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Born: Jan 21, 1925

Date of Passing: Aug 17, 2017

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GEORGE IVAN HENRY ATWELL January 21, 1925 - August 17, 2017 On August 17, 2017 our father, George Ivan Henry Atwell, passed away peacefully at 92 years of age in the company of family members. A blend of intellect, character, passion, humour, and, (particularly once his kids grew up), joyfulness, he cherished being a father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He will be missed by family in Canada, Trinidad and around the world. Dad was born in Siperia, Trinidad where, at the age of 14, he left school to work in the oil fields to support his mother and eight siblings upon the illness and subsequent death of his father. Obtaining his high school diploma through correspondence courses, he came to Winnipeg in 1949 to attend the University of Manitoba. On his second day in Canada, he met Frances Helen Brown, then a recent pharmacy graduate, whose family owned the boarding house where he would live for the next few years. Dad and Frances, our mom, married in 1953. Dad became a teacher and they had the seven of us children. They moved to St. Norbert in 1959 where they lived and were active in the community until they became residents at Deer Lodge Centre in 2015. While in university, Dad joined the Canadian Naval Reserve, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander (Major). The Navy remained a significant part of his entire life and the Canadian Armed Forces was a source of support through his final years at Deer Lodge Centre. In the 1960s, Dad started an apiary (honey farm) having learned beekeeping from his father as a child. Sons Gerry and James spent many summers working hard at Dad's side and getting stung while the rest of us enjoyed honey comb, fresh out of the hive. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, while teaching English and French, Dad started writing and had two stage plays (one in English and one in French) produced in Winnipeg and Brandon by St. Norbert's Theatre St. Genese company. George Atwell was an extraordinary man and we are truly fortunate to have had him as our father so long into our lives. A person of unshakeable integrity and character, along with our mother, he will remain our moral compass always. Dad was predeceased by his loving wife of almost 62 years, our mom, Frances, his sisters, Lucille, Ella and Ruth and his brothers, Arthur, Frank and Harold. He is survived by his brother, John, his sister, Phyllis, his children, Carol (Richard), Judy (Paul), Jocelyn (Ken), Gerry, Vincent (Angie), James (Suzanne) and Cathleen (Simon), his grandchildren Sean, Carla (Darrin), Brendan (Jarita), Nicola, Bennet, Kim and Julien, great-grandchildren Caleb and Jacob, as well as family around the world. We extend our heartfelt thanks to Louise Dubois for her years of dedication to Dad as his personal caregiver. Thanks also to Deer Lodge Centre, particularly the Tower 4 staff, for our father's care over the past three years. A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St., Winnipeg. A celebration of George Atwell's life will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at HMCS Chippawa, 1 Navy Way (entrance off Assiniboine Avenue at Smith Street), Winnipeg, Manitoba. If so desired, in lieu of flowers, please make a donation in George Atwell's name to the charity of your choice.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 22, 2017

Condolences & Memories (13 entries)

  • Condolences to the family. He was an awesome teacher. I was a student of his at Aberdeen School in the 70s and remember him quite well. RIP Sir. - Posted by: Dawn Bronk (Past Student) on: Sep 19, 2017

  • Thinking of you all at this sad time. Make this time of mourning bring the family unit closer, gaining strength and support and courage from each other and also from close friends. Remember the memories you had of George. Our deepest sympathy. May he Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Cynthia,Philip Green & Dirka Prout (friend) on: Aug 26, 2017

  • My deepest Condolances to Mr Atwell's family.......Mr. Atwell taught me English when I went to Aberdeen School in the 1970s. He was a memorable teacher... Rest In Peace Sir - Posted by: Carol Chubaty (Student fr Aberdeen High School) on: Aug 25, 2017

  • Condolences to the Atwell family on your great loss. From the Dindayal Family in both Canada and Trinidad. - Posted by: Gary Dindayal (Friend) on: Aug 25, 2017

  • Sincere condolences to you, your family. George was a true genuine soul that on meeting him you knew he had a keen interest in any topic of conversation you both were engaged in. He made you feel welcome and important. A very impressionable memory of my interactions with him will carry me forward as I hope for you. Sincerely Martin and family. - Posted by: Martin Mcsween (Second Nephew) on: Aug 24, 2017

  • Our deepest condolences to the Atwell family on the passing of Mr Atwell. - Posted by: Darrell Pelland (Friend) on: Aug 23, 2017

  • Our cherished friends George and Francis. Will never be forgotten and I will especially miss our games of scrabble and our lovely get together of fun and laughter. You will be always missed. Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live. Our deepest sympathy to all the Atwell family with much love. Indra and Richard - Posted by: Richard Haugh (Very dear old friends) on: Aug 23, 2017

  • Cathy and Family, My deepest sympathies on the loss of your dear father, grandfather and friend. May he rest in peace and may you find comfort in knowing that he is with your mom. Find comfort in the good and happy memories, they will bring you comfort during this difficult time. God Bless! - Posted by: Paulo Cabral (From Air Canada) (Friend) on: Aug 22, 2017

  • George and Francis we're great friends and will be truly missed. They were close friends of my parents, and soon became good friends to me as well. George was a great help in my graduating from university by providing and supporting me with ideas for my thesis. Even after graduating we kept in contact. I had many a great meals with him and his family, what wonderful cooks! Always enjoyed their sweet potato. My only regret is allowing life to become a distraction from spending more time with the people we truly care about. He and Francis supported us through difficult times especially as my parents transitioned from Winnipeg to England. He was a wonderful person and always a thinker, never letting his mind go to waste as most tend to do as they get older. I would say very blessed life and I am so thankful he is with the Father now. Blessings to all his family. - Posted by: Bruce Haugh (Friend) on: Aug 22, 2017

  • A great man from a remarkable family. - Posted by: Margaret Robinson-Gudmundson (Friend of family) on: Aug 22, 2017

  • He was a great teacher and he knew how to teach. Thank you Mr. Atwell Elmwood High School - Posted by: Renate ( Lohr ) Gardy (student) on: Aug 22, 2017

  • Very sorry to hear about your father's passing. I was in the French play he wrote "La fille d'Assiniboine", we even performed at the Drama festival in Brandon. I always enjoyed visiting your parents in St. Norbert when I would return Jack Nobiss - Posted by: Jack Nobiss (Friend ) on: Aug 22, 2017

  • Our very sincere condolences to all the Atwell family. When we lived in St Norbert, George and Frances and family were great neighbours. So sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Colette et Hubert Mangin () on: Aug 22, 2017

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