July 26, 1923 ~ November 5, 2007
George Russell Byrnell passed away peacefully, survived by his beloved wife Joyce of 26 years; daughters Louise, Teddii (Merv); siblings Wes, Muriel, Lloyd (Kathy), Ernie (Doreen); many grandchildren and great grandchildren; nieces & nephews, his adopted family in Campbell River and his wide circle of friends.
George was born and grew up in East Vancouver during the dirty thirties. He served with the Merchant Navy during WWII. Awarded the Star, Burma (1939 ~1945), Star and Pacific Clasp and War Medal (1939~1945). Upon his return, he worked for many years as a forestry worker (IWA) on Vancouver Island.
George was the First Chairman of Vancouver Island Merchant Navy Association and a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 292. Along with others, George was an advocate for Veteran benefits and rights for the Merchant Navy.
Other passions in George’s life were his family, his faith as a member of Unity Victoria, music (jazz) and always had his harmonica ready to play. He performed as one of the “Country Boys” and played many concerts within the community.
George was loved and admired by all who knew him. One of his guiding principles was “Practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty”
Heartfelt thaks to the wonderful staff and volunteers at Hospice Victoria whose love and compassion supported us all.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday November 9, 2007 at 2p.m. at First Memorial Funeral Service, 1155 Fort Street, Victoria, BC.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in George’s memory to Operation Eyesight and or the Hospice Society of Victoria.
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