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LAKE – George Thomas

November 25, 1929 – September 15, 2009

With great sorrow, our family announces the passing of George Lake, beloved husband, father and grandfather, on Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at the age of 79 years.

George was born in Sault Ste. Marie, ON and went on to graduate from Queen’s University in 1952 with a BSc in Electrical Engineering. It was at Queen’s that he met his wife, best friend and life-long love, Phyllis. George’s career reflected his fascination with computers, first at the Defence Research Board in Ottawa, then as Director of the Computing Centre at UWO in London, and finally heading up computer security at Petro-Canada in Calgary. George was an avid sailor and delighted in sharing his passion with family, friends and students. George and Phyllis shared countless hours hiking in the mountains, camera at the ready, in search of the most spectacular waterfall, and summers were spent at “camp” on the shore of Lake Superior with George forever trying to capture the perfect “sunset over Batchawana”. Their love of travel and sense of adventure took them to the ends of the earth together (literally!) as they most recently journeyed to Antarctica and the Arctic Circle. George loved music – he learned to play the piano at the age of 70, and enthusiastically hosted many recitals for his fellow students. He was also a keen genealogist and was very active in the Alberta Family Histories Society.

Sadly missed, and always in the hearts of his loving family – his wife Phyllis Lake; his daughter Linda Smith (Lake); his son Brian Lake and daughter in-law Dawn Lake; and his grand-daughters: Megan and Amy Smith, and Jordyn, Samantha, Mackenzie and Taylor Lake.

Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB) -Visitation on Sunday, September 20, 2009 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Funeral Services on Monday, September 21, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331 – 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone: (403) 521-3433.

In living memory of George Lake, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. CALGARY, AB Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Dorothy Mikalachki :

    Dear Phyllis,
    I was so sorry to learn, through the London Free Press, that George had died. He was always such a kind, helpful man, and you were both such good neighbours. My condolences go to Linda and Brian as well, who have lost a good father.
    Al died last year of Lewy Body Dementia, a terrible disease which gradually destroyed his brain. I know what you will be going through, Phyllis, and my thoughts are with you.

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  2. Arthur Manley - Editor Sault Channels :

    I am expressing my sincere condolences to the Lake family on behalf of the Sault Ste. Marie & District Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, of which George was a member and contributed articles to our newsletter, Sault Channels. He helped to bring history of the Sault to be remembered and enjoyed by our many members in Ontario.

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  3. Aunt Phyllis, Linda, Brian. We were remembering all the times that the families had together. The Christmas suppers in London. BBQing at camp on the beach. But the one thing I remember is the picture of Uncle George climbing off the ladder from the nieghbours backyard to mom and dad’s backyard. What a sight that was. But all the memories are fond ones. You are in our hearts and our prayers.

    Love Cathy

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  4. Robert L Johnson BA BSc :

    George was a top notch manager when I was working at the UWO Computing Centre during his time as director because he knew how to delegate.

    I could always get a chuckle from him describing the tricks we mainframe operators used to keep the systems online.

    Sincerest condolences to his family.

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  5. Dear Phyllis
    I was so very sorry to read about George in the Globe and Mail. I well remember the fun times we had at the St. James Tennis Club on Third Avenue in Ottawa and I always looked forward to your arrival for a game. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
    Lloyd Rentner.

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  6. Dear, Grandma

    I love you very much and we will all miss Grandpa very much. We’ll all be there for you.

    Love, Amy

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  7. Heather May Warner-Woods :

    Phyllis: Sorry to read about the passing of George, he was the Director of Computing Centre UWO, when I started in June 1974. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Heather M (Warner)Woods

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  8. Dear Phyllis
    I always have to catch up on 3 or 4 Heralds on Sunday and so I didn’t see the notice of George’s passing until last night. I am so sorry to hear such sad news. He was certainly a remarkable man and the beautiful tribute in the paper reflected the love and joy that you and your family experienced in your life with him. May your memories comfort you and the love of family and friends support and sustain you in the days ahead. I don’t know if I ever wrote and thanked you for the donation you made to the Heart and Stroke Fund in Bruce’s memory. I was quite overwhelmed with the response to Bruce’s death and I didn’t get to thank everyone.
    My thoughts are with you and your family.
    Cheryl Horrey

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  9. Dear Phyllis,

    A friend emailed me about George’s passing and it brought back wonderful memories of you both. George was the person who actually hired me at UWO and I shall always be grateful.

    I hope that you will eventually find peace and comfort after this very difficult time. I speak from experience — Val died in March and things are just starting to improve now.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    God Bless!

    Nancy Pratt

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  10. Xenia Stanford :

    I was saddened to learn of George’s death. I met him at AFHS and he was such a vibrant man with a smile and a chuckle to chase away any difficulties. I saw the Neighbours article with George at the piano. It doesn’t seem that long ago. His smile will light up Heaven as he waits for us to join him.

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  11. Rooney Family :

    Dear Mrs. Lake, Brian and Linda,

    We are sorry to hear about George’s passing. He was a wonderful man – respected by all.

    The loss of a partner and a father is aj ourney… not a day goes by when my brothers and I think about our parents.

    We are thinking of you.

    Michele, Michael and Peter Rooney

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  12. Brian Latham - now in Yellowknife :

    I just found out about George’s death when I tried to contact him about genealogy. I met him a number of years ago and dicovered that he lived at one end of a block of St. Andrew’s Terrace in Sault Ste. Marie and I lived at the other. It appears that when he was running the computer centre at Western, I may have been a student there. Yet our paths never crossed until the 2000s. A really nice guy. Wish I’d met him sooner.

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