May 3, 1929 – March 5, 2020
With his two loving sons Warren & Bradley, and his daughter-in law Dawn at his side, George passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 5th 2020. Many nephews and nieces and honorary grandchildren Kierra, Kaitlin & Jocelyn, along with two great grandchildren Elliott & Savannah will miss him dearly.
George was dedicated and married for 53 years to the love of his live Donna, who passed away May 22, 2013. George was predeceased by one brother and five sisters, whom he loved with all of his heart. Stories of their lives have been shared; each time with incredible detail, he could lead you back in time. Creating an amazing life with Donna and their two sons, together they banked precious memories along the way. George was a First Evergreen Cub Scout leader, a member of the Campbell River Curling Club & CRTV.
Work for George was a way of life. He was a dedicated, loyal man. He started in 1947 at a berry farm in Bradner, B.C. Later that year, he got a job on the blasting crew with Canadian Forest Products at Harrison Lake. He spent some time in 1948 working on the family mink farm in Faust, Alberta and later that year moved to Nanoose Bay, B.C. to work at the Cook & Bullock Sawmill, and then the Eureka sawmill in Nanaimo from 1949 to 1954.
In 1954 George began his career in the tire business. Starting at B.C. Tire and Goodyear Tire in Nanaimo. In 1964 he transferred to Campbell River to manage the newly opened Goodyear Tire store and worked for them until 1984, when the store was bought out by Contract Tire. He worked for Contract Tire until 1991 and finished his work career with Kal Tire from 1991 to 1996. George travelled all over Vancouver Island as part of his job, sometimes with sons in tow. The relationships with customers and coworkers remained a fond part of his life.
Retirement years were spent with family, tending to the family home, gardening, fishing and camping. The search for the “big one a.k.a “Walter” never ceased! He is remembered as an honest, generous man. He had a keen sense of humor, grateful heart and an astounding positive attitude. An avid Canuck fan, George followed the team diligently. Attending only a few games over all of those years, he absolutely cherished the energy and fan ship in the arenas.
The family is grateful to Dr. Ramsey and Evergreen Seniors Home staff for the kind attention to the dignity and quality of life that George received. Special thanks to nurses Sonya, Martha, Wendy, Danicca, all of the care aids and his hairdresser Marinna for her willingness, and to his neighbours & friends for cherished visits and conversations over the years.
Celebration of life to be held at a later date, please contact family for details. Donations in lieu of flowers to The Salvation Army in his memory are appreciated.
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