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Born: Aug 15, 1948
Date of Passing: Sep 23, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
August 15, 1948 - September 23, 2021
George is survived by his beloved wife
Susan of 47 years, his son Peter, daughter-in-law Tara, grandchildren, Grace and Luke, dear sister Mary and husband Kosta Kolitsas, in-laws, Ralph and Suzanne Harling, Fred and Chrys Harling, Rosemary Chapman, Jon and Janet Harling and many nieces and nephews.
George was predeceased by his parents, Peter and Lemonia, Aunt Theadora and Uncle Paul Stachow, brother-in-law Gary Chapman and numerous relatives in Greece.
George was born in Athens in 1948. His parents saw educational opportunities for George and Mary and emigrated to Canada in 1956. George was a bright and eager student and excelled at school. George graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 1969. While working for Lloyd Axworthy at the
Institute of Urban Studies, George completed his master's thesis on "Public Policy for Downtown Redevelopment in Winnipeg" at the University of Manitoba in 1971. Later he worked for Aronovitch and Leipsic on special projects, followed by a directorship at
It was at Heritage Winnipeg that George met Bob Dambach from Prairie Public TV. Together they created some memorable
documentaries, beginning with "Pyramids on the Prairies", "Lake Winnipeg", "Assiniboine Park", "Mennonites of Manitoba" (for which he won a Telly award), "Portage Avenue", and "Built on Agriculture". It was a wonderfully creative time for George and he thoroughly enjoyed it.
George was a unique and gifted individual. He was forthright, opinionated, curious and a marvellous wordsmith, which he credited to his Greek heritage. He loved words, using them and explaining them to others. He was always ready with a question.
George enjoyed creating and fixing things and had quite an artistic flair. Photography was an enduring passion. He had a terrific eye and captured some beautiful moments for which our family is forever grateful. In his
later years George enjoyed gardening,
sharing custody of Peter's dog, Ramsey, and most of all spending time with his first grandchild Grace, affectionately called "Kiki". He will be missed!
Very special thanks to our neighbours, Dr. Wayne and Carol Manishen for helping us when we needed it most. Also thanks to Dr. Johnson and Dr. Jose at Grace Hospital. Most especially thank you to Karen Corrigan, case coordinator at Grace who went above and
beyond to help George come home for his
final days. Thank you to Father Nikolaos Tambakis for his prayers and support to George and our family.
A funeral service will be held at St.
Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church on
Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 10:00 am. with burial at Brookside Cemetery.
Refreshments in the church hall following the burial.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 25, 2021
Condolences & Memories (14 entries)
So sorry to hear about your loss. We enjoyed chatting with George during the family visits to Regina at Mary and Kosta’s house. He was a wonderful person. May you find comfort with all your fond memories. Sending you are deepest sympathies. - Posted by: Helen Flengeris and Greg Schaffer (Family acquaintance ) on: Oct 03, 2021
Susan and family, Douglas and I are saddened to hear of George's passing. When I first met George in the early 1970s, working at Aronovitch & Leipsic, we quickly became office buddies. Lunch and coffee at Vince's in the Grain Exchange were always entertaining times. I was later impressed by the creativity he expressed in his documentaries and photography. George was clever, inquisitive, passionate, had a great sense of humour and the very best big laugh. - Posted by: Joyce Moroz (Friend) on: Sep 29, 2021
I met George through our shared respect for history. He was so knowledgeable about the architectural and social history of Winnipeg. We focused on the 1919 Strike and he was dedicated to learning from history and preserving the memory of what people did and sacrificed. He guided me in my research, he set up an important web site on the Strike and we collaborated on some of the Strike Tours we provided. I admired his calm dedication. - Posted by: Dennis Lewycky (colleague) on: Sep 29, 2021
From the days at Urban Studies in the 1970s, throughout all the years in between, I considered George to be my friend. We shared Interests and conversations, in and about, many things. I am going to miss that. Because of the state of Covid in Alberta, I do not think that I will be able or wise to attend the funeral, but I know that George would understand this. Rest Peacefully, my friend. - Posted by: Jim Cassidy (friend) on: Sep 27, 2021
