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Born: Jul 01, 1919

Date of Passing: Oct 31, 2015

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GEORGE WATERS In sadness the family of George Waters announces his passing at Grace Hospital in Winnipeg on October 31, 2015. George was predeceased by his wife Constance in 1997, his father John George in 1919, his mother Margaret Ann Miller in 1971, and his sister Betty in 2011. He is survived by his children John, Ann (Wolfgang), Isobel (Grant), Bruce (Carol), Gordon (Linda), and Frances; his grandchildren Scott, Jen (Jeff), Matthew, Susan, Lindsay (Sean), Meghan (Christopher), and David; and his great-grandchild FĂ©lix. George was born in Winnipeg on July 1, 1919. When he was only six weeks old, his father drowned at Grand Beach. He grew up in Winnipeg's West End and never forgot the support and kindness he and his family received from charities and community groups like the Salvation Army in the 1920s and 1930s. Upon completing high school at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate, George began working to help support his mother and sister. In 1941 George enlisted in the R.C.A.F. and served through the Second World War, for most of that time on R.C.A.F. Bomber Command bases in Yorkshire. It was there that he met his future wife, Constance, who was in the British Women's Auxiliary Air Force of the R.A.F., and they were married in Liverpool in December 1944. Following the war, George and Connie settled in Winnipeg and raised a family of six children. From 1946 through the early 1960s, George worked in sales and management positions in the life insurance, food import, and candy production businesses. During that period he was active in the R.C.A.F. Auxiliary (Winnipeg), primarily as the Commanding Officer of the Recruiting Unit. From 1962, he worked for 23 years with the Federal Department of Veterans' Affairs as the Personnel Director of Deer Lodge Hospital in St. James. George retired in 1985. George was very committed to serving his community, particularly with respect to education. For 18 years he was a School Trustee for the St. James-Assiniboia School Division and served as the chair of the School Board and its various committees. Throughout his career, George championed programs providing opportunities for students, including the St. James Scholarship Foundation and the Work Experience Program for Special Education students. In the 1990s he and Connie helped establish the Laureate Academy, a private school for students with learning disabilities. He participated in many other community activities, including the United Nations Association, the Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada, the Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce, and the publication and sale of Paths to Freedom, the wartime memoir of his friend Bob Kellow. For his considerable community service, George received many awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee and Diamond Jubilee Medals and the 125th Anniversary of Confederation of Canada Medal, and was the only Honorary Lifetime Member of the Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce. Perhaps the honour that pleased him the most was the naming of the George Waters Middle School in St. James. George will be remembered by his family for many things, including his sweet tooth that made Peek Frean's cookies, Werther's candies, and Welch's grape juice constants in his life. His frequently told stories of growing up in Winnipeg almost 100 years ago, of wartime in England, and of his many work and public roles will be part of the family for many years to come. The family is deeply appreciative and grateful to Dr. Christina Winogrodzka, to Dr. Macek and the healthcare staff of Grace Hospital's 5 North Ward and Emergency Department, and to Misericordia Health Centre's Urgent Care for their care of and kindness to George during his final years. A service of remembrance will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at 2:00 p.m. at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home, 4000 Portage Avenue in Winnipeg. A reception will be held in the Chapel Lawn Reception Centre following the service. Cremation has taken place. In lieu of flowers, donations in George's memory may be made to the St. James Scholarship Foundation (Constance Waters Fund), 2574 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3J 0H8 or to a charity of one's choice. For those who wish to sign the online Guest Book please visit our website. Chapel Lawn 204-885-9715

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 07, 2015

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • The Nitychoruk family remembers a neighbor & friend to the family with great respect. Our best wishes to the Waters family. - Posted by: Bob Nitychoruk (former Sharpe Blvd neighbours) on: Feb 24, 2016

  • George was an inspiring figure from his earliest days in the west end through to his passing. He was a true humanitarian in all that he did. - Posted by: Tom Dercola () on: Nov 12, 2015

  • We will miss George at our scholarship meetings - each annual meeting he would arrive with his "typed" cheque to support the scholarship he set up in honour of his wife Constance. He regaled us with his wonderful stories and was a true gentle man. - Posted by: Carol Polonski (Member of the St James Assiniboia Scholarship Foundation) on: Nov 10, 2015

  • George Waters was always an educational inspiration to all he shared his thoughts with. He not only talked the talk, he walked the walk. I grew up across the back lane from the Waters family, George and Connie raised their family to be contributors to their community. He is one of the reasons I am a St. James Assiniboia School Trustee. George was a genuine man. - Posted by: Scott Johnston (School Trustee) on: Nov 10, 2015

  • George and his wife Constance were truly fine citizens. George was a very good friend of my father. My father looked up to George and respected him deeply. We have lost a true humanitarian... a gap that can not be replaced. My deepest sympathy to George's family. - Posted by: Jan Connon (nee- Kellow) (Bob Kellow's daughter and friend of George) on: Nov 10, 2015

  • George was a stalwart in the Canadian Aviation Historical Society, often entertaining us with tales from his remarkable life. One memorable occasion was when George was a feature speaker at our monthly meetings where he told the story of setting up bases for Bomber Command in England. He was also proud of his contribution to the success of the "Paths of Freedom" recounting the life of his friend Dam Buster Bob Kellow. Another amazing aspect of his life was his work with the St. James School Division as a trustee, where he was honoured by the naming of a school after his tenure as the head of the board of trustees. Always a gentleman, a a gentle man. I will surely miss him. - Posted by: Bill Zuk (Friend) on: Nov 08, 2015

  • My sincere condolences to all the family. I recall touring the chocolate factory and visiting the most active household in my school years with Sharen. I was always more than impressed! - Posted by: Grace Kennington Dansereau (friend of niece, Sharen Gibb Martinson) on: Nov 08, 2015

  • So long old friend. Fly the friendly skies. - Posted by: Bob Barry (RCAF Friend) on: Nov 07, 2015

  • Frances and family. So sorry to hear about the passing of your father. My sincerest and most heartfelt condolences. - Posted by: Teresa phillips (holt) () on: Nov 07, 2015

  • The staff and students of George Waters Middle School are saddened to hear this news. Mr. Waters was a kind, thoughtful, and generous man. We are proud to be a part of a school that bears his name. - Posted by: Andrew Mead () on: Nov 07, 2015

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