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October 19, 1927 - July 1, 2012
George Earl Tweddle age 84, passed away on July 1, 2012 in Biggar Diamond Lodge. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Jean (nee Bell); son, Gary (Corinne), Kelsey and Bailey; daughter, Kathy Leeb (Mark), Erin Wallace (Devin), Amy; daughter Linda Lewis (Craig), Jennafer Klemer (Stephen), Mark, Jordan; daughter Leigh Anne Scott (Mike), Kalene, Mathew, Chad, Sydney; daughter Ardis Hufnagel (Eric), Katy, Margot, Annika, Nathan and great-grandchildren Jade and Zoe Wallace. George "Earl" Tweddle was born and reared on the family farm south of Feudal and spent the vast majority of his life there farming and raising his family. Earl was a member of the generation that lived through the Great Depression and never took for granted the value of a hard day's work, a successful crop, or a successful herd of cattle. In fact, work was his passion and he took great pride in his mixed farm operation and was extremely proud of his ability to sow a straight line, sustain clean crops, a meticulous yard and well maintained machinery. Some of his favorite pastimes were creating summer projects such as picking weeds and stones, painting outbuildings, herding cattle and mending fences - most of which were created more than likely to keep the kids out of trouble. "Bored" was not a word in his vocabulary, in fact work was his hobby. Yet he took great pleasure in pattern dancing with his beloved "Jeannie" and in particular enjoyed the dance jamborees at Manitou Beach. They also were able to spend some time travelling in their retirement and enjoyed seeing the sights and sounds of Hawaii, Florida and a Pattern Dance Cruise hosted by the Soft Tones, to name a few. Earl genuinely valued a good education and served on the local Harris School Board for many years. He was also proud to see all five of his children continue their post-secondary education at various institutions. Earl had a quick wit and a sense of humour that was evident in his interactions with family and friends and he was especially interested in watching people's reactions to his antics. He thoroughly enjoyed functions at the Feudal Hall, visiting with the neighbors, progressive suppers, Jean's wonderful cooking and homemade desserts. Earl took great pride in the accomplishments of his five children and was always happy to host the grandchildren and families for summer visits and liked nothing better than going for an evening drive and checking the cattle at Tessier or critiquing the crops. Earl was a good man who had a fulfilling life and will be sorely missed by his family and by all who knew him. According to his wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family service will follow at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined, please donate to your favorite charity. Condolences to the family may be sent by visiting www.clementsrosetownfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are in care of Clement's Rosetown Funeral Home 306-882-2662.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on July 6, 2012