Born on October 01, 1936 in Vancouver, BC – Died November 11, 2012 at the Shuswap Lake General Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He is predeceased by his parents Horace and Yvonne; brothers Stanley and David; son Tony (1981); daughter-in-law Margit (2002); granddaughter Jennifer (2004) and daughter Cathy (2009). He is survived by his wife Jackie of 56 years; sons Michael (Laurie-Anne) of Calgary, AB; Donald of Enfield, ON; daughters Patricia (Colin) of Victoria, BC; Laura (Yves) of St. Georges, QC; ten grandchildren and ten great grandchildren; his sister Bonnie (Hans); brother-in-law Brett (Deb); sisters-in-law Gloria and Gerri (Dave); as well as many nephews and nieces.
George was a soldier. He joined as an apprentice Lineman with Royal Canadian Signals Corps (Kingston, ON). He served with the Rocky Mountain Rangers (Kamloops, BC) as the Regiment Sergeant Major and the Officer Commanding Headquarters Company with the Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s) (Victoria, BC). George was appointed a member of the order of Military Merit in December 1987. He served in both the Regular Forces and Primary Reserve. He retired as a Captain after 33 years of loyal service to the Queen, his country and the Canadian Forces. When George retired from the Regular Force he became lineman with the Okanagan Telephone Company while simultaneously serving in the Reserves.
George will always be remembered for his past volunteer service within his community, which included the Salmon Arm Fall fair, running the Emergency Operations Message Center for the Shuswap Emergency Program, serving with the Kinsmen in many positions including President; as well as volunteering to fight the Glen Eden forest fire.
The family wishes to thank the medical staff from the ICU at Shuswap Lake General Hospital (in particular nurse Lisa) for their support throughout his final days.
A Funeral service was held for George on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 3:45 pm from Bowers Funeral Chapel, Salmon Arm, with Jack Bowers the funeral celebrant, which was attended by his family and a few close friends.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the MS Society, or the BC Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Online condolences can be sent through George’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com
Funeral arrangements were in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm, BC