George Whitehead

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George Whitehead

December 2, 1912 ~ May 26, 2011.


George passed away at the Kipnes Center for Veterans in Edmonton at the age of 98.

George was born to parents Violet and Harry Whitehead in Edmonton. Having lived through the Depression years, he learned to make do with the little they had. He dug coal from a homemade coal mine (even though it was illegal due to the danger) in the banks of the North Saskatchewan River, in order to help keep the family warm during the severe Edmonton winters.

He earned his wings in the Air Force during World War II, and became a pilot trainer in Fort McLeod, AB. George settled in Edmonton where he and his wife, Ivy, raised their three children, Leslie, Trevor, and Glen.

George worked for the Edmonton Post Office for 35 years, and upon retiring settled in Victoria, BC. In spite of his long career, he was retired longer than he worked! He moved to Creston, living here for seven years, and then spent the last 10 years of his life in Edmonton.

George had many pastimes. He loved nature and was an avid fisherman. He also enjoyed curling, photography, bridge, chess, and reading. His special passions were gardening and holidaying in his motor home.

George was predeceased by his wife Ivy, his son Trevor, and his sister Edna. He will be lovingly remembered by his daughter Leslie, his son Glen, his grandchildren Heather, John, Sandon, Sarah, Jesse and Sage, and seven great-grandchildren.

The family is very appreciative of the many kindnesses extended to George by friends and neighbors during his years in Creston.

“Nature produces the greatest results with the simplest means. These are the sun, flowers, water, and love.” -Heinrich Heine

A Celebration of Life will be held at Hainstock’s Funeral Home, 9810-34 Ave. in Edmonton on Sunday, June 12, 2011 at 11:00 a.m.

Friends wishing to make a memorial tribute may do so to The Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC & Yukon, 1212 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC V6H 3V2