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December 13, 1921 – November 25, 2013
George Edward Stewart passed away peacefully on Monday, November 25, 2013. He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Gordon (Sandi) and Sharon Brown (Graham); his grandchildren, Jennifer Brown, Melanie Ross (Michael), Cameron Brown (Kathy), Morgan Hartman (Greg) and his three great-grandchildren, Grayson Ross, Josephine Brown and Nolan Ross. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Vicky in November 2012. George lived all of his life in the Millican-Ogden community so he knew the "village" very well. As a child the entire area was his playground, and in his teens a worksite (pulling weeds for $0.25 a day). When his children were young he was involved in the community association, helping build facilities and spending many cold days flooding the outdoor hockey rinks. In World War II George served in the RCN, out of Halifax, on the HMCS Amherst traversing the north Atlantic. He was a lifelong member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 154. After a short stint moving pianos, George hired on at the British American Oil (later Gulf Oil) refinery in Inglewood progressing to the position of Operations Superintendent. He remained at the refinery for the thirty-four years of his working career. Family was very important to George. His entire life was dedicated to his family and friends selflessly serving the needs of his wife, family and grandchildren. Both his children and all his grandchildren graduated university with his support. All he asked for himself was time on Saturday for curling, a new car every ten years and maybe enjoying a "beer beer" after a day's work or gardening. Upon retirement he immensely enjoyed his time spent with his grandchildren and very recently his great-grandchildren. An avid sports fan, George faithfully supported the Stampeders and Flames. He and Vicky had Stampeder season tickets for many years and never missed watching the Flames on television. The family would like to express appreciation to the staff at the Southwood Nursing Home for their care of George. A Memorial Service will be held at LEYDEN'S CHAPEL OF REMEMBRANCE (corner of 17 Avenue and 2 Street S.W.) on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, AB & NWT Division, No. 150, 9405 - 50 Street, Edmonton, AB T6B 2T4 (Telephone 1-800-268-7582). Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by visiting leydens.com.
Published in The Calgary Herald from Nov. 29 to Nov. 30, 2013