STAWN, George Stanley
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October 11, 1941 - December 15, 2012
George, of Cochrane, passed away at home following a long illness on December 15, 2012 at the age of 71 years. A loving husband, father and grandfather, George is survived by his devoted wife Kathy (nee Cook); his children Nigel (Laurense), Belinda Jane Gilman, Anastasia (Rob) Barrett, Aleshia Stawn, Lisa (Brad) Park, James (Amy) and Alex; six grandchildren and beloved dogs. Predeceased by his parents, George was the only child of Eugene and Dorothy Stawn, with whom he immigrated to Canada from Russia in 1948. Known as "The Prof", George began his teaching career at Waterloo, and was recruited by Mount Royal College before the campus was moved from a few buildings in downtown Calgary to it's current home in Lincoln Park. He enjoyed 30 illustrious years at MRC before retiring. George was a man of eclectic tastes, from raising and training dogs to enjoying authentic Dim Sum on Chinatown, to traveling to Costa Rica with Kathy, to watching professional boxing matches. He had a great love of criminology and sociology, and helped his thousands of students learn to love those subjects, too. George also had a gift for making friends wherever he went, people from all walks of life were drawn to him, and nobody ever forgot him once meeting him. A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S Cochrane Funeral Home (369 Railway Street, Cochrane, AB), on Saturday, December 22, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations can be made in George's name to the Cochrane Humane Society (305 Bow Street, Cochrane, AB T4C 2B9). In living memory of Prof. George Stawn, a tree will be planted at Hill Springs Park, Cochrane.
Published in The Calgary Herald from Dec. 18 to Dec. 19, 2012