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MANOLESCU, George

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)243-8200

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  1. To Suzanne Bensler & Family :
    I am truely sorry to hear the news about your Dad , I know that he has been your rock since your Mom has been gone. Sometimes I think that he was ready to be with your Mom & his Life Partner, that he knew that it was time to go. He was there when you needed him & now it was time for your Mom. I know that Megan would love to see her Grandfather too, so now they will All be there watching over you and to let you know they are. One day, you will feel them there all around you keeping your family safe. Take Care of what you have now as Family is very important. Again, I am very sorry for your loss.

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  2. To All of the Manolescu Family,
    Words are not enough at a time like this but just wanted to let you know I was thinking of you and you are in my thoughts and prayers…
    Jim Taipale

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  3. John Sutherland BA LLb :

    What a wonderful life. My dad died last October at age 92. Like your dad he came from inland Canada-Thunder Bay-and joined the Cdn navy as an Ordinary Seaman at 18 in 1939. He spent time on the West Coast at Steveston and most of the time at Halifax doing convoy duty in the North Atlantic. probably served with your dad. My dad as well rose through the ranks to become chief petty Officer and then Sub Lt through Kings College and leaving in 1945 as Lieutenant. He returned in 1949 to serve in the Korean War as Lt. Commander aboard the Algonkquin. We had a service for him at the Legion. He loved the sea and played the Naval Hymn and recited “Crossing the Bar” by Tennyson.

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  4. Tibor and Joyce Guban :

    Our deepest sympathy to the Manolescu family on the passing of George.
    Our thoughts are with you.
    Tibor and Joyce Guban

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  5. Herb & Kiltie Reynolds :

    Kiltie and I are traveling in Europe and just received the sad news from a friend. We offer our sincere sympathies and will cherish our fond memories we have of George, especially our time together at Richfield.

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  6. Hi John. Your Dad was a good man. He always had time to talk to and listen to everyone. He lived a long and distinguished life. I loved seeing the humour in his obit and I will be buying a ticket today. My thoughts are with you and the family. Gary

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  7. To all the Manolescu Family, especially John and Suzanne,
    I have very fond memories of time spent with George and Margaret. My sincere sympathy in your loss. George was special.
    Anne

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  8. Bonnie Rothwell :

    Dear Suzanne and Family:
    My deepest sympathies to you and all in the death of your father. George treated me with respect which I always appreciated. We (Todd, John Nagy, Buzzard) think of you often and hope you are well. It would be great to see you.
    Big hugs to you, special thoughts over this trying time.
    Take care:
    Bonnie Rothwell

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  9. Lee & Liz Thompson :

    Regretfully I am unable to attend the funeral but my thoughts and prayers will be with the family at that time. George was undoubtedly one of the finest gentleman I have had the honor of knowing, an outstanding officer and astute business man, a truly great Canadian who loved his family. Rest in peace George “we will remember”
    Colonel Lee Thompson

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  10. Michael Hayes Cdr,ret'd :

    John, so sorry to hear about George. He was a great friend and a really important mentor to me during my Naval days. A real gentleman, and lots of fun. My condolences to the family.
    Michael Hayes, Cdr. ret’d

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  11. In Turkey for a month but wanted to send you my condolences and love. Warmly, Jack Mortensen

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  12. Glenna and Derek Logan :

    Suzanne, Ernst and Mark

    Wish we could be with you today. You are in our thoughts and prayers. All our love, Glenna, Derek and family.

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  13. Shari Robertson :

    John & MaryAnne,

    Would liked to have expressed my condolences in person but had a previous commitment. My thoughts are with you and your family. If you need anything, please call; even if it’s just for a hug! Shari Robertson

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  14. Patrice Taylor :

    I am sorry to hear of your loss, John and remember you well as neighbour in Mount Royal and campus politics at the University of Calgary.

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  15. Dr. John and Kathryn McGrath :

    There are no words and especially for those as late as ours. So many wonderful memories of Dad, his motorcycle, the children and your mother in all her peace in spite of constant turmoil. You must both be very proud of all of your family, in spite of each individual loss and if Megan was right, in heaven and beyond they may watch over us with their thoughts of love and protection for all of your family. Good luck to Mark in his studies and we both hope to see you again soon…..
    xxx

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