Former Republican Congressman George C. Wortley has died, after a long illness.

Wortley represented the Syracuse area in Congress for 8 years, serving 4 terms from 1981 to 1989.

Wortley was born and raised in Tully, and graduated from Syracuse University in 1948 before going into the newspaper business. He published the Manlius Group of 7 weekly newspapers for more than 40 years.

Wortley had been in hospice care near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Funeral arrangements, at this time, are incomplete. George Cornelius Wortley was 87 years old.