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GEORGE MACDONALD

Date of Passing: Nov 19, 2019

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GEORGE MACDONALD

Today, Saturday, November 30, 2019 George's funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. in Wojcik's Funeral Chapel, 1020 Main Street at Manitoba Avenue with Rev. Liz Richens presider. For those who wish, viewing will be held prior to the service at 12:00 p.m.

Condolences may be sent to
www.wojciksfuneralchapel.com


Publish Date: Nov 30, 2019

GEORGE MACDONALD

On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, George passed away, peacefully at home, at the age of 89 years.
Remaining to cherish George's memory are his loving wife of 64 years, Phyllis, and children, David and Cynthia (Robert) Singer. He also leaves his brother-in-law John Harrington and family; "Windsor Cousins", John George MacDonald, Anne Handy, Heather Higginbottom (Sam) and their families.
He was predeceased by his parents, Charles and Isabella MacDonald, and his sister Heather. He was also predeceased by his brother-in-law William Harrington (Vivian), sister-in-law Joanne Harrington, nephew Jason Killick, uncle Don MacDonald (Margaret), aunt Katy Ann MacDonald (John), cousins, James MacDonald, Archibald MacDonald (Alexis) and Catherine Kellington (Renee).
From his teen years on, George was almost unimaginably driven. For virtually all of his adult working life, he held two jobs. He began as a theatre projectionist at the age of 18, and continued to hold that position, even as he joined the Technical staff of CBC Manitoba at the very dawn of the television age in the 1950s. He held both jobs, simultaneously, for over 40 years. Of the hundreds of CBC productions that he was involved with, he considered his assignment to the 1976 Montreal Olympics to be a highlight of his career, as well as his stint of several years as "Behind-the-Glass-George" on the "Northern Manitoba Morning Show". He also somehow found the time to establish his own video business. His remembrances of working as a projectionist in Winnipeg's cinemas from the late 1940s on can be found in Russ Gourluck's recent book, "Silver Screens of the Prairies."
Of all of his accomplishments, George was most proud of the "Certificate of Appreciation" that he received in 1976 from the Winnipeg Police Service, for the part he played in foiling an armed robbery in progress.
George enjoyed spending time with his family, loved music, and had a beautiful singing voice. He was also a talented artist, drawing and painting just as well with his left hand as his right. Any spare time was devoted to his fanatical love of boxing, which he shared with several of his cronies, especially fellow fanatic Val.
George loved meeting new people, and in his retirement he travelled, together with Phyllis, throughout North America, the Caribbean and the British Isles. He also loved animals, especially his beloved Doberman Pinscher Hailey, and 'foster Dobie' Mindy.
On Saturday, November 30, 2019 George's funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. in Wojcik's Funeral Chapel, 1020 Main Street at Manitoba Avenue with Rev. Liz Richens presider. For those who wish, viewing will be held prior to the service at 12:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba would be greatly appreciated.

Condolences may be sent to www.wojciksfuneralchapel.com

"Because I could not stop for Death /
He kindly stopped for me..." -- Dickinson


Publish Date: Nov 29, 2019

GEORGE MACDONALD

On Tuesday, November 19, 2019 George passed away at his home, at the age of 89 years.
George's funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. in Wojcik's Funeral Chapel, 1020 Main Street at Manitoba Avenue with Rev. Liz Richens presider. For those who wish, viewing will be held prior to the service at 12:00 p.m.

Condolences may be sent to www.wojciksfuneralchapel.com


Publish Date: Nov 28, 2019

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 28, 2019, Nov 29, 2019, Nov 30, 2019

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I’ll always remember going to a Hutterite colony with George and my dad. The two of them had so much fun teasing the women. I remember the ladies saying how bad they were, but how much they enjoyed their visits. Such a funny great memory! He really was a great guy. I’m sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Lori Joyal (Friend of family) on: Nov 30, 2019

  • It is impossible for me to express a lifetime of love and memories in a few words. George, you embodied all that is good in a person. You loved and accepted me. You welcomed me in your home always and never judged me. I am eternally grateful for all of the joy you gave me. You are “ Simply the Best”. - Posted by: Carol Fox-Good (Adopted daughter/ close friend. ) on: Nov 29, 2019

  • RIP George you will be missed by many... - Posted by: Bob Singer (Son in law) on: Nov 29, 2019

  • George was always fun to be around. I didn't know him well enough to be familiar with all his talents and accomplishments. Like George , many of us look on the '76 Olympics as the peak of our careers. We were known as the "Winnipeg Mafia" because so many of us assigned were from " the Peg". Arvel and I are thinking of you today. - Posted by: Murray Parker (colleague) on: Nov 29, 2019

  • So sorry to hear of George's passing. He was one of my favorite folks I had the opportunity to work with at the Corp. Never down and George always had a smile on his face and laughed all the time. We will miss him at our Pensioner luncheons where he added so much fun. My thoughts and prayers to George's family. We all have lost one of the good ones. - Posted by: Lionel Moore (Friend and CBC Co-Worker) on: Nov 29, 2019

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