I knew George as the older brother of my friend Mary and one of my fondest memories is helping to campaign for him when he ran for mayor. I remember him as very intelligent and always kind to his younger sister's friend. My deepest condolences to his family. I know you love him dearly and will always miss him. Sincerely, Bonnie Fraser - Posted by: Bonnie Fraser (Friend of George's sister) on: Sep 26, 2021
Τα συλλυπητήριά μας σε όλους. Αιωνία η μνήμη τού. Our condolences to all family. May his memory be eternal. - Posted by: Pat and John Philopoulos (Friends) on: Sep 26, 2021
I remember George from school days at Gordon Bell. He was involved in many activities and he loved to debate and discuss various topics of life. He was a real gentle person and a very nice guy. Wish l had kept in touch over the years but life happens. Sincere condolences to all of his family. He loved our city & heritage buildings. He will be remembered. - Posted by: Cynthia. ( Cindy ) Parker nee Osland (School friend ) on: Sep 26, 2021
I have known George and his sister Mary since they were very young people. George and I re-connected many years ago when I was working at Kelekis Restaurant and he often came to lunch. It was always a playful exchange of words as he was a very clever man and we exchanged jokes and stories about growing up Greek. I was saddened today to read this obituary as we had lost touch a few years ago. He had an intelligent mind, a quick wit and a streak of devilment in him. May his memory be eternal ...I miss our interchange of ideas and thoughts. - Posted by: James Pappas (FRIEND) on: Sep 25, 2021
I met George while involved in the exchange district revitalization in the 80’s. We didn’t always agree but I had tremendous respect for George with all of his passion. Met him again years later for coffee and heard firsthand about his photography adventures, films, photos and life in general. He loved life and people, but especially family. A very fine individual to be missed. - Posted by: Robb Miles (Friend) on: Sep 25, 2021
Dear Susan and family, We were saddened to learn of George’s passing. We always enjoyed chatting with you and George when you would visit Mary and Kosta in Regina. It was always interesting and fun! Please accept our sincere condolences. May his memory be eternal! - Posted by: Effie Liagridonis (Friend) on: Sep 25, 2021
I worked with George many years ago in the 70’s, at Aronovitch & Lepsic. We worked alongside a few very interesting people in the special projects/development group and all of us formed a special bond. Coffee breaks at Vince’s in the Grain Exchange Building were some of the most fun times I ever experienced on the job. I also learned a great deal working with George. My husband Richard and I got to know Susan as well and broke bread with them several times - this was all before Peter came along. We lost touch over the years, but I can truly say George made an indelible mark with everyone he knew. Rest In Peace my friend! - Posted by: Mary-Ann Woroniak (Former work colleague ) on: Sep 25, 2021
I met George through Susan as we taught in the same school together. My husband, Jan, and I became very good friends with them and had wonderful games nights and delicious Greek food at restaurants and their place after they were married. George had a great sense of humour and he and I would kill ourselves laughing while Susan and Jan discussed politics. George was an usher at our wedding. We lost touch in later years after Jan and I moved in 1989 to B.C. but the wonderful memories will stay in my heart forever. Susan, as well as your family, I am very sorry for your loss. George had a big personality and will leave a big void in your life I am sure. All my love, Susan - Posted by: Susan Swaak (Friend) on: Sep 25, 2021
We will truly miss George. Has was opinioned but engaging. He was always interested in what others said and had a heartfelt laugh.He was generous and kind and we will miss him mightily and will always have fond memories of our family gatherings.We wish you godspeed on your journey. - Posted by: Fred Harling (brother in law) on: Sep 25, 2021
What more can be said?He did it all! Worked with George as well as my Wife,Yvette nee La Belle at Eaton's Mail Order in 1967-8 and he was a friendly Guy. Went to his Parents and his Home a few time.Lost track of him but from what I remember of him he was a decent person! Sleep well George.We will always remember you:( - Posted by: RICHARD(RICK)BOUX (Long time ago friend.) on: Sep 25, 2021
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