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Born: May 15, 1943

Date of Passing: Jul 22, 2002

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GEORGE ALLAN STEPHEN After a long and fulfilling life, George died peacefully on July 22, 2002, with his dear wife Grace at his side, in The Golden Door Geriatric Centre. George married Grace (Murphy) on May 15, 1943 and he is survived by sons, Allan (Sheryl) of Winnipeg and Douglas (Maureen) of Mississauga and grandchildren, Jeffrey, Craig, Allison, Karen, Keith and Diane. George was born in 1913, the eldest child of John and Jean. He was predeceased by brothers, Arthur and James, and leaves to mourn his sisters, Jessie Murphy of Winnipeg and Bette Donovan of Vancouver; and brothers, William and Wallace of Calgary, and Bruce of Whitehorse and numerous in-laws and nieces and nephews. George completed Grade 11 at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute and at 15 years of age he was employed at The Provincial Bank, where he worked for five years. In 1933, he then began a 45 year career with the City of Winnipeg Assessment Department. He was a founding member and past president of The Association of Assessing Officers of Manitoba (A.A.O.M.). George was a proponent and organizer of the A.A.O.M. Education Course and he continued to be involved and marked exams well past his retirement in 1978. During the Second World War, George served four years with the R.C.A.F., attaining the rank of Flying Officer. George developed his values through his active role in Old St. Andrews, Home Street and Windsor Park United Churches. He volunteered at both Orioles and Southdale Community Clubs to organize hockey and soccer programs. George was a passionate soccer granddad for his grandchildren, and enjoyed going to out-of-town tournaments to cheer and be with his family. Although Valour Road and St. Vital Seniors Curling Clubs provided many years of curling enjoyment for George, his greatest pleasure was following the bonspiels that Grace and her sisters, Isabel and Eileen, excelled in. George and Grace enjoyed their dancing at The Paws N Taws Square Dance Club and at Babas Round Dance classes. South Beach Gimli has been the centre of summer fun and family gatherings for George and his family and friends since 1931. Since his retirement, George and Grace spent several winters in Palm Springs with many of their friends and family. A special thanks to all of the staff at The Golden Door for all of the care and compassion they have given to George and Grace. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service to celebrate the life of George Stephen will be held Thursday, August 29 at 11:00 a.m. at Windsor Park United Church. In lieu of flowers, if family and friends so desire, donations in Georges memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba, 10-120 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB R3C 4G2.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 27, 2002

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