Crestview man, Florida's Knight of the Year, sets standard for volunteerism, community involvement


Crestview resident George Liedel, Florida's 2013-2014 Knight of the Year, sets an example for community involvement, resident Herb Fosman says. "He is absolutely amazing," Fosman said. "He acts like he is 26 ... he puts a lot of younger members to shame."

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 08:14 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Being named Florida's 2013-2014 Knight of the Year caught George Liedel by surprise.

"It just blew me away," the 81-year-old Crestview resident said.

But the recognition is no shock to other Knights of Columbus members  in Crestview Council 7968.

'Acts like he's 26'

Liedel attends regular council meetings at the K of C's Twin Hills Park building, volunteers for Tuesday night bingo fundraisers, assists with quarterly highway clean-ups and Boy Scout activities and is the council's Crestview Area Chamber of Commerce liaison.

He is an acolyte and regularly attends and assists with daily Mass at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church.

During the Christmas season, he suits up as Santa Claus, visits churches, schools, restaurants, stores, hospitals and assisted living facilities and passes out candy canes at his own expense, friends said.

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