Dear Chapter X Family,
It is with much sadness that I tell you that we lost a great man, dear friend and a Brother on Sunday April 4, 2020. Ignatius “Iggy” George passed from this life from complications of the Covid-19 virus.
Iggy was one of the “Original 3” Chapter X members and a member of GWRRA since 2000. Along with Paul and Ron Breau, Iggy and the Breau brothers were the force behind the creation of Chapter X in 2010. Iggy was the first Chapter X Treasurer from 2010-2013 He and Lloyda were District Chapter of the Year Coordinator “COY Coordinator” from 2013-2014 and served as NY District MEC’s.
Just by coincidence, 14 riders met early that day in the 84 Diner parking lot to go on an impromptu ride, no plan, no destination. We all knew there would be no lunch stop or anything like that as everything would be closed but we chose to ride anyway if for no other reason to enjoy some wind therapy. We finished our ride, and most were back home by 3:00. It wasn’t long after that I received the call from Alex telling me that Iggy was gone. Thinking back, I can remember when I first became part of Chapter X around 2011 and met Iggy for the first time. I wondered what I had gotten myself into but, as time passed and I got to know Iggy our friendship grew. If you met Iggy once you never forgot him. Today as Chapter Director I could always count on Iggy to make his entrance 45 minutes to an hour into the gathering, usually when I would be mid-sentence. When it came to Chapter Rides there were 2 KSU times, “real time” and “Iggy time”, we all knew and totally accepted the later start because that was our Iggy!
I’m going to miss all these things and more greatly.
Ernie VanDeMark, NY Chapter X Director