George passed away in the comfort of his home on the morning of November 22, 2010, after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born to Mike and Christena Plotnikoff on August 3, 1932, at Vanjoff Village in Grand Forks. George grew up in a family of four siblings: Merna (Parakin), Helen (Hadkin) and Mike Plotnikoff Jr.
As a typical teenager during this period, George started working in the orchards of the Okanagan. At 19 years old he was a labourer in the logging industry. He eventually began operating heavy-duty equipment for construction companies. By 1970, George started his own trucking company. G & R Trucking ran successfully with the help of his two sons (Rod and Gary) for over 30 years until his retirement in 2000.
George met and married Hazel Vatkin in 1959. Together they raised three children on Plotnikoff Road. George was happiest fishing on the river, working on his garden or playing his guitar. Once in awhile, George could be seen at the Casino pushing his luck! George was especially fond of his old faithful companion “Duke” his dog. When George went for coffee, “Duke” was always given an A & W hamburger for his patient waiting in the truck. After his retirement, George joined the USCC Men’s Choir which he enjoyed and rekindled childhood friendships.
George was predeceased by his sister, Merna Parakin. George leaves to mourn: his loving wife of 51 years, Hazel; his children: Rod (Kerry), Corinne, Gary (Brenda); grandchildren: Shayna, Jesse, Brent and Keanna; sister, Helen Hadkin; brother, Mike Plotnikoff Jr.; and numerous nieces and nephews. His smile will be forever missed.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in George’s memory to the USCC Community Centre.