Brydon Wilson "George" Knox (1925 - 2015)

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KNOX, Brydon George Wilson "George"
August 6, 1925 – Limerick, Saskatchewan
July 5, 2015 – Bottrel, Alberta

George, Marian's beloved husband of over 67 years, passed away at home on July 5, 2015 at the age of 89 years.

George was born on the family farm near Limerick, Saskatchewan, the eldest son of 5 children, and he farmed with his father and brothers in the district for many years. He met the love of his life, Marian, at a dance in 1944, and while she proved a bit coy at first, he quickly won her over. They were married in Moose Jaw, SK on November 4th, 1947, and have rarely been apart since. George and Marian remained in the Assiniboia area until 1963, when they moved their young family out to Bottrel, AB, where George built a house and farmed/ranched. In around 1965 he started working at the Shell Jumping Pound gas plant, initially as a labourer, while continuing to farm his land west of Bottrel and milk his small herd of dairy cows. In 1967 George and Marian moved the family into Calgary to give their children more opportunities and spent the next 30 years mainly in the Charleswood and, later, Edgemont areas. Meanwhile, George went back to night school at SAIT (in his 40's) to attain his steam engineering ticket, while working 12-hr shifts at the gas plant. When he retired from Shell in 1987 he was Foreman of Services. George relished his retirement, pursuing new activities, including golf and bee keeping, and continued to travel. He and Marian enjoyed many winters in Hawaii with a group of friends and family from the Cochrane area, as well as regular visits to Las Vegas and California with Marian's sister Florence and husband Vern Odsen, and further afield to Mexico, Hong Kong, Australia, Shanghai and Vietnam, as their family dispersed. But once a farmer always a farmer and in 2007, George and Marian moved back to Bottrel, where they continued to farm, albeit on a very small scale, and with much help from the local community.

George will be remembered as a gentle man of great integrity and humility, who always did the right thing. He was a mentor to many; one of the last breed of men that could do almost anything, from farming (using a team of horses to do so when he was young) and ranching (a champion in cow husbandry) to building a house to fixing cars and machinery. He was a great provider and believed in doing a job to the best of his ability. A lover of animals, the family was rarely without a dog or two, horses, and all manner of other creatures great and small. His current loyal companion Jeff the dog will miss him terribly.

George is also survived by his son Rick and granddaughter Lee Knox, and daughters Kathryn Knox (Ty Josdal) and Tracy Berger (Gavin Langerak), his brother Douglas Knox and family (Hal & Carol Knox, Michael Knox and LizAnne Knox-Beam), and very special nephews and niece Brad, Grant and Lesley Odsen and families, long-time friends (and fellow Saskatchewan expats) the Hank Ellert family, in addition to numerous other extended family and friends. Family was paramount to George and he did his best to try and keep up with everyone's lives.

George was predeceased by his parents, Wilson and Laura (McGrath) Knox, sisters Marjorie Anderson and Grace Chubb, and his brother Jim Knox.

A celebration of George's amazing life was held at the family farm (Bottrel, AB – locator number 43086), on Friday, July 10, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. A private interment followed at Bottrel Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through

Telephone: 1-800-661-1599. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to George's favourite charity the Cochrane & Area Humane Society, 62 Griffin Industrial Point Cochrane, AB T4C 0A3 Telephone: (403)932-2072, [email protected], or the charity of your choice. In living memory of George Knox, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE.

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Published in The Cochrane Eagle on July 16, 2015