He leaves to mourn his wife of 64 years Darlene, his children: Cheryl (Albert Tranq), Lori (Murray Pritchard), Lynda (James Zacharias) and Glen (Matthew Schimnowski). Also six grandchildren: Melissa (Aaron Zerr), Jennifer (Jay McCrea), Brent (Sydney) Pritchard, Steven (Carly) Zacharias, Michael Zacharias, and Gracyn Tranq. Three great grandchildren: Elle McCrea, Ava Zerr, and Lincoln Pritchard.
George was born on the home farm in Roseisle, Manitoba and attended Roseisle School. He worked on the farm until 1954 when he went west to British Columbia where he found the love of his life, Darlene Collins.
They were married June 29, 1956 in Dawson Creek, BC. They returned home to Roseisle to farm two years later and developed a mixed farm operation. There they raised their four children. In the fall of 1995 they built a new home and semi-retired in Carman. In October 2017 they settled in Meadowood Estates.
George loved his animals especially his horses. He was a 4H Horse Club leader for 14 years, and owned a horse until he was 80. Even with his poor eyesight he could still judge the quality of a good horse. In the fall of 2020 he was excited to go on a road trip with his son Glen to see his new horse and give his stamp of approval.
He was a die hard Toronto Maple Leaf fan and has been waiting since 1967 for them to win another Stanley Cup. Go Leafs go!
George and Darlene enjoyed 35 years of square dancing and old time dancing and made many friends.
He had a sense of humor and enjoyed a good joke until the end. He did his share of pranks over the years!
George had two green thumbs, he always had a good garden and beautiful flowers. He always had a competition going as to who could grow the largest tomatoes! He even experimented growing tobacco from seed and gave his grandsons some leaves, all legal!
His family was of utmost importance to him. He was always there for all of us. He thoroughly enjoyed his great grandchildren.
We have all had the values of family, hard work, integrity, and community instilled in us.
The family wishes to express our gratitude to Home Care, Dr. Atchinson and Dr. Roberts, Boundary Trails Health Centre, Lorne Memorial Hospital and Carman Memorial Hospital for their compassionate care.
A private family graveside service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, George would be pleased to see a donation made to any of the following: Roseisle War Memorial (cheque to the RM of Dufferin) Box 100, Carman, MB R0G 0J0, Roseisle Cemetery Committee, C/O Shirley Snider, Box 100, Roseisle, MB R0G 1V0 or the Roseisle Memorial Rose Garden, C/O Diane Gillingham, Box 65 Roseisle, MB R0G 1V0.