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PERRY – George Vernon

December 14, 1914 – March 21, 2010

George Perry passed away peacefully early in the morning on Sunday, March 21, 2010 at the age of 95.

Born in Grenfell, SK the son of tough pioneers of the Canadian west with roots in Ontario going back to 1790, George grew up as a child of the depression.  He learned the lessons of thrift and hard work. As a young man, newly married, he hoped to take his place in the farming community near Neilburg, SK. But asthma stopped his dream. Instead they moved west to Nanaimo.  Eventually he and Alice moved back to Bragg Creek, AB where they operated a general store. Then in 1950, they moved into Calgary. A hard worker he eventually became shop foreman at McCosham’s Moving and Storage. George participated in many community activities including serving his church.  He volunteered for twenty-two years at the Food Bank.  He loved the outdoors and many weekends were spent camping in the mountains.  In later years, he was a long time member of the Second Sixties outdoor club, serving as trail boss for four years. He loved telling stories about the early days, music and dancing, riding horseback in the Rockies, and cross country skiing. Throughout his life he maintained an insatiable curiosity about almost everything. No one could ask more questions than he could, which left some to call him fondly “curious George.” He read vociferously in search of answers and to find out what others had done and thought. He will be remembered by those closest to him for his total devotion to family, his boundless energy, and that curious mind.

He leaves behind his wife of sixty-eight years, Alice; and his two children, Lorne and Verna; along with daughter-in-law Dale Lamont; son-in-law Bob Johnson; and two grandchildren, Alissa and Laurence. All of whom loved him dearly.

In his memory, a gathering of friends and family will be take place at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. George’s ashes will be returned to the Manitou Cemetery in Saskatