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Kiernan, Former Hastings Fire Captain, Dies at 89

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. — George W. Kiernan, 89, a lifelong Hastings-on-Hudson resident, died Wednesday, March 28.

Kiernan was a member of the Hastings-on-Hudson Fire Department for 62 years,  serving as captain and financial secretary.

He was born in Hastings to George W. and Ethel Kiernan. During World War II, Kiernan served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 as a first sergeant in a Technical Service Unit.

After the war, Kiernan returned to Hastings and joined the Protection Engine Company of the Hastings Fire Department. He was also a member of the Westchester County Volunteer Fireman's Association and the Southern New York Volunteer Fireman's Association.

He married Elizabeth A. Mark on Feb. 9, 1952, in Church of St. Matthew in Hastings. They celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this year. Kiernan also worked at Phelps Dodge Co. in Yonkers for 44 years.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, Elizabeth "Betty" Kiernan, are his sons, George and Gregory (Char); his daughter, Mary (Rich) Steinitz, and five grandchildren. Kiernan was predeceased by his brother, Vincent, and his sister Ruth Braginetz.

Visiting hours are from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday at Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home in Dobbs Ferry. A Mass will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Church of St. Matthew in Hastings-on-Hudson. Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Hastings-on-Hudson.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hastings-on-Hudson Fire Department or Volunteer Ambulance Corps.

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