MR. GEORGE RAYMOND PROCTER passed away in the Vernon Jubilee Hospital on Monday, April 5th, 2004 at the age of 98 years. George was born on the family farm in the Mabel Lake Valley on December 27th, 1905, the sixth of eight children born to pioneers, William and Hannah Procter. He was predeceased by his wife, Edith (nee Holland) in the year 2000, his son, Donald in 1972, his daughter-in-law, Darlene Procter in 1993 and his grandson, Scott Procter in 1970. George is survived by his daughter, Dorothy (Jack) Webb of Qualicum Beach, B.C., his son, David Procter (Carol Moore) of Sicamous, B.C., his son, Jack Procter of White Rock, B.C. and his daughter, Heather (Len) Short of Kamloops, B.C., his grandsons; Randy (Cindy) Webb, Steven (Christianne) Webb and David (Dawn) Procter, his great-grandchildren; Jeremy and Julia Webb and Anthony and Allaina Procter and his older brother, Duke Procter who at 104 years of age is the only remaining survivor of the family of William and Hannah Procter who settled in the Mabel Lake Valley in 1892. George spent all but 14 years of his life in the Mabel Lake Valley, north of Lumby, living in the house he built along Ireland Creek for him and his wife Edith who he married in 1932. He made a career of logging timber from his properties in Squaw Valley and processing the logs in his water powered sawmill and planer into dimension lumber. A great deal of that lumber found it’s way into flat bottomed fishing boats for which George became very well known. Over the years a total of 3,315 “Procter Boats” found their way to many fishing lakes in British Columbia. Boat building came to an end in 1990 when George and Edith sold their Mabel Lake properties and retired into Vernon. George’s water powered sawmill and planer and his boat building aroused the interest of various media. In 1979 TV Ontario and in 1980, BCTV aired segments and in 1981 Westworld Magazine published an article following an interview. George was especially proud of a book on his life entitled “George Procter, Boat Builder.” George’s family wishes to thank the staff and caregivers at The Gateby for the excellent care and kindness they have shown to our Dad. We knew he was in good hands, in a place he called home. Dad’s last days were spent in the Vernon Jubilee Hospital and we witnessed the care, concern and excellent medical attention given to him on 3 West. Thank you. The Funeral Service will be held at Bethel Funeral Chapel on Monday, April 12th, 2004 at 1:00 P.M. with Pastor Sean Wong officiating. Interment will follow in the family plot at Pleasant Valley Cemetery. A Reception will take place in the Tea Room at Bethel Funeral Chapel at the conclusion of the Graveside Service. As an expression of sympathy, those who wish to do so may send donations in memory of George to the Salvation Army, 3303-32nd Avenue, Vernon, B.C. V1T 2M7 or to the charity of their choice. “Dad, we, your family love you and will miss you so much. It is good to know you are at peace and together with Mom.” Funeral arrangements have been made with BETHEL FUNERAL CHAPEL LTD., 5605-27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5 (1-250-542-1187).

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