Geoff Earl

Obituary of Geoff Earl

Geoff Earl, of Erieville, died unexpectedly on Monday, April 22nd, while cutting trail in his wooded hillside overlooking Tuscarora Lake.

Geoff was born in NYC and grew up in Pelham, a suburb in lower Westchester County. He was a chemical engineering graduate of RPI in 1963. He was employed by Alpha Cement, first in PA and then transferred to the Catskill region of NY and then to their plant in Jamesville.

The Earls bought an old farm in Erieville in 1975, and it was there that Geoff honed his considerable skills in all the arts that make a house and its surroundings a home. These skills were learned early on when at age 13 his parents divorced (a very frowned on situation at the time and place) and Geoff took on all the fix it up things that both his mother and other neighbors needed doing.

He was a life-long devotee of classical music, paid particular attention to current events, and had a penchant for picking out the bottom line of what was needed to make the best of things.

A few quotes that he’d utter were. "Push your attitude button.” "Raise your hand if you’re not listening." "Everybody is a pain in the neck to somebody.” and
"You should justify all spending, but you should not justify all spending financially.”

A loving family survives at this time: his wife of 55 married plus 3 years of friendship, Denise; three daughters, Alyson Earl (Chris Eberly) of Lancaster, PA; Lisa Berryment (Tony) of Edmeston; Erin Salka (John), of Brookfield, a son, John Earl (Heather) of Gasport; his sister, Ivry Earl of Sherburne and his brother, Jonathon Earl (Eleanor) of Charlottesville, VA. Also among the younger generation are seven grandchildren: Anna and Erika Nielsen, daughters of Alyson; Alek Salka; Daniel, Ella and Walker Berryment, and Ian Earl. Newest addition to the clan is great granddaughter, Lara, daughter of Anna Nielsen and Adam Michael.
Geoff was predeceased by a granddaughter, Emily Salka.

There will be no public services. Family and friends will gather at the Earl homestead to share memories and the joys of life. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Erieville. To leave a message of sympathy for the Earl family, please visit

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