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NORWICH – City of Norwich Mayor, Christine Carnrike, reported on the passing of her father, former Mayor George W. Carnrike, Sr., on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. George W. Carnrike, Sr., served as the City of Norwich Mayor from 1969 thru 1973.
Former Mayor Carnrike was able to witness the swearing-in ceremony of his youngest daughter, Christine, as Mayor on January 1, 2016, 47 years to the day he was first sworn in to that very same office.
“It was the proudest moment of my life, to not only succeed my father serving the City of Norwich, but to have him present for the ceremony,” said Mayor Christine Carnrike late Wednesday evening.
George Carnrike was born February 24, 1928, the son of Clara (Meade) and Ralph Carnrike, and who would have known that on an autumn day (October 3, 1943) he would meet his future wife at a dance at the YMCA. “To hear my Dad tell the story, it was love at first sight. My mother; however, told a little different story. They dated through high school with Dad graduating in 1946 and Mom in 1947 and the beginning of their 66-year marriage was their wedding day September 4, 1948,” said Carnrike.
Former Mayor Carnrike and his wife, Alice (McNeil) were blessed over the course of their marriage with 8 children – 3 sons and 5 daughters, 22 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. “My father’s accomplishments are many, but none outweighs the pride he had for his family nor the love he had for my mother,” Carnrike pointed out.