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GEORGE YOUNG (published on March 13, 2010)

GEORGE YOUNG It is with sadness that we announce the passing of George Young on Wednesday, March 10, 2010 at the Deer Lodge Centre in his 90th year. Remaining to forever cherish George's memory are his sons John (Gail), George (Margaret) and grandchildren Christopher (Aubrey-Ann), Adam, Zachary and Rachel. He was predeceased by Freda, his wife of 54 years, in 2002. George was born in Winnipeg on January 10, 1921. He grew up in Winnipeg and Edmonton, the second youngest in a family of seven boys. As a youth he fondly remembered living on Jubilee Avenue and swimming in the Red River at the Elm Street bridge. In September of 1939 he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Corp of Engineers and served in Italy and Holland until the end of the Second World War. Upon returning to Canada in 1946, he joined the City of Winnipeg Police Force and served in many positions of increasing responsibility and held the rank of Superintendent at the time of his retirement in 1979. George was especially proud to act as the officer in charge of the Old Time Squad and was part of many community events and celebrations during 1974, the centennial year for both the City of Winnipeg, and its Police Force. He spent many years as a Board Member of the Winnipeg Police Credit Union and enjoyed his association with this organization. Shortly after his return to Canada, George met Freda and they were married in 1948. They contributed to the Baby Boom generation as wonderful parents for their two sons. Early on, summers were spent camping at the lake (Falcon, Nutimik, Otter Falls) or on many road trips to Western Canada and the west coast of the United States. After building the family home in 1959, followed by constructing a boat and several camper trailers; Dad's last major project was the design and completion of a cottage in 1974 on the Lee River in Eastern Manitoba. Over the years this property satisfied his seemingly limitless enthusiasm and natural talent for all forms of construction and woodworking. Not satisfied to just build the cottage, George also built much of the furnishings as well! In his prime retirement years this cottage became a summer home for mom and dad, and a bit later a favourite vacation spot once grandchildren arrived. Some of our fondest memories of family time are associated with these summers at the cottage fishing, boating, swimming and skiing. During these years George also had time to enjoy his membership in the Gyro Club of Winnipeg and the many friendships this built and sustained. He and Freda took many trips to attend Gyro conventions in both Canada and the United States. Prior to the deterioration of his own health, George spent many of his later years patiently and tirelessly caring for Freda before her move into a long-term care facility and her ultimate passing from Alzheimer's. In compliance with George's wishes there will be no funeral service. Our family would like to thank the staff of the Deer Lodge Centre for their care and kindness given to Dad over the past few years.

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