George Herbert Betts

June 30, 1934October 2, 2018

George Betts of Worcester, NY, passed away at age 84 on October 2, 2018. He died peacefully after a long illness. George was born June 30, 1934 in Highland Park, Illinois. The son of Harlan and Ida Jane, George and his wife Regina met at an Off -Broadway theatre in New York City, where they both worked. Married over 61 years, he was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by his wife Regina Betts and his children, Thea (Orin) Griffin, Maia Betts, Christopher (Diane) Betts and Dion Betts; grandchildren, Dillon, Terrin, Joseph, Henry, Sidney, Joshua, Jacob, Daniel, Dora, Sarah, Michael, Rachel, Avery; his sister, Cynthia (Forrest) Johnson, and nieces, nephews, family and many friends. George received his bachelors and master’s degree from Columbia in NYC. A dedicated social worker and civil rights activist, he was devoted to improving lives of underserved people and a fearless advocate for those suffering injustices. A member of the NAACP in NYC and Oneonta, George was at the forefront of the deinstitutionalization of individuals with developmental disabilities. In 1984 George and Regina moved to a Victorian farmhouse in Worcester to pursue his passion for farming, raising sheep, and spending time with family. George was an active member of Temple Beth El of Oneonta, New York. Services will be held at Temple Beth El, 83 Chestnut Street Oneonta at 2:00 pm, Thursday, October 4th followed by an interment at Temple Beth El cemetery. In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Oneonta chapter of the NAACP. To send an online condolence please visit Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Funeral Service Thursday, October 4, 2018

George Herbert Betts

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Lynn Wright

October 12, 2018

So sorry to hear of George’s passing. I also knew him from working at the Schoharie ERDS office. I think of him fondly and I picture him sitting and thinking and stroking his beard with a little grin on his face. RIP George.

Dion Betts

October 7, 2018

Hi Dad, Hopefully you may read this. That would be something. I miss you and hope you are okay. Love, Dion

Jeanne King-Leonard

October 5, 2018

Dear Regina and Family,

I can only express my sympathy to all of you at the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. I knew him from the Schoharie "ERDS" team. He was devoted to his work and serving the developmentally disabled. His dedication was a source of inspiration for all of us.
Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers,
Jeanne King-Leonard

Martha Rozett

October 4, 2018

Dear Regina,

I am thinking of you today after reading the TU obituary with its wonderful small portrait of George's life with you. I will remember him sitting on your deck on a summer day, with his sweet smile and unexpected conversational turns, looking out on the landscape he loved so much.
Love to you and condolences to your wonderful large family,
Martha Rozett

Mike Meaders

October 3, 2018

I didn't know him very well only through my mother Carol Malz but Everytime I ever saw him he was always positive, very nice, and always talked about how much he loved his New York Yankees. He will be missed I'm sorry for your loss.