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GEORGE ELLIOTT BARKWELL (published on April 22, 2006)



GEORGE ELLIOTT BARKWELL George passed away peacefully on April 4, 2006, at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital at the age of 88 years. He was predeceased by his wife Ruth in 1999; his three brothers, Fred, Ted and Bill; sister Joan; and grandson-in-law Chris Neustaedter. He is survived by his son George (Linda) of Winnipeg; loving daughter Gaye (Wayne) Anderson of Nanaimo; granddaughters, Kara of Winnipeg, Lisa (Ian) of Victoria, Marla (Adam) of Vancouver; and great-grandchildren Luke and Violet of Winnipeg. He is also survived by five sisters, Peggy Molloy of Toronto, Bee Connell of Huntington Beach, CA, Patricia Howe of Vancouver, Cecile Ramsey of Grants Pass, OR and Vicky (Al) Carswell of Vancouver and numerous nieces, nephews and their families. George knew from the moment he saw Ruth Berg that she was the woman he was going to marry. Although it took him five years to convince her, he did win her heart. He always said that his life was perfect while she was alive. George worked his entire life in the paper business. He started at Barkwell Paper Company owned and operated by his father Austin Moffat, then Clark Paper Company, and finally Crown Zellerback where he was a manager of fine paper for 23 years. He loved working in the paper business. Like his father before him, George wanted to have his own family cottage at Victoria Beach where our family spent many wonderful summers with other family members and friends. That is where he started serving Mom coffee, toast and peeled oranges in bed. The beach is also where he taught Ruth and their children how to play golf. Throughout his entire life he loved sports and was a competitive athlete well into his 70s. His father taught him how to play tennis on the family tennis court. He curled at the Thistle Curling Club with both the men and the mixed teams. But golf was his passion. He managed to score 70 on his 70th birthday, with his made to measure Pings, making him the CJOB Sportsman of the week. Dad was very honest, sometimes to the chagrin of his golf partners. When you played with him there were no gimmies. He counted his strokes as well as everyone else's. George and Ruth were very hospitable and loved to entertain. Mom would be found upstairs preparing the snacks and Dad would be found downstairs with all the men cheering on whatever sporting event they were watching. Mom would eventually ask when supper could start and Dad would reply back in just five more minutes! Dad spent the last four years living in Nanaimo. Prior to moving he bought new state of the art hearing aids. It opened a new world to him full of sounds he had not heard in years. Although he had lived his entire life in Winnipeg he enjoyed watching the ferries, planes, and boats in the Nanaimo harbour as well as the deer in our yard. He looked forward to attending the Clipper hockey games on Friday nights with Wayne. As Dad requested, a family service has been held with Father Peter Golinski officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation in memory of George. There will be a memorial service in Winnipeg in July. SANDS - NANAIMO


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