September 20, 1937 – November 19, 2009
George passed away after a lengthy heart illness and cancer at Southwood Hospice, in Calgary, on Thursday November 19, 2009.
George leaves behind a loving family consisting of his wife and best friend, Lee Jenkins; sister Joan French and her partner Renate Janzen; sisters: Lorraine “Sis” Lane (Harry) of Red Deer and Betty Diggens of Strathmore; three children whom he loved: sons, Nelson and Aaron, and daughter Irene of Three Hills; three wonderful grandsons: Keaton, Matheson and Parker all of Cochrane and many nieces and nephews. George was predeceased by his mother, Irene Ann, father, John Samuel, sister, Joy and brothers: Lawrence, Raymond and Gordon.
George was born at the Calgary General Hospital in 1937. He attended Colonel Walker and Crescent Heights Public Schools. His post secondary education comes from the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, and San Diego State University.
George started teaching at the age of nineteen in Peace River, Alberta after completing a “Junior E”, one year teaching course. After thirty nine years of teaching with the Calgary School Board he retired in 1996.
Volunteering was George’s passion: thirty eight years with the Western Art Show at the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede; six years on the Fort Calgary Society, Deane House; eight years as a “White Hatter” Volunteer at the Calgary Airport; and two years with “CUPS” (helping street people). Special highlights of his volunteering were in 1988 with the “Festival of Arts” section of the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics and the 1997, 2002 and 2009 Men’s Curling Briars, which Calgary hosted.
George had an additional passion in reading. He enjoyed his wonderful collection of FOLIO historical books on myriad subjects, but especially Rome and Greek History as well as philosophy. Both George and his wife Lee were devoted theatre attendees; and both enjoyed native Canadian and Western Canadian art.
A Celebration of George’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.) on Saturday, November 28, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to S.T.A.R.S. (Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society), Box 570, 1441 Aviation Park N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 8M7 Telephone: (403) 295-1811, www.stars.ca., or a charity of donor’s choice. The family would like to express a sincere thank you to the Palliative Home Care Team of Carla, Kathie, Cara, Helen and Sarah. Also the compassionate care shown to George during his short stay at Southwood Hospice was most appreciated.
In living memory of George Jorginson, 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