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Born: Oct 15, 1926

Date of Passing: Jun 13, 2018

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GEORGE W.P. HEFFELFINGER "Take me to the feasting hall of Valhalla." Wagner aficionado, #fanboy, and bonsai artist, George Heffelfinger died peacefully on June 13, 2018 in Victoria, BC. George was born to Ruth Jones and George Heffelfinger Sr. in Minneapolis on October 15, 1926. He was predeceased by his wife Jane in 2011. George spent formative years in Winnipeg which influenced his later decision to move to Canada. After a stint in the US Navy, he met and married Jane Sayler while attending the University of Minnesota. Together they lived in Grenfell and Thunder Bay before settling in Winnipeg to raise their five children. George and Jane were one of the city's original arts and politics 'super couples'. George was served on the board of the Manitoba Centennial Corporation and was part of a campaign that raised money to build many of Winnipeg's institutions of that era, the Concert Hall, Museum, Planetarium and Theatre Centre as well as the Centre Cultural Franco-Manitoban and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. George was a longtime liberal supporter who worked closely with Israel Asper and Lloyd Axworthy. After 25 years at National Grain, they moved to Victoria. Too young to retire, George became business manager and part owner of Monday Magazine an alternative weekly. A passion for opera led to become involved in the founding of Pacific Opera Victoria. An avid cyclist, George toured Europe extensively with family and friends. In later years, he developed a serious interest in Bonsai, serving as president of the American Bonsai Society. The best of his collection can be seen at the Horticulture Centre of the Pacific in Saanich. We will be remembering George at a Celebration of Life at the Horniculture Centre of the Pacific in Saanich, on July 4.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 30, 2018

Condolences & Memories (1 entries)

  • George was one of the most influential people in my life as I was but a child when I came to know him. Generous,eccentric, funny and brilliant, only touch the surface as I recall his uniqueness of spirit and the memories I will forever cherish. His love of music, Victoria Beach, skiing at Sunshine, introducing me to Pete Seeger upon his arrival at the old Winnipeg airport when I was 9 and his tolerance of us performing dreadful versions of Beatles tunes on the third floor of the old home on Avonhurst or running down Hosmer with a string of ladyfinger fire crackers alight on Victoria Day. I could go on and on. What an incredible life so well lived. Thank you George...for everything. - Posted by: Daniel Donahue (Friend) on: Jul 02, 2018

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