George Archie STONER

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STONER, George Archie July 24, 1925 - November 25, 2012 George Stoner passed away peacefully in Nanaimo Hospital's Palliative Care Unit at the age of 87. George was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta, to George Archie Stoner and Marie Ottilie Stoner (Jacobsmeyer). He grew up on a farm two miles west of Spirit River, Alberta, with his sister, Helen Oke and brothers, Sam and Ted Stoner, all predeceased. George will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by Mary, his wife of 62 years, daughters Elizabeth Aitken and Jean Stoner, his 6 grandchildren, David, Cameron, Sarah, Georgina, Stephanie and Alexander, and his twin great-grandchildren, Gwenyth and Marlon, as well as brother-in-law Don Shore, sister-in-law Bert Stoner and many nieces and nephews. George served in the RCAF during WWII, stationed at Coal Harbour. After the war, while attending UBC for a BA in Geology he met and married his wife, Mary Jean Ramsey Shore. He joined the RCR as an officer when the Korean War began and was in active service there until Dec. 1953. In 1960 he served with the Canadian Peace Keeping Force in the Gaza Strip during that crisis in the Middle East. He then transferred to the RCE and supervised maintenance of the Alaska Highway until 1964. From there he was posted to Vancouver, Downsview Airbase Toronto, Baden Soelingen Airbase Germany and finally Naden Naval base Victoria. He retired as a Major on July 24, 1974. George and Mary built their beautiful home overlooking the Winchelsea Islands in Lantzville BC and were always the best of hosts to friends and family. George worked for Koers & Associates Engineering Ltd as a Construction Inspector until 1989. He was a longstanding member of the Lantzville Legion Branch 257. In lieu of flowers, friends and family may wish to donate to the Palliative Care Unit of Nanaimo General Hospital who provided such loving and dignified care of his final days. A Celebration of George's Life will be held in March 2013.
Published in Victoria Times-Colonist on Dec. 4, 2012
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