George Andrew BANNERMAN

BANNERMAN, George Andrew, P.Eng - Died at the Sarcee Carewest Hospice, Calgary, on November 2, 2012, after a short illness. George was born on a farm near Neville, SK on St. Andrew's Day, November 30, 1919, the eldest of five children. He is survived by his loving wife and constant companion, Jean Yardley Bannerman. George is also survived by: his loving children; Linda of London, ON and her son Matthew, Brenda (Russ) of Calgary and Colin (Wendy) and their son Nathan of Calgary; his brother Gordon (Edith) of Nanoose Bay, BC, sister Marjorie of Langley, BC and brothers Donald (Shirley) and Arnold (Alice) both of White Rock, BC; numerous nephews and nieces; Jean's children Ruth Ann (Bruce), Peter (Rose Anne) and Quintin (Joanne). He was predeceased by his wife of 45 years, Jean Mackenzie, in 1991. During World War II George instructed in Vickers Machine Gun, Chemical and Flame Warfare and Physical Training, serving in both Canada and Europe with the 21st Army Group. He retired as a captain from the Canadian General Staff to attend University, graduating from University of Saskatchewan as a chemical engineer. For the next 30 years he worked in the petroleum industry in Saskatoon, Calgary and Toronto. He retired to Fort Macleod in 1980. Wherever George lived he was active in the United Church and various community organizations. He loved mathematics and tutored, at no charge, hundreds and hundreds of high school and university students throughout 50 years, helping them achieve scholastic success. Two hobbies he enjoyed immensely were building MECCANO models and philatelics. Naturally, many acquaintances received gifts of stamps or MECCANO to help them get started. George's intense community involvement led to him being named Fort Macleod Citizen of the Year in 1995. In 1997 George moved to Cochrane and when he went to the United Church he sat next to Jean Yardley. They were soon constant companions and especially enjoyed being volunteer grandparents at a local elementary school. In 2003 George and Jean each sold their Cochrane homes and moved to the Manor at Garrison Woods in Calgary. They felt it was one of the best decisions of their lives. They recently moved into assisted living at the nearby Staywell Manor. A memorial service was held for George Thursday, November 8th. There will be no interment as George has willed his body to medical research. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Outreach Fund of Lakeview United Church, 3023 - 63rd Avenue SW, Calgary.

Published in the Toronto Star on Nov. 10, 2012