WISE, George Frederick
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George passed away peacefully Friday, November 30, 2012 at the age of 87. He was predeceased by his first wife Dorothy (Zahm) in 2005. George is survived by his three children Greg (Dea), Daphne (Herb), and Delphine (Brad); grandchildren Michael (Danny), Tessa (Colton), Tyler, Brayden, Justin, and Alyssa; great grandchild Fallon; one sister Beth; his second wife Emily; and extended family and friends. Born to Lillian (Spray) and Jack Wise on December 29, 1924 at home above the "Spray and Wise" store in Bulyea, SK, his mother died when he was only 6 years of age. George and Beth were raised by their grandparents, George and Elizabeth Spray. The family moved several times, from farming, residing in Regina Beach and eventually settling in Regina. At one time, the family owned and operated Blue Bird Cafe at Regina Beach. George left high school in Grade 11 to join the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and became an Aeroengine Mechanic. He served from 1943 - 1946. Following WWII he made a career working with the Dept. of Public Health for Saskatchewan Hospital Services Plan (SHSP). Dorothy also worked for Public Health and there he met his future wife. They were married on August 31, 1951. Through the years he also farmed the Zahm farm in the R.M. of Pense 160. He retired from the government after "over 40 years of diligent service." Estranged for many years, George regained contact with his father in June 1974. They developed a new and lasting relationship. George was a loving father and grandfather who would do anything for his family, always ready to lend a helping hand no matter where or when. Dorothy and George had a special place in their hearts for their cats. He loved to play the accordion, piano and organ, always playing 'by ear.' He would sit on the toilet lid playing his accordion while each of his young children bathed. A live concert every Sunday night! George devoted many years to genealogy, researching the Wise family back to 1707. He also traced many generations of the Zahm family. George and Dorothy enjoyed many trips to Hawaii where they escaped the Saskatchewan winters. They were like 'Ohana' (family) to some of the hotel staff. As a widow, it was a big decision for George to move from the family home of over 50 years. He was one of the first to move into the Renaissance Retirement Residence. There he enjoyed new friendships, meeting Emily, eventually exchanging wedding vows. His changing health brought him to Parkside Extendicare in 2008. The family would like to thank the staff of Parkside Extendicare for their care and compassion. A GRAVESIDE SERVICE will be held at Regina City Cemetery, Broad and 4th Avenue, Regina SK on Friday, December 7, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. Please meet inside the gates at the 4th Avenue entrance. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Regina Humane Society, PO Box 3143, Regina, SK S4P 3G7. Family and friends are invited to sign the online obituary and tributes page at www.regina-memorial.ca. Arrangements entrusted to
Published in The Regina Leader-Post on Dec. 4, 2012