George passed away on September 12, 2011 at Vancouver General Hospital, with his sons by his side. His memory will be cherished by Bill (Jackie) and John (Janice) and by his grandchildren Meagan, Greg and Ian. George was predeceased by his wife, Verneice and his daughter, Lesley Ashford. Born on May 7, 1918 in Cumberland, B.C. George was the only brother to sisters Agnes, Bess and Grace. George was a proud member of the Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s) enlisting in 1941 at the age of 23. He attended The Royal Military College (Sandhurst) and attained the rank of Lieutenant. George served proudly and was involved in liberating Deventer and Wagonborgen in the Netherlands: the Regiment receiving a Battle Honour for Wagonborgen.
After the war, George returned to Vancouver Island where he married Verneice Aldred and began his career with the Federal Government. His career took his growing family from Nanaimo to Nelson, North Vancouver and Victoria, making lasting friendships in every city. George was an avid golfer, fisherman, and member of the Shriners/Janisaries.
After retirement, George and Verneice enjoyed ten winters in Palm Desert, but in 1985 they decided to spend more time at home after the birth of their grandchildren. George was a wonderful grandfather and loved nothing more than taking his grandchildren for long walks with the family dog by his side. Three years ago, George moved from Victoria to Vancouver to be closer to his family. He and Bill spend many hours together, enjoying walks and coffee, once again with the family dog by their side. There will be no formal service. George’s family will celebrate his life at Sooke, where he spent many happy hours fishing. George was a true gentleman and he will truly be missed.