George Herbert Karens

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of George Herbert Karens on October 18th, 2012 in Vernon, B.C. at the age of 66.

George was born on February 5th, 1946 in Whitehorse, Yukon Territories. He moved to Vancouver at the age of 21 where he worked for MacMillan Blodell Plywood Plant, then worked as a bouncer at Oil Can Harry’s night club. He made a trip to Vernon where he met the love of his life, Dianne Jourdain. George and Dianne married on June 5th, 1971 in Vancouver, B.C. and shortly thereafter moved to Vernon. George returned to Whitehorse each summer to work with his father, George Sr. on his mining claims in Dawson City. He worked for Vernon Irrigation when he first moved to Vernon. He then worked with B. C. Hydro, driving transport and running heavy equipment for 28 years. In 1999, George received the Million Mile Club Award and received recognition for 25 years accident free service award, both from B.C. Hydro. George loved spending time at the family cabin on Okanagan Lake and at home with his family and friends.

George will be sadly missed by his loving wife Dianne; their children: Brandy (Chad) and grandchildren, Kyle and Jersey of Vernon, B.C.; Tiffany (Darren) and grandchildren Raiden and Taylor. He will be missed by his extended family, David Jourdain (Beverly) of Quesnel, Arthur Jourdain (Masada) of Kelowna, Donna Brennan (Mike) of Vernon, B.C. and his many nieces and nephews, numerous friends and extended family and his Dad’s special friend, Toots Smoler of Whitehorse, Yukon. George was predeceased by his father, George Sr., mother Gwen of Whitehorse, Yukon, and his stepmother, Yvonne Wilde, and numerous aunts and uncles.

A celebration of George’s life will take place at Pleasant Valley Funeral Home on Saturday, October 27th, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. A gathering will follow at the Elks Hall in Vernon, B.C. after the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Alzheimer Society.

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