April 20, 1928 to January 27, 2011
George passed away peacefully at his home at Christina Lake. He always said he lived in the most beautiful place on Earth, Christina Lake. George lived most of his life on the same homestead his parents, Fred and Annie Swanson settled. He was passionate about the outdoors. He could tell you the name of every flower, rock, and good fishing hole in the area. He would take out his camper and explore B.C. with his special friends Elsie, Dick and Gary.
George was a generous host and enjoyed visiting over a glass of wine and a Pom Pom cigar. He wouldn’t hesitate in sharing his wide assortment of ‘treasures’ in order to help out his friends. A very handy and inventive man, George worked as a handyman and carpenter around the Lake.
He served in the Navy and later the Air Force for 20 years. When stationed at Victoria, George introduced his roommate, John Gurski to his sister, Marjorie, who John fell in love with and married. George’s military travels also took him to Emmaboda, Sweden where he met his fathers’ family.
He was a Life Member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 59. In his 48 years of membership, he served as President, Secretary, Treasurer, and helped with various repairs. After his service work, George also worked at the Christina Lake landfill.
George was a caring brother, uncle and friend. He is survived by his sister Marjorie, nieces Donna and Brenda, and nephew Brian. He was a great-uncle to Monica, Rebecca, Trever, Carmela, Anthony, Olivia, Tobie, Analeece and Travis, and a great-great-uncle to Rocco and Duke. He shared a very close friendship and bond with Fatima and Michael. George or ‘Uncle George’ to so many of his friends will be greatly missed and remembered for his unique character and kindness.
A service to commemorate George will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 59 at Grand Forks on Saturday, February 19, 2011, at 4 p.m. Grand Forks Funeral Home had care of arrangements.