FYFE, George W. "Jock"
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With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our husband and father, George W. "Jock" Fyfe of St. Albert on December 24, 2012.
Jock will be dearly missed by Myrna, his wife of 47, by daughter Jane, sister-in-law Dianne (John) Storey, brother-in- law Lorne (Elizabeth) Parker, by his brother Bill (Anne) and sister Elizabeth, by extended family in Scotland and many dear friends. He was predeceased by his beloved daughter Catherine and his sister Senga.
Born in Muirhead Scotland to William and Agnes Fyfe, at 17 he enlisted in the Royal Air Force and served his country while being stationed in south-east Asia during the Second World War. This was followed by flying the world with BOAC and then being conscripted back into the military to fly on the Berlin Airlift. During one flight, he saved his plane and crew when his aircraft had been sabotaged. In recognition of his quick thinking, he was recognized with a medal presented by King George Vl. His love of flying brought him to Canada where he flew executive aircrafts in the oil industry and on the DEW line. After leaving aviation, he worked in the NWT and in Alberta developing mortgage programs for residents in northern communities. He was the first executive director of the Old Strathcona Foundation, of the St. Albert Place Society, and of the Sturgeon Hospital Foundation. In 2005, he was much honored to be an Alberta Centennial Ambassador. Until this last year, when his health deteriorated, Jock retained a strong interest in sports, music, wood working and applying his engineering knowledge to his many building projects. A major accomplishment was building a log cabin that became his "spiritual retreat".
According to his wishes, a private Celebration of Life has been held.
We express our deepest appreciation for the support of close friends and for the first class medical care he received in his fight to beat melanoma and to live with heart disease.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Catherine Fyfe Patient Compassionate Support Fund, Sturgeon Community Hospital Foundation, 201, Boudreau Road, St. Albert, AB T8N 6C4.
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Published in The Edmonton Journal on Dec. 29, 2012