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GEORGE RUPERT ELLIS (published on June 16, 2009)

GEORGE RUPERT ELLIS In a tragic accident on the afternoon of June 13, 2009, George Rupert Ellis, aged 76, left us. George was a great Dad always putting family first and was a committed husband to our mother Dorothy over their 56 years of marriage. George leaves to mourn his daughter Marilyn, with husband Jay and their daughter Cathy, son Glen, and daughter Carol. Also grieving are brothers Bruce, Kenneth, Russell, Gordon and Garth, their wives and many nieces, nephews and other extended family. George was predeceased by wife Dorothy, daughter Cathy Lee, parents Joseph and Elizabeth (Bessie) Ellis, sisters Marjorie Kelso, Dorothy Stewart, parents-in-law Edward and Doris Low, sister-in-law Barbara Sherritt and her husband Irwin (Pat). George was born in the R.M. of Ellice and grew up on a farm near Foxwarren, Manitoba where he gained a love of the land and nature. He was an adventuresome child by many accounts and stories are still being told. After he met Dorothy, he took on the new adventure of raising a family. They moved to Winnipeg in 1957 and quickly made lifelong friends. The neighbourhood kids loved George and were often invited on summer camping trips or winter cross-country skiing with the family. George and Dorothy gave their children a love of nature and a curiosity about the world which has led them to many interesting travels of their own. George valued the friendships made over his 30 years working with Manitoba Hydro. After retirement in 1993, came a new home in the R.M. of Cartier and the labour of love transforming a two-acre field into one of most admired gardens in the community. Luckily there was still time to travel and enjoy the wonders of nature in other locales and to spend many happy hours dancing with their friends. George also made many friends while volunteering with Meals on Wheels over the last several years. To our families and friends, who know him well, we don't need to extol Dad's virtues. He was a wonderful man. We hope that you can join us for a time of coffee and conversation to celebrate George's life on Saturday, June 20 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Kirkfield Park United Church, 472 Kirkfield Street.

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