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GEORGE WILSON THEXTON
Born: Sep 22, 1918
Date of Passing: Feb 06, 2004Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
GEORGE WILSON THEXTON George Thexton, beloved husband of Catherine Thexton passed away at the Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, February 6, 2004. George was born September 22, 1918 in his grandmothers house along the Red River at Little Britain, MB. His parents, Everett and Lucybelle Thexton farmed in the Hazelridge district. George attended Cooks Creek School. In 1928 Georges father died as a result of a harvesting accident. The next year George began working for local farmers. Later he found employment with the CNR in British Columbia. During the Second World War he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and spent almost three years on overseas duty. After the war George resumed his work with the CNR. George and Catherine met at Balmoral outdoor skating rink in 1937. They were married in Winnipeg February 16, 1943. At that time George was on leave from his RCAF station at Sidney, NS. A few years after the war (1949) George purchased a farm in the Balmoral district. He supplemented farm income first with CPR work, then as an employee of Stonewall Artificial Cattle Breeders. In 1973, he purchased the northern part of this territory and operated his business until October 1979. Georges interest over the years was in gardening and planting trees. Shelter belts of Spruce and Ash as well as orchard trees added a new dimension to the farm. The land remained free of chemical additives. He farmed the organic way before this term was used in farming practices. The farm was home for wildlife as well as a home for the Thextons. In 1994 George and Catherine sold their farm and retired to the Lions Manor, Stonewall. Surviving besides his wife of 60 years are two sisters, Mae Zaroski (Cliff) of Winnipeg and Islay Hobson (Bill) of Red Deer, AB; brother-in-law Charles Slater (Velma) of Stonewall. Also nieces, nephews, and friends. Predeceased by his parents, two brothers, Stewart (Evelyn) and Bruce (Fern) and two sisters, Lillian Edmonds (Bob) and Fern Young (Del). George helped others when he saw a need. If you wish, in remembrance of him, help someone in need, or if able, plant a tree. There was a viewing at MacKenzie Funeral Home Stonewall on Sunday, February 8. In compliance with Georges wishes, a family graveside service will be held. Interment in Victoria Cemetery, Balmoral. Pallbearers were Scott Good, John Hildebrand, John Morgan, Alex Stewart, Lloyd Steward and John Williams. MacKenzie Funeral Home Stonewall in care of arrangements.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 09, 2004
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