George passed away peacefully at home with his wife Marie by his side, on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at the age of 88 years.
He is remembered with great love by Marie, his daughter Jutta and her husband Len Stein, grandchildren Jessica and Eric Stein, and his siblings and their families in Germany.
George and Marie lived a supportive and loving marriage for 63 years. They came to Canada from Germany in 1957, settling in Balmertown, Ontario. There, George worked underground as a blaster in the gold mine, building a nest egg that would allow them to move on. That move was to Vernon in 1964 where George became a partner in A-1 Machine & Welding, continuing as sole owner to build the business over the next 25 years. George valued the men who worked for and with him, and was proud that A-1 helped to support their families over those years. George and Marie enjoyed their homes on Okanagan Lake. Many happy family times were spent on the water, George’s smile always coming out from behind the spray when he was on his slalom ski. He enjoyed great snow days on Silver Star skiing with Marie, their friends, and the family. George and Marie traveled widely, and George told stories of hot air ballooning over the Serengeti, seeing the tortoises of the Galapagos, hang gliding in New Zealand, watching the waters of the Rio Negro and the Amazon mix, riding a mule into the Grand Canyon … down, and back again. George’s life was long, it was full, and to his last days he found within it cause to smile, to joke, and to laugh. We will remember him, and we will miss him.
George’s family wishes to thank Dr. Don Smith and Vernon Jubilee Hospital staff for their compassionate care. A very sincere and special thank you goes to his caregivers Kelly Proctor and Louise Hyatt for their wonderful support.
George was laid to rest beside his son Robert in a private graveside service on October 17. In lieu of flowers, those friends wishing to do so may make a donation in George’s memory to Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Vernon Funeral Home,
Phone: 250 542 0155.