneralhome.com www.pennlive.com/obits
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In memory of
George Nye
George Robert Allen Nye died peacefully at M.S. Hershey Medical Center on November 30, 2019 surrounded by his family. He was 76. George is survived by his wife of 39 years, Cynthia (Rogers) Nye; his children, Jennifer Griffin and her husband Christopher Griffin of Rock Hill, SC, Cheryl Wagner and her husband Robert Wagner of Hershey and Brian Krause and his wife Jennifer Zimmerman Krause of Hershey; his grandchildren, Leslie Griffin of Rock Hill, SC, Rachel (Wagner) Reutiman and her husband Harrison Reutiman of Lancaster, Cole Wagner and wife Sarah (Cope) Wagner of Palmyra and Grace Wagner of Lancaster; his sister, Ann Reigle, and her husband Thomas Reigle of Hershey and nephew Douglas Reigle and wife Suzanne of Harrisburg. George was born on March 24, 1943 in Hershey, Pennsylvania to George and Frances (Jacobs) Nye, and was raised at their home on Chocolate Avenue. In 1961, he graduated from Hershey High School where he played football. George was an avid car and drag racing enthusiast from his time in high school and throughout his entire life. Following high school, he attended Hershey Junior College and Millersville (University) College graduating in 1965 with a B.A. in education. He also earned a master's degree in education from Millersville University, and completed many graduate level courses at Penn State – Harrisburg, further endearing him to his wife Cindy. George's love of automobiles was rooted in his time as a youth working at Ernie's Atlantic gas station in Hershey. His passion for cars led him to own, build, and drag race various vehicles as a young man, as well as establish the Premiers Car Club in Hershey. He was a well-known and well-regarded public address announcer for the York US 30 Dragway in York, PA for many years. Over his lifetime, he remained active in the drag racing community and always looked forward to attending the many gatherings and reunions of 'old car guys' in Central Pennsylvania. Following college, George became a teacher and coach at his alma mater, Derry Township School District, where he taught for 35 years, retiring in 1999. In his time with Hershey Middle School he taught industrial arts, science, history, and the gifted program, as well as coached track and cross country. His teaching style - full of wit, patience, encouragement, and humor - impacted countless Hershey students throughout the years. He also served as a director and stage production manager for countless middle & high school plays and musicals throughout his career. His interest in the theatre wasn't limited to behind-the-scenes efforts, as he enjoyed acting in faculty plays and eventually in the Hershey Area Playhouse, of which he was a founding board member. George was also an avid runner in the 1970's and 1980's, having finished 17 marathons including several New York City marathons. In this time period he also became a Freemason and thereafter was a member of Brownstone Lodge #666 in Hershey. After retiring from teaching, George took a 'part-time' job with the Hershey Trolley Works driving the 'trolley' and giving historical tours of his beloved hometown. George continued to work as 'Nye the Trolley Guy' until his final days and enjoyed talking about Hershey and its history to anyone who would listen. One of George's greatest passions in life was as a private pilot flying his Cessna Skyhawk. He was an instrument-rated pilot for over 40 years and enjoyed flying all over the country, especially with his wife Cindy. If you couldn't find George skiing, working on cars, driving his Corvette, or driving the trolley, you most certainly could find him at Reigle Airport chewing the fat with other pilots, both young and old. George loved and was very proud of his family, never wasting an opportunity to crow about his children and grandchildren. George was certainly one-of-a-kind and will be missed greatly by his family and many, many friends. A masonic service will be held at 3:30PM on Wednesday, December 4th; followed by a visitation from 4 – 7 PM and also Thursday morning December 5th beginning at 9:30AM with a celebration of his life beginning promptly at 10:30AM in the Hoover Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., Hershey. In lieu of flowers, the family strongly prefers donations made to either: Hershey Area Playhouse and/or the Derry Township Historical Society. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.hooverfuneralhome.com www.pennlive.com/obits
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