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GEORGE ALBERT POITRAS (published on July 04, 2009)



GEORGE ALBERT POITRAS February 13, 1916 - June 24, 2009 George died peacefully at Concordia Hospital with devoted family by his side, at the age of 93 years. Predeceased by eldest son Raymond in 2006; brother Jean (Jack) in 1990; sisters Flore and Leonie; George leaves behind his loving wife of 65 years Julie; daughters: Jeannine of Mayne Is., BC; Georgette of Sydney, Australia; Francine and sons Jean-Paul and David all of Winnipeg; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; as well as his sisters: Antoinette of Victoria, BC; Alice and Irene of Winnipeg. George was educated at College St. Boniface and his family history is imbedded in St. Boniface. His father Jean-Baptiste worked for the Hudson's Bay Co. for 40 years. His uncle, Dr. Fortunat Lachance (brother of his mother Anna Lachance) was the mayor of St. Boniface 1914-1916, and Fortunat's grand house on Rue Aulneau and Hamel is now the residence of the White Fathers. George enjoyed a long and healthy life, working mainly in the custom metal fabrication industry and having golf as a hobby. He was a self-made man. He was employed for some time by Supercrete (now Lafarge) in the 1950s, playing a key role in the early development of concrete pipe manufacturing and making significant innovations in a very new industry. As a result of his single-mindedness, George founded a successful company in 1962 (Falcon Machinery). Although it was initially set up to develop and manufacture machinery for the concrete pipe industry, the company later diversified into general metal fabrication. Falcon Machinery is George's legacy, still owned and operated by family members to this day, playing a significant role in the Canadian metal fabrication industry. George was a member of the Knights of Columbus and Les Hommes d'Affaires for very many years, his children remembering les arbres de Noel . Pop had a fascination for life that was inspiring. Any hindrance became a challenge. The immortal words of Frank Sinatra, I did it my way and Regrets, I've had a few, but... too few to mention ring true for George's philosophy. He was a one in a million man... our Pop. Happy trails to youuntil we meet again . In keeping with George's wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family service was held. The Coutu family in care of arrangements: E. J. COUTU CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 680 Archibald St. 253-5086


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