We announce the sudden passing of George Anderson Dobie on Saturday, October 24, 2009 at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. George was born in Vernon, B.C. on June 21, 1923; one of 5 children, Robert, Edgar, Mabel and Barbara. After high school graduation, he started a long newspaper journalism career, first working for the Vernon News. He then joined a wire service, British United Press, in Winnipeg, Manitoba where he met and married Winnipeg native Dorene Hastman. They spent three years in Edmonton, before moving to Vancouver, B.C. where they spent the next 28 years raising their family.
Throughout this time George was employed by the Vancouver Sun where his journalism career covered many assignments, highlighted by his coverage of the labor beat during a period of tumultuous labor relations. He was well respected by all that he met while a journalist for his integrity and for his honest coverage of the issues of that day. George and Dorene then spent 5 years in Victoria, B.C. where he worked for the Province of B.C. prior to his retirement when they returned to Vernon in 1988. Even after retirement, George continued to write a column for the Vernon paper, and most recently he set up a blog site on the internet where he continued to voice his opinions and concerns on the day’s events.
George was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was an avid sportsman who loved curling, lawn bowling and 5 pin bowling. He also had a special love for baseball.
George is survived by his sister Barbara (Stu); sons Phillip (Barbara), Douglas (Lori), Russell (Connie), and daughter Debra; grandchildren Jarrod, Nathan, Matthew, Richard, Aaron, Reta, Hannah, and Kaitlyn; great granddaughters Paris and Lexi.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the BC Lung Association, 2675 Oak Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6H 2K2.
A celebration of George’s life will be held on Sunday, November 1st at 1:00 pm at the Schubert Center in Vernon.