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HARPER, Charles “George” Percival

September 22, 1933 – February 11, 2013

It is with heavy hearts that we announce George’s peaceful passing on Monday, February 11, 2013.

George was born in 1933 in Selkirk, MB and then moved to Calgary in 1953. During his long and interesting life George followed three career paths: Calgary Police Officer, Business owner and fishing expert. He finally retired October 2012. George learned a new language (Mandarin) then went on to study at the University of Harbin, China, for ten years while on sabbatical from work and fishing. Dad enjoyed a good laugh, a good glass of wine and a good football game. He will be truly missed for his wisdom, infectious smile and sense of humour.

George is lovingly remembered by family and friends. He is survived by his daughter Karen (Ken) Velcic; grandsons, Quinton and Connor Velcic; and sister Barbara (Bill) Wolonchuk and their children, Shelly Summers and Milt Wolonchuk. George was predeceased by his wife of twenty-four years, Esther. Many thanks go out to Russ (Bonnie) Butler and Brad (Elaine) Butler as well as their families. Thank you all for your true and lasting friendship spanning over the past thirty-five years.

A Celebration of George’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of George Harper, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Having known George Harper since 1986, it has been a pleasure every step of the way. He was knowledgeable and he was a gentleman and helped serve as an inspiration to me through the good and sometimes not so good times of becoming a part of the outdoor sporting goods business. My thoughts are with his many friends and family with my next drive by Lake Minnewanka having some time to hopefully fish for a lake trout, just like the way George always talked about.

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  2. Cheryl Prystay nee: Healy :

    It is with deepest regret I learned of George’s passing. He was a neighbor to my family for a good many years during which time he displayed an unfailing sense of humour, honour and kindness. I remember with fondness the days before he married Ester and the years of watching Karen grow up. He remained a true friend to my family and myself even well after I moved away. I will miss George more than words can express. My thoughts and prayers are with Karen and her family. I will miss you George! R.I.P.

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  3. George a true gentleman. I always enjoyed our conversations about Winnipeg and the old days. He always made me laugh. He will be missed. Sincere condolences to family and friends.
    Ray

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  4. I remember best of all the laughter we enjoyed together as fishing staff at the store. Many a good story and joke were told there. I learned a lot from George and am fortunate to have known him.
    George

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  5. Robert Thompson :

    Lorne Wall and I visited George last July at Wholesale Sports. We have known George since the days of Frenchy’s on 9th Ave. Lorne and I wish to express our sincere condolence’s to the family. George always had a smile and warm greeting for old friends and he will be dearly missed.
    Bob

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  6. Butch & Bea Murakami :

    Our deepest sympathy goes out to you & your family for your great loss.
    Butch, Bea, Steve, Debbie
    Sorrento B.C.

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  7. Russ & Bonnie Butler :

    It is with great sadness that we now say farewell to our dearest friend George. We have shared much, laughed often and truly have enjoyed our long friendship with George. A life well lived is an inspiration, and George was a testament to that. We will miss him. Karen, Ken. Quinton & Connor – may the love of family and the strength of faith see you though this difficult time. Our thoughts are always with you. Bonnie & Russ.

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  8. George was so knowledgeable about fly fishing and equipment. He was always very helpful to customers and provided good advice to me over many years. WE will miss him. Bob Norton

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  9. rosemary sayles :

    My dear Karen I just learned of the passing of your dad and want to send our sincere sympathy – we had many wonderful memories – Rosemary and family Kelowna BC

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  10. Lynda Edwards :

    Karen, I’m so sorry to hear George has passed away. Throughout our years of friendship, your parents were like parents to me. Take care.

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