George passed peacefully at Shuswap Lake Hospital in Salmon Arm on January 27, 2010 at the age of 89.
George was born in Edmonton, Alberta on March 25, 1920. He moved to Ferintosh, Alberta when he was 10. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force at 21, serving 4 years as a flight instructor and a bomber pilot. He received the distinguished flying cross.
George married Hertha on November 8, 1946. They moved from Edmonton in 1983, retiring in Blind Bay, BC. In 2004, they moved to Salmon Arm. George was a devoted husband who was loved by his family. He enjoyed many activities with his family and friends including RVing and world travel. Square dancing in the Blind Bay area was something that both Hertha and George enjoyed and it allowed them the opportunity to meet many new friends and neighbors. He was a handyman in his spare time and enjoyed building and repairing most anything that he was asked to or set his mind to. Building their new home in Blind Bay upon his retirement was something he was especially proud of.
George is survived by his wife Hertha, two children Ken (Bonnie-Jean) Haslop of Red Deer; Connie (Brian) Duquette of Blind Bay; 4 grandchildren, Lori-Ann, Kelly, Jacinda, and Jocelyn; 3 great grandchildren, Shaun, Riley, & Tyler Ann; and numerous nieces and nephews.
George was predeceased by his sister, Edna (Melvin) Krinke and brother, Charles (Marge) Haslop.
Cremation arrangements entrusted to Bowers Funeral home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, April 3, 2010 at 2:00pm, from the Chapel of Bowers Funeral Home, with Capreece Bowers as Celebrant. A reception will follow at Mountainside Room, with Interment at Mt. Ida Cemetery.
The family would like to express our deep appreciation to Dr. McDonald, Dr. Bratty, the Shuswap Hospital staff and Arbor House staff for their personalized professional care and support during this difficult time.
If so desired, contributions in memory of George may be made to The Shuswap Lake Hospital Foundation, PO Box 265, Salmon Arm VIE 4N3 or the charity of ones choice.