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GEORGE MAURICE EVANS, CD
Born: Apr 16, 1927
Date of Passing: Dec 13, 2020Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
GEORGE MAURICE EVANS, CD
April 16, 1927 - December 13, 2020
He will be lovingly remembered and missed by his children, daughter Susan (Tom) Middleton, son David and daughter Jennifer, his grandchildren, Scott (Martha) Middleton and Ashleigh (Shawn) Middleton and great- grandchildren Emily Middleton, Rebecca Middleton, Thomas Andersen and Mackenzie Andersen. He will also be missed by his sister-in-law Betty Reid and other family members and friends. He was predeceased by his wife of 54 years, Shirley, and his brother Ron.
George was born and raised in Brandon, Manitoba. He was a sought-after hockey goalie in his youth, often called up to play in more senior leagues. After a brief stint in Army Cadets, he joined Air Cadets in 1942 where he first learned to fly a glider in 1945 and an airplane (Tiger Moth) in 1946. He met his wife Shirley in 1946 and married her in 1949. They had their first child in Brandon and built their first house there. He continued with the Brandon squadron as an instructor until he left Brandon in 1956 to pursue a career in Air Traffic Control. That career took him to Winnipeg, Fort William, and back to Winnipeg in 1957 where he remained for the rest of his life. His two youngest children were born in Winnipeg in 1959 and 1961. While in Fort William he was an instructor with No. 66 Fort William Squadron. When he came back to Winnipeg in 1957, he joined No. 573 Legion 141 Squadron. In 1958 he was called upon to help spearhead the reactivation of No. 191 West Winnipeg Rotary Squadron where he rose to Commanding Officer from 1980 until he retired in 1986 and joined the Manitoba Provincial Committee of the Air Cadet League. George was promoted to Major in 1985 and was awarded the CD and Bar. George spent several summers as a flight instructor with the Air Cadet Gliding Program in Penhold, Alberta as well with the Manitoba Gliding Program at CFB Portage and other airports in Brandon, Neepawa, Dauphin, Rivers and Manitou for many years.
George was awarded the Air Cadet League of Canada (Manitoba) Distinguished Service Award in 2009 and an Air Cadet League of Canada Presidential Citation in 2010 for his lifetime of service to Air Cadets.
George was also active in the Shrine (Vintage Cars), the Masonic Lodge, The Western Canada Aviation Museum and the Manitoba Soaring Council. He was also a member of the St. James Legion.
His hobbies included, flying, gliding, golfing and curling. He got his first hole in one at the age of 80 at the Assiniboine Golf Club where he was longtime member. He loved travelling with family and friends including trips to the U.K., Europe and Africa. He always looked forward to getting together with friends at the Officers Mess on Friday nights.
Our family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff who cared for him at Concordia Hospital during the last weeks of his life.
A private family service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that you make a donation to Shriners Hospital, the Air Cadet League of Manitoba, or a charity of your choice.
Condolences may be left on the Neil Bardal website at www.neilbardalinc.com
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 19, 2020
Condolences & Memories (10 entries)
To the Evans family, I wanted to express the wonderful fact of our families 54 years of friendship starting in Brandon,Manitoba in 1947. Along the way we enjoyed together so many experiences and great times- too many to mention. Please stay in touch with Cindy with any family news. My memory of your dad will always remain as he was my best and longest friend. Terry Steer - Posted by: Terry Steer (Best friends ) on: Feb 06, 2021
Susan, Jennifer, David and family, Sending condolences and hugs your way. Dad will be writing out his thoughts which I will post shortly. I am so glad we did get to see your dad and spend some time with him a few years back. It was a good visit. My whole childhood was entwined with your family. Remembering all the social events, dinners and parties that went on. Everyone had a fun time. I will always remember your Dad and Mom. They were good to us. Look after yourselves and stay safe. Love to you all. - Posted by: Terry Steer and family (Great friends and travelling cohorts) on: Jan 26, 2021
I always enjoyed hearing George’s stories from times that seemed so much closer when he was telling them than when he would drop a date into the story that felt out of place with the story. My condolences to all of his other friends and family. George will be missed on Fridays at the Officer Mess as I’m sure elsewhere. - Posted by: Capt Ian Coupland (Friend and colleague) on: Jan 04, 2021
George was a true friend always will to help. He was a tremendous positive source of love in our household and I am sure elsewhere...always with a story to tell. - Posted by: Rod McMorran (Son of George's friend Jack McMorran) on: Jan 04, 2021
I'm very sorry to hear of George's passing. I spent many a time over the years listing to all his stories as he reminisced with my father, Jack McMorran. This was especially appreciated during my dad's declining years as George would visit him almost every day. He will be missed by the McMorran family. - Posted by: Sherry McMorran (Daughter of one of George's life long best friends) on: Jan 02, 2021
I am deeply saddened to hear about George’s death. He had some really great times with my father, Jack McMorran, and I am so great full for that friendship. How wonderful it was that George lived to be 93 years old! - Posted by: Deborah McMorran (Daughter of George’s good friend, Jack McMorran) on: Jan 01, 2021
So sorry for your loss Dave. We're thinking about you and family. Take care. - Posted by: Bob and Heather Hobson (Friend) on: Dec 22, 2020
I Sam sorry to hear about George passing. I worked with him for many years in the old ATC Centre. Condolences to the family. - Posted by: Dale Hannah (ATC Friend ) on: Dec 20, 2020
Thank you George for sharing your knowledge with us. WPG ATC School 1972. RIP. - Posted by: Grant MacDonald (Student) on: Dec 20, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you, at this difficult time. - Posted by: Dianne Grabon (Friend ) on: Dec 20, 2020
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