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George Malkemus of Arethusa Dairy Has Died

George Malkemus, who co-founded Bantam-based Arethusa Farm Dairy with partner Tony Yurgaitis, died Thursday after a long illness, Arethusa representatives announced Friday. He was 67.

“It is with a heavy heart that we tell you our beloved George Malkemus passed away yesterday evening at his home in New York City after a long battle with cancer,” Arethusa announced in posts on Facebook and Instagram.

“Our George was very private — preferring not to trouble anyone with his health concerns. Though, throughout his illness, George and Tony worked together planning for and insuring the future of Arethusa,” the post stated. “Even in our grief, we will honor George and his legacy by following his wishes – to celebrate his life and continuing to serve our community the very best that Arethusa Farm has to offer.”

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