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GIOKAS, George

February 18, 1924 – Regina, Saskatchewan
October 7, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

George Giokas passed away peacefully on October 7, 2014 at the Agape Hospice at the age of 90 years.

George served in the Royal Canadian Navy May 1941 – Oct. 1945 and was a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders football team 1946 – 1949. George and family lived in Edmonton where he started his sales career with Westinghouse Canada, was very active in minor sports and his first wife Violet passed away in 1967. In 1970 the family moved to Calgary where he married Grace in 1977. He and Grace moved to High River in 1992. In 2011 they moved back to Calgary where Grace passed away on January 4, 2014.

George is survived by his children Richard, Gary (Karen), Gregory (Claire), Marina and Steven (Carol), his stepchildren Joan Tape, June (Jim) Cabay, Sharon (Del) Atwood, Patti (Ed) Vandenberghe, and Terry (Donna) Bradburn, several grand and great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents John and Calina; brothers Con, Pete and Bill; his first wife Violet Cox and his second wife Grace Bradburn (nee Rewerts).

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. A reception to follow with details to be announced. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Agapé Hospice, 1302 – 8 Avenue N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1B8 Telephone: (403) 282-6588 or to the Canadian Cancer Society, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966.

In living memory of George Giokas, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Steve and Family:
    We are thinking of you during this difficult time.
    Riderville became a little smaller with the loss of their Number 1 Flanker.

    Harold and Karin

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  2. Shelley Medjuck :

    Dear Marina and family,

    So sorry for your loss.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you,
    with love Shelley Medjuck

    When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure – Author unknown

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  3. Mariea Tsamalidis :

    Dear Family:

    My only memories of my dear Great Uncle George are those of a kind gentle man with endless patience and a good sense of humor. He is my maternal grandfather’s brother, and as we lived in far away different cities, I didn’t get to see him very often. I moved my family to Calgary in the late 1990s, and soon after I remember coming to George and Grace’s house in High River for dinner. We either had 4 or 5 little sons in tow, ranging in age from 2 to 12 at the time. I remember they set up a long table for us and each little boy had his place at the table. The boys had hearty appetites and finished up all the goodies that George and Grace had cooked for them, plus dessert. I remember thinking that having a family of 7 people for dinner for 2 people getting on in years is no small undertaking, but they never made us feel like it was a lot of work or effort. They were both patient and gentle with the boys and it was a real treat to go visit the few times we did. I can’t remember who did all the cooking, but I think they both had a hand in it.

    One thing I always loved about George was his patience in telling stories from the past whenever asked about them. And his devotion to figuring out the details of the family tree.

    George you are deeply loved and missed. May you rest in peace with your beloved 🙂

    Love always, Mariea Tsamalidis and family. (all those boys!)

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  4. Grace and Ken Kavanaugh :

    Our deepest sympathy to the families on George ‘s passing. As neighbours in Varsity, we spent a lot of fun times together with George and Grace. We both moved and lost touch over the years. We were unaware of Grace’s passing earlier this year and our condolences to her families as well.

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  5. My deepest sympathy to George and Grace’s families.
    They were both always there for me all during my husband’s sickness and death.
    Grace and George were both very special
    people and he was such a devoted and loving husband. He will be missed.

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  6. Noreen & Rick Foisy :

    Our sincere sympathy to George and Grace’s family. Fondly remembered and never forgotten.

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