Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Rev. George Sandor of St. Cyril's and the Church of the Holy Trinity died Wednesday.
Sandor passed away suddenly in his office after morning mass.
He was 68 years old and served at St. Cyril's for 18 years.
"God gave him his rest, and I'm sure that in that he will give us a deeper understanding of the love and Franciscan spirit, which he shared so richly with us," said Assistant Pastor of St. Cyril's, Fr. Robert Amrhein.
Sandor had bi-ritual faculties, meaning he could give services to both Catholic and Byzantine Catholic churches.
Sandor spent time hosting services at Holy Spirit Byzantine Catholic Church just down the street.
His death was a shock to his colleagues and the First ward community.
"We received a phone call, and it was shocking for me, it was shocking for other priests who knew Father George very well, because he was our brother," said the Rev. Peter Tomas of Holy Spirit Byzantine Catholic Church.
Sandor is described as a man who cared the most for God, and then his people.
"People will remember that somebody lived here that cared about not only his parish, but the community at large and he was to everyone, sort of a friend," said the Rev. Jim Dutko of St. Michael's Catholic Church.
The viewing is scheduled from 2 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29, at St. Cyril's, located at 184 Clinton Street in Binghamton. A Franciscan wake service will be held at 7 p.m.
Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 30.
Sandor will be buried Tuesday at Our Lady of Lourdes Cemetery in Trenton, N.J.