January 27, 1924 – July 17, 2012
George Girard passed away on July 17th, 2012 at the age of 88 years.
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend George. He was born on the family farm in Chauvin, AB, where he was the sixth child of a family of eight. He moved to Wainwright AB to start a business and raise a family. In 1956 he moved to Calgary where he owned his own barber shop in Britannia for 25 years.
He will be missed by his many relatives, friends, neighbors, Tim Horton buddies and many acquaintances. Although he has left this part of his life, we will always remember how he loved working on his house and yard, his large heart and giving ways with his grandchildren. The family thanks everyone who was involved in making his life more comfortable in the last few years.
George was a talented artist, musician, collector and restorer of antique cars and furniture. He was a member of the RCAF 403 squadron band, the Calgary Concert band and the Foothills and Chinook concert bands. He played many instruments such as the trumpet, tuba, drums, trombone, piano and organ. He was also a member and past president of The Pioneer Auto Club, #285 Legion, the order of ELKS, and a life time member of the French Canadian Association of Alberta. George donated numerous paintings to museums. Many of his pictures are in the shuttle street cars in Heritage Park, where he worked as a volunteer.
George is survived by his daughter Anita Gilbert and loving friend and daughter Charmaine Walls (Peter), as well as five grandchildren John, Lynn (Troy), Pam (Chris), Carey Ann and Patrice, and seven great grandchildren. He also leaves to mourn his sister Anita and brother Richard. George was predeceased by his wife of 57 years-Yvonne in 2003, his parents and siblings Trudy, Cecile, Armand, John and Lillian.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St Anthony’s Catholic Church (5340-4th Street SW) on Monday, July 23rd, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Private family graveside service to take place later the same day.
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In living memory of George Girard, 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)243-8200Print This Obituary & Condolences