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ABBOTT _ George Henry 1933-2005 passed away peacefully on October 21, following a lengthy illness. A celebration of the life of this brave, strong man will be held at St. David's United Church, 1525 Taylor Way, West Vancouver, BC on Thursday October 27th at 2:00 PM. Rev. Dan Chambers will preside. George is survived by his loving wife, Mary Jean, daughter Kandice Julie Ann, and son Andrew George, all of Greater Vancouver; his mother Anna (Triber) Abbott, sister Barbara (Maurice) Rieder of Regina, brother Charles (Darlene) of Calgary, brother-in-law Ivan McArthur of Saskatchewan and sister-in-law Katherine (Gregory) Templeman of Hope, 5 nieces and 5 nephews, Uncle Philip (Edna) Abbott and Aunt Myrtle Abbott of Ontario, cousins Betsy (Robert) Williams of Bellingham, Janice (Daniel) Seeney of Rossland. George was predeceased by his former wife Sylvia and his father George Eli. George was born in Eastend, Sask. and received his education in Robsart, Regina, Saskatoon (B. Com.) and Vancouver (UBC - MBA). While in Saskatoon George served in the RCAF Reserves. He retired 1998 from BCIT after many years of teaching and administration. George was a lover of music, literature, art, cars, science fiction and nature. In the last 20 years of his life, George bred and showed his beloved Burmese cats displaying great tenderness and dedication to those caring creatures. His kitten, Sara was his constant companion as he struggled with his many illnesses. The family wishes to acknowledge the skill and compassion of Drs. Leon Bard, Barbara Melosky, Pippa Hawley, Patrick Kinahan and the nursing staff of VGH, Lions Gate Hospital and the Cancer Agency Hospital. The family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, BC Cancer Agency or Lions Gate Hospital Foundation be considered. "Love never faileth."
Published in Vancouver Sun on Oct. 25, 2005