With deep sadness we announce the passing of avid outdoorsman, devout Stampeders fan and master punster George Garbutt, after a brief illness, on December 13, 2006, at the age of 87 years.
Born and raised in Calgary, George was an outstanding student and athlete before enlisting in the Canadian army in 1939, where he rose to rank of First Lieutenant. After fighting in Sicily and Italy, George was wounded in combat in 1944 and returned to Canada where he met and married Betty Allan in 1947. He graduated from the University of Alberta with Bachelor of Commerce and Master’s degrees and operated the Garbutt Success Business College before eventually becoming a Business Education teacher, Department Head and Assistant Principal while serving at Western Canada, Lord Beaverbrook and Henry Wise Wood High Schools. After retirement George became deeply involved with the Gyro Club and he and Betty traveled extensively, lived in Enderby, BC and Redwood Meadows, AB, before returning to Calgary in the mid 1990’s.
George is survived by his wife Betty; his sons Allan (Bev), Rick (Jacky) and Tracy; and his cherished granddaughters Kendra and Mara. He was predeceased by his sisters Alice, Edith and Betty; and his brother Fred.
A Memorial Service will be held to celebrate George’s long and wonderful life at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Monday December 18, 2006, at 2:30 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made in George’s memory to a charity of the donor’s choice.
In living memory of George Garbutt, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences