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GEORGE BRIAN FERRIS It is with deep regret and great sorrow that we announce the passing of George Brian Ferris on Sunday, June 17, 2012 at the age of 68; beloved husband to Judy for 48 loving years. He was an amazing father to Kim and Brian (Denise). Cherished by his grandchildren, Alyssa, Stefani, Matthew, Brittany and Amy, step-grandchildren Courtney and Colton; sisters Betty, Lorraine and Carrie, and, brothers Stan and Bob. George was predeceased by his parents Frank and Jean, and brother Larry. He is left to mourn by his Aunts Laura (George), Florence and Ida, countless cousins, nieces, nephews and friends so close, they have become family! George was born October 5, 1943 on the family homestead 100 miles north of Winnipeg, just outside Chatfield, Manitoba. As the eldest boy in the family, he quickly developed an outstanding work ethic which carried throughout the rest of his life and became the underlying ethos of his character. There was no job too big or small; George took on any challenge, with gusto, perseverance and became a man worthy of the utmost admiration and respect. George moved to Winnipeg at the age of 18. He found an interest in boxing and as with all of his endeavors he rose to the top and achieved the status of Manitoba Welter Weight Champion and later Middle Weight Champion . He worked for Bond Ronald candy factory where he met the love of his life Judy. After George proposed to Judy, he realized that he needed to become a better provider so they could start a family. He landed a job at a foundry in Winnipeg, where he worked until the company went bankrupt. This set him on the path of his life long career in the construction industry. In 1975 George and his partners started a company called Pourex Limited. Keeping true to his form, Pourex exceeded expectations and became one of Winnipeg's premiere road construction companies and later helped form Bituminex Ltd. Throughout the years, George built up a solid reputation as man who was very reliable and true to his word. This applied to all aspects of his life. He was very active in the St. John Brebuef Parish, worked tirelessly with Knights of Columbus #1107 and served actively as a member of the Board of Directors for Columbus Courts. People knew that if they needed to get something done and done right, all they had to do was call George ! George was not all work and no play. Just as he worked hard, he played hard, at the Horse Track and Casinos all over the world. He was an avid hunter, loved curling and travelling. George and Judy spent many years traveling all over the world, but their favourite getaway was Hawaii with a large group of friends and many nights playing chase the ace! George was first and foremost a family man. He was a tower of strength to his family and friends. He was particularly proud of his role as Papa to his seven grandchildren. Not only was he a colleague, friend, confidante, uncle, brother, grandfather, father and husband; he was a mentor and father figure, who deeply touched the heart and soul of the people he came in contact with and will be forever loved and missed. Funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 21 at St. John Brebeuf Roman Catholic Church, 1707 John Brebeuf Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Viewing prior to the Mass at 12:30 p.m. Father Mark A. Tarrant presiding. Interment will follow at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 22 at the Windsor Cemetery in Tuelon, Manitoba. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 200-6 Donald Street, Winnipeg, MB R3L 0K6. The family would like to thank the Emergency Medical Team that arrived on the scene, whose tireless efforts gave us the opportunity to say goodbye. We also want to thank the nursing staff at both Victoria and St. Boniface Hospitals who helped us through this time of grief with respect and dignity. More importantly, we want to thank our close family and friends who were there by our side during this time of sorrow. Special thanks to Fran and George Van Walleghem and family who nourished our body and spirit. LECLAIRE BROTHERS in care of arrangements, 775-2220.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on June 19, 2012
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