It is with deep sadness that the family of James L. George announce his passing at St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at the age of 92 years. Jim’s memory will be forever cherished and lovingly remembered by his wife of 67 years, Mary; son Robert George of Lethbridge, and his children Catherine (Kris) McLaughlin and their children Joseph and Erin; Laura George and Allison George; son David (Lorie) George of Medicine Hat and their children Julie (Allen) Parker and their children Darin, Hailee, Whitney and Ryder; Amanda (Matt) Baines and their children Brady, Aubrey, Emily and Quincy; Brad (Rachelle) George and their children Tucker and Mylee; and daughter Dorothy George of Calgary. He is also survived by one brother, Gordon (Sybil) George of Raymond as well as many nieces and nephews.
Jim was predeceased by his parents, Joe and Hazel George; parents-in-law Art and Ethel Norman; his siblings, Clif, Jean, Jack, Marjorie, Audrey, and Betty; and his beloved daughter-in-law Maggie George.
Jim had an illustrious career in education, serving as Teacher, Department Head, Principal and Superintendent in many school jurisdictions. As an educational leader, Jim is remembered by countless students and colleagues for his deep sense of morality, calm and thoughtful mannerism, coupled with his humble nature. His work was characterized by a strong work ethic, innovative approaches, and being student-centered.
In addition, Jim provided community service in each community in which he lived, including Kiwanis Clubs, Chamber of Commerce, Picture Butte Tractor Club and Museum and Lethbridge Horticulture Society. He was a devout member of the United Church serving in many capacities, including lay clergyman. Jim also authored several published history books and was granted an Honorary Doctorate Degree at St. Stephen’s College. Jim was an avid fisherman and camper, clever chess player, cunning pool shark, winning cribbage and table game player, successful gardener, voracious reader and creative and skillful carpenter.
His legacy is found in his commitment to his wife, 3 children, 6 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren each of whom have cherished memories of Grandad.
Family and friends are invited to pay their respects between 7:00pm and 9:00pm on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610- 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.
A Celebration of Jim’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at SOUTHMINSTER UNITED CHURCH, 1011-4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta, with Reverend Ruth Preston Schilk, officiating.
Jim’s family wishes to thank the staff of St. Michael’s Palliative Care Unit and Dr. Walsh and her Palliative Team for their compassionate service.
The family invites donations be made in memory of Jim to either Cancer Research, Prairie Tractor and Engine Museum Society, Lethbridge Horticultural Society or the United Church Historical Society.
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