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Date of Passing: Jul 06, 2021

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George Harold Curle passed away, with his wife of 71 years, Mercedes by his side, on July 6, 2021, at the age of 92 years.
George was predeceased by his father Arthur Curle (1963) and mother Minnie Curle (1980).
George is lovingly remembered by his wife Mercedes, children, Bruce (Cathy) Curle, Linda (Cliff) Bakowski, Nancy (Robert) Dubicki, and grandchildren, Nancy Mazur, Christopher Curle, Tyler Dubicki and Samantha Dubicki.
George was born and raised in Winnipeg and graduated from Gordon Bell High School. During these school years he met what would become his lifelong sweetheart and partner, Mercedes Huuk. This resulted in a beautiful June wedding in 1950. They had recently celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary.
George started his career with the Winnipeg Police Department in 1950. In the early years of his career George was a beat cop who wore one of the infamous Police buffalo coats during winter. George soon became a traffic cop, trading his boots for a motorcycle. This may have seemed like a good idea at the time, but riding a motorcycle trike in -25 degree weather was a challenge. These winters resulted in his permanently rosy cheeks. During his career George was also involved with the Winnipeg School Patrol program and was instrumental with the Police and Pal program which helped underprivileged children. George was respected by his peers and worked his way up through the ranks of the Police Department, retiring in 1987 with the rank of Detective Sargeant.
George was an accomplished carpenter who built a house on Inkster Boulevard in the early 1950s. A cottage in Sandy Hook followed in 1960. However, it was the clear waters and fish of Ontario calling which resulted in purchasing a cottage on War Eagle Lake in 1984. George cherished his time at the cottage and could not wait to get out there after a week at work. Mert would be waiting outside the Police Station, the car all packed up and ready to go, with a Mr Submarine sandwich and a coke for the two hour drive. George loved his time at the lake, it didn't matter whether he was fishing in the rain, snowmobiling, building all sorts of wooden crafts, shooting targets, exploring all the lakes, islands and caves or telling stories with family on the deck. That cabin got quite crowded at times, but no one ever complained about that. Family was everything to Dad and he was very proud of his children and grandchildren.
In accordance with George's wishes cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held at a later date.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 10, 2021

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • I was searching for another obituary today and as often happens throughout the year I was recalling memories of George and Mert. I’m saddened to hear of his passing. He was such a wonderful man. I received a thoughtful card shortly after leaving War Eagle Lake and I still have that card in my memory box. I will always remember the water fights we had with balloons when my children Jordan and Christopher were small toddlers. I’m going way back to the late 80s. George and Mert were wonderful people and willing to help whenever they could. My sincere belated condolences. - Posted by: Nina Woodward (NBext door neighbor at War Eagle Lake) on: Aug 20, 2022

  • So sorry to hear of George's passing. He was her first cousin. - Posted by: Wayne & Sandra Leland (Son of Ruth Leland (deceased Nov. 2/21)) on: Nov 05, 2021

  • So sorry to hear of this loss. Linda, you and I went to high school together and you tried to contact me one time at our business when I was unavailable. I lost your contact information but would like to connect. Please find me on facebook. I couldn't find you. Sincere condolences on the loss of your Dad and deepest sympathy to your Mum especially after 71 years together. - Posted by: Erma Bergen-Glowasky (school friend) on: Aug 04, 2021

  • I was so sorry to learn about the loss of George. I worked as clerical in the Court Unit at the Police Department and George was my Sergeant in the unit for a number of years. He was such a friendly person and such a great mentor. Please accept my condolences and know that you are in my prayers. - Posted by: Kathy (Thompson) on: Aug 03, 2021

  • I remember meeting Mr Curle many times at our house. I know mom and dad cared a lot for George, I send my condolences. Bob - Posted by: robert gray (son of Vi and Wally Gray and retired p/sgt WPS) on: Jul 22, 2021

  • I was a member of Police And Pal, Mr George Curle and Mr Fred Cross taught me how to shoot a 22 Rifle. He was the nicest police officer you could ever meet. Because of his training me I earned MARKSMANSHIP Level. He was proud of us kids and had us enter a rifle competition against 30 other teams, we came in second place. I remember him telling me he got shot in the face when he responded to a robbery call. I didn't become a police officer but became a security guard manager, and over the coarse of 15 years I trained a number of guards who became police officers. My condolences to the family on your great loss. - Posted by: Dave Whitehead (Pal) on: Jul 22, 2021

  • My condolences to the Curle Family. I worked with Linda & Mert at HSC and was fortunate enough to meet Mr. Curle a number of times. A very warm & loving family. - Posted by: Heather Kirby (Coworker of Linda) on: Jul 11, 2021

  • When I was in grade 6, I was a school patrol at Faraday School. We we checked regularly by Constable George Curle. That year our group were picked as the second best in Winnipeg and as a reward Constable Curle escorted us to a Saturday afternoon movie at the Metropolitan Theatre. I really looked up to Mr. Curle and he always looked so polished in his shiny boots, perfect uniform and shiny Harley. I knew then I wanted to be a policeman and so did my younger brother, Dennis. As the years passed we all worked in different divisions. My brother died of cancer three years ago and is now with George. On December 7, 1978, I was working in the Vice Division. I was set up by two bad individuals in front of the infamous Occidental Hotel. I was stabbed by one and hit over the head from behind with a metal bar. Subsequently I shot both men. One died and the other survived. When I woke up in the recovery ward the first person I saw was now Det/Sgt George Curle. He was investigating the incident but was more concerned about my health and my family. I thought at first that I had gone from 11 years old to the present and was in Heaven. George was well liked by everyone and the example of the perfect cop and family man. I send my very deepest condolences to the Curle family. In my prayers, Bill Bell - Posted by: Bill BELL (friend and former co-worker) on: Jul 10, 2021

  • Although a decade or so Junior to George recall his being one of the nicest guys with a perpetual smile and positive attitude. RIP George. - Posted by: Bill Nicholson (WPD alumni) on: Jul 10, 2021

  • I met Mr. Curle through my dear friend Cathy. He seemed to to me to be a quiet unassuming man, a tall handsome happy and gentle man, always smiling, a perfect gentleman, (like his son Bruce). The last time I saw him was at Cathy and Bruce's wedding. He was so happy. Even though it is a sad time to lose a parent, and life long partner, it appears that he did have a long happy life. I am deeply sorry for his love ones. Please accept my condolences. - Posted by: marianne humphreys (friend of his son and daughter-inlaw) on: Jul 10, 2021

  • I had the great fortune of meeting George and hearing some of his life stories. He is someone I will always remember. I’m sending my deepest condolences to Mert and family. - Posted by: Barb (Friend ) on: Jul 10, 2021

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