It is with deep sorrow and sadness that the family announces the passing of George William Calder, 77, on Saturday, June 3, 2000.
George was born May 10, 1923 in Fort Frances, Ont., to George (Valley) and Isabel Calder. He lived in Fort Frances the majority of his life, leaving only to serve in World War II as a Warrant Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
George worked in the local paper mill as a pipefitter for more than 46 years. He retired June 30, 1986 as a pipefitter foreman. In his younger days, he loved to play hockey and baseball. For many years, he coached and managed several hockey teams in the area.
George loved to watch his family play hockey at the local arena or watch any sports event on his T.V. He also was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Br. #29 of Fort Frances.
He will be always remembered for his smiling eyes, wink, and wave.
George will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Beatrice; children, Brent (Mary) Calder of Fort Frances, Valerie (Robert) Harrison of Edmonton, Cathy (Jerry) Woods of Winnipeg, Betty (John) DeGagne of Fort Frances, and Clint (Norma Jean) Calder of Oakville; and their mother, Lyla Norris of Edmonton.
Step-children include Jerry Calder of Port Hardy, B.C., and Jody (Carrie) and Cory Shypit of Fort Frances.
Also surviving are his grandchildren, Sherri (Darrell) Leverte, Amanda (Shawn) Jourdain, Chris Calder, Andrea and Erica Hanson, Curtis Harrison, Jeremy and Aimee Cunningham, Dan and Nathan DeGagne, Cheyenne and Abigail Calder, and Halle, Jeremy, and Britten Shypit; and five great-grandchildren.
He also leaves to mourn his sisters Jane (Jim) McLeod, Marge Williams, and Florence Hill, all of Fort Frances, Phyllis (Robert Shine of Chilliwack, B.C., and Mildred (Roland) Coulombe of Waseca, Mn.; brother, Gordon (Charlotte) Calder of Fort Frances; along with nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.
George was predeceased by his parents; sister, Violet and Melvina; brother, Gary; and stepdaughter, Chantell.
Prayers will be held Wednesday, June 7, 2000 at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances at 7 p.m., with visitation to follow.
Funeral services will be held at Green Funeral Home on Thursday, June 8, 2000 at 2 p.m. Rev. Barbara Murray will officiate, with interment at Riverview Cemetery in Fort Frances.
Pallbearers will be Ernie Calder Jr., Leonard Hill, Wayne McLeod, Valley Calder, Keith McKinnon, and Warren Williams.
Honourary pallbearers will be Joe McKelvie, John Moren, Angelo Dittaro, Whitey Christiansen, Vern O’Donnell, Ernie Calder Sr., Rick Richard, Sambo Fedoruk, Doug Brown, Tony Kadikoff, Dick Collet, and the Royal Canadian Legion Colour Party.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Manitou Mounds for the dialysis unit or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
The family would like to express their thanks and sincere gratitude to the staff of Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc., St. Andrews Unit, CCU, and especially Rainycrest for many years of care.
“You were always there when we needed you
No task too great or small
With a loving heart and a willing hand
For us you did them all.
Thanks for the many years you gave us,
And the precious times we shared,
We only pray when you left us
You knew how much we cared.
God saw you getting tired.
He knew it was not to be,
He put His arms around you
And said, “Come to Me”
Forever in our memories