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GEORGE (RED) EAKIN (published on February 27, 2010)

GEORGE (RED) EAKIN On February 21, 2010, in Winnipeg, with his family by his side George passed away peacefully after a brief battle with cancer at the age of 80 years. Forever cherishing memories of George are his beloved wife and best friend Bernice of 57 years; children Lori (Chris) Stevens, Butch (Myrna), Bruce (Trish), and his precious grandchildren, Matthew, Lisa, Chelsea, Cassidy, Cody, Taylor and Myles. He also leaves to mourn his sister-in-law Elaine Lobson; brothers-in-law, Brian (Janice) Charman, Garry Charman; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Ethel and Hugh Eakin; brothers, Hugh, Rob and Jack. Dad excelled in sports growing up, especially track, swimming, football and wrestling. He attended Isaac Brock and Daniel MacIntyre Collegiate. He played football for Norwood Legionaires and was recently inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame. Dad worked for the Manitoba Hydro for 38 years forming many lasting friendships. Throughout that time he participated in the wrestling world from 1952-1974, was a CFL referee, a St. James School Division trustee, member of the Superannuation Board, and participated in the Pan Am games on the wrestling committee. He was also a 50 year member of The Masonic Order. After achieving his goal of retiring at age 55 he immediately headed south to Pharr, Texas where he and Mom spent the next 25 winters enjoying the heat, time with friends, holiday parades, parties, and Dad demonstrated his talent while acting in plays. Mom and Dad's summers were spent at his pride and joy, the family cottage on West Hawk Lake, where he recently celebrated 50 years. His greatest pleasures in life were his family and friends. He loved his family without reservation and dedicated his life to their needs. To that we are blessed and forever grateful. A celebration of George's life will be held on Monday, March 1, 2010 at 2:00 p.m, in Sturgeon Creek United Church, 207 Thompson Drive. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of GH6 at the Health Sciences Centre for their care and support for George and his family. In lieu of flowers, donations in George's memory may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0V9. We love you George, Dad, Grandpa

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