ALTRIDGE _ George Samuel passed peacefully in Vancouver, BC on April 14, 2006. His wife of more than 60 years, Violet, and his sons, Peter and John, were at his side. Born in Ireland almost 90 years ago, he emigrated to Canada at the age of 16 and settled in the Lake Simcoe area of Ontario. He served with the Irish Regiment of Canada in World War II, and participated in the Italian and European campaigns. He returned to Toronto where he worked for a time as a driver for Simpsons. For many years, however he was the manager of the Ostrander's Jewellers store in Niagara Falls where he was well known in the local community. He served as President of the Kiwanis Club as well as the Chamber of Commerce, and helped to establish the Downtown Businessmans Association. He retired at age 65, remained active in the community, particularly in the choir of Drummond Hill Church and the Niagara Men's Chorus. Singing was one of his lifelong passions. He moved to Vancouver in 2004 when his health declined. He led a long and contented life, behaved always as a gentleman, and will be missed. In addition to his wife and sons, Peter (Linda) and John (Patti), he is survived by his granddaughter Kate, as well as his brother Alex, and nephew, Stephen, who reside in England. A private memorial service will be held. "Grieve not that he is gone, but be thankful that he was here." Hollyburn Funeral Home 604-922-1221 www.hollyburnfunerals.com
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Published in Vancouver Sun from Apr. 20 to Apr. 21, 2006