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GEORGE WAKEFORD (AL)
Born: Jan 30, 1943
Date of Passing: Feb 22, 2020Offer Condolences or Memory Make a donation to CancerCare Manitoba Foundation
Al was predeceased by his wife Lorette Larocque, father Almer, mother Lorene, stepmother Margaret, and daughter Lorene.
He will be sadly missed by his brothers, Jim, Gordon and John, son Craig, stepchildren, Roger (Judy), Gerry, Danny, Norman (Michelle), Debbie, Andy (Karen), Marc and Jacquie (Jason), his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, as well as many friends.
Born in Regina, SK on January 30, 1943, to Almer and Lorene Wakeford, Al was raised in the village of Chaplin, SK by his father and stepmother, Margaret. A proud member of the Norwood Legion, he joined the Army in 1963 at age 20, first with the Royal Canadian Engineers and later the Royal Canadian Electrical and Mechanical Division. Upon completion of his basic training in Chilliwack, BC, he was stationed as a mechanic at CFB Gagetown in Oromocto, New Brunswick from 1963 to 1966. Upon being discharged in 1966, Al moved to Fredericton and began work in the automotive industry. In 1967, he moved to Winnipeg where he worked for Auto Supply and Canadian Tire before beginning work with Prairie Reman in 1971, where he remained until it closed in 2002. After working for a few years with Pacific Reman, he retired in 2006. A successful professional with a strong work ethic, Al's wisdom and experience made him a trusted advisor and confidante to his close family members. Caring, reliable and playful, he enjoyed visiting with his friends and family and could frequently be heard cracking jokes and laughing heartily wherever he went. Affectionately referred to as "Papa", Al was especially beloved by his grandchildren with whom he shared a special bond, and one of his greatest joys was watching his grandchildren play hockey. His playful energy, distinctive laugh and calm, reassuring presence will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
As per Al's wishes, a memorial service will not be held but a private interment will be taking place at a later date at Glen Lawn Memorial Gardens.
Flowers respectfully declined; memorial donations to CancerCare Manitoba in Al's honour are welcome.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at the Seine River Retirement Residence. as well as Al's caregivers for their compassionate care.
Family and friends may sign a
book of condolence at www.glenlawn.ca
Glen Lawn Funeral Home
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 07, 2020
Condolences & Memories (7 entries)
I was sorry to hear about Al. Worked with him at Prairie for many years. Also had occasion to have lunch with him after retirement. Al was one of the "good guys". G - Posted by: Gerry Bruneau (Co-worker at Prairie Reman) on: Aug 12, 2020
Miss you so much Papa!!! Thanks for the sound advice you always gave, and thanks for always being there for me! Love you very much, and you will always be in my heart!!! XOXOXO Debbie - Posted by: Debbie (Step-daughter) on: May 05, 2020
The Canadian Military Engineers extend to you and your family our deepest sympathies in your time of sorrow. Brigadier-General Steve M. Irwin, CD (Retired) Colonel Commandant of the Canadian Military Engineers https://cmea-agmc.ca/cme-family-last-post - Posted by: The Canadian Military Engineers (Military Colleagues) on: Mar 23, 2020
A good friend. Was a great coffee buddy where we would meet at the A&W each morning with the rest of the gang and solve all the world’s problems and latest jokes. Will be sadly missed. Glen P. - Posted by: Glen Pancoe (Friend) on: Mar 15, 2020
He was such an amazing person and he will be missed by so many, I meant to visit him but was told the news before I could. Love you and miss you always papa al ❤️ - Posted by: Lissa (granddaughter ) on: Mar 07, 2020
Condolences to the family! We are so sorry for your loss! Al will be missed by all who knew him. He will be with my sister at last! - Posted by: Julie & Gary (Brother in law) on: Mar 07, 2020
I was so very happy to have had the opportunity to visit with Al in July 2019. My husband Reginald and Al worked together at Prairie Reman from the moment Al started to work there and they became lifetime friends from that moment on. Al will always remain a friend in my heart. Perhaps he and Reg will meet up again in the other world as they are now both back to nature. - Posted by: Evelyn Keele (Friend) on: Mar 07, 2020
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