March 7, 1921 – September 22, 2012
George Manolescu, father, grandfather and great grandfather passed away peacefully at home at the age of 91 years. He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret, his brother, Duke , his sisters, Victoria Skeys, Elena Mitchell and Virginia Eisenstat, and his granddaughter, Megan Bensler.
George’s parents both immigrated from Romania. George was born in Spennymoor, Alberta which seems to have subsequently disappeared from the map. Shortly after his birth his family moved to Calgary where his Dad was fortunate to befriend the late Colonel Fred Scott and Justice Val Milvain. Colonel Scott encouraged George to join the Calgary Highlanders but instead he chose to enlist in the Navy.
George joined the Navy in 1939, as an ordinary Seaman. He was only seventeen years of age at the time. A young boy from the Prairies off to sea. He retired as a Lieutenant Commander. George served on destroyers, corvettes and submarines as an officer and instructor of submarine detection during the war. It was recorded that he was 3 ½ years at sea during World War II primarily serving in the North Atlantic on convoy duty.
George was the Royal Guard Commander for Her Majesty Princess Elizabeth on her visit to Calgary, Alberta in 1951. He very nearly got into trouble for making her laugh, which was forbidden. It was actually the Princess who initiated the exchange when she asked him “what a young man from the Prairies was doing on the sea? “His response was, ” I guess I just did not know any better Ma’am”, prompting the laugh. One year later her father, George VI, passed away and she became the Queen.
George retired from the Navy and went into the active reserve in 1946. He subsequently joined Fairbanks Morris in Calgary and worked his way up to Sales and Marketing Manager. After about one year he was transferred to Toronto as the Ontario Manager. He did not enjoy living in Toronto and resigned to move back to Calgary. He then worked at Eaton’s for a couple of years before being asked to join Canadian Admiral Corporation in Calgary and over time was promoted to the Sales and Marketing VP for Alberta. Ten years later he was again transferred to Toronto as the Vice President of Marketing for Canada. He decided to leave Admiral and Toronto one year later, and returned to Calgary to join Richfield Real Estate and Building Development. After being there one year he became VP and co-owner of the Company and remained there for ten years. Never missing a beat he subsequently joined the Alberta Review Board and worked there for many years, only retiring at age 85 to look after his ailing wife, Margaret.
George was predeceased by Margaret in 2009. They had been married 65 years and lived a fantastic life together. They travelled extensively as a result of his employment, and had many good friends. Their love of their family took precedence in their lives and they were the best of parents and devoted grandparents. When any one of their grandchildren needed anything, it was “call 911 Grandpa” and he would be there. He was also known as the “candy man” who generously handed out chocolate bars and candy wherever he made an appearance. The trunk of his Cadillac was always well stocked.
George is survived by, his son, John Manolescu ( MaryAnne) , his daughter Suzanne Bensler (Ernst) and grandson Mark Bensler, and Marsha Manolescu (nee Morris), the mother of his grandchildren, Christopher Manolescu, Trisha James ( Mike), Julie and Stacey Manolescu, and his great grandchildren, Emmitt and Brenna James. Many thanks to Dad’s caregivers Obie, Gemma, Ardene, Krizia, and Chelsea. You are like family.
Great 91 years of life lived, Dad. We will all miss you dearly.
A Celebration of Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers consider purchasing yourself a lotto ticket and dream as Dad so often did.
In living memory of George Manolescu 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