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1944 - 2020
He will forever be remembered by his loving wife of 50 years, Jean Hanson, daughter Krista Hanson (Calvin Kang), son Colin Hanson (Kirsten Hanson), and his six grandchildren, Eilä, Nathaniel, Miikka, Simone, Luka and Aaron, all of whom he adored. He was predeceased by his sister Evelyn Hanson and parents, Swan and Alice Hanson.
George was born in Dugald, Manitoba. Swan's family had emigrated from Norway and George identified with this heritage and enjoyed researching his lineage with trips to Norway in 1997 and 2007 being highlights. The meaning of the name George is "farmer, or to work the soil" which proved to be a hallmark of the man that he would become. Growing up working on the farm provided him with a love for growing and tending to plants and to appreciate the value of hard work. Losing his father at the age of seven chiselled the foundation for the nurturing son and brother he was, then the loving husband and father he became.
His attention to detail and careful planning carried him through a B.Sc. degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba. He continued on to a long career at Environment Canada, where he lent his technical skills to the Water Survey of Canada.
Church and his faith provided a strong foundation for everything in his life. Known for his gentle and compassionate spirit and always being there to listen, he was a calming influence and a voice of reason when decisions needed to be made. He was an example of honesty, thoughtful leadership, and always offered cheerful encouragement. Through different stages of his life he developed many friendships and memories playing baseball and hockey, as well as curling. In recent years George enjoyed spending time at the cottage with Jean, his children and grandchildren, and renewing and growing friendships over occasional coffee chats. Growing not only his gardens but also the many important relationships in his life, he was able to enjoy the fruits of his labours.
His unassuming kindness, compassion and friendship will be dearly missed by all who knew him. After years of caring for others George is now home, safe in the arms of his Lord and Saviour.
A private graveside service will be held at Millbrook Cemetery on Monday, August 31 with immediate family
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Association for Community Living in Beausejour, Manitoba which for many years was a great support to his family, (aclbb.com, to make a donation please contact Kim Paterson at 204-268-1803 Ext. 201), or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada at www.heartandstroke.ca
Condolences can be left at seasonsfunerals.ca on the George Hanson Memory Wall.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 29, 2020
Condolences & Memories (8 entries)
Dear Jean, Our condolences to you and your family on your recent joss. You are in our thoughts. God be with you. Alice. - Posted by: Alice and Richard Small (Alice (friend to Jean)) on: Sep 12, 2020
We, Christa and Horst Hempen, are very sad to receive this message from you. When we said goodbye to our visit to you, I said there is always a second time. That did not come true and we are very sad about that. Warm participation from Christa and Horst from Bad Zwieschenahn - Posted by: Horst und Christa Hempen (Familie) on: Sep 11, 2020
Jean, I am so very sorry to hear of your husband's passing. If it was sudden, we feel that you are still in a state of shock and loss. Our thoughts will be with you and your family as you meet each new day with newfound strength for a new challenge. Until we can get together again as a group, know that you are in our thoughts. - Posted by: Val Hastings (Friend, Girl's Group) on: Sep 03, 2020
So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you! - Posted by: Jim and Gillian Ross (High School friends of Jean) on: Sep 02, 2020
Sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family. *HUGS* - Posted by: Celeste (Friend of Colin & Kirsten) on: Sep 01, 2020
Jean, my prayers are with you and your family during this time. - Posted by: Bev (friend) on: Aug 30, 2020
We were so sorry to read of George’s passing. Rob will miss your smiling face in the simulcast at our church. Rob said that George always remembered his name and he appreciated that! Our thoughts and prayers are with you...much love, Rob & Wilma Geschiere - Posted by: Wilma & Rob Geschiere (Friend) on: Aug 29, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May You find strength in your family and friends and cherish your memories. Each and every day ahead will be a challenge. I will be thinking about you and include you in my prayers. With deepest sympathy. - Posted by: Linda Verasky (Friend to Jean) on: Aug 29, 2020
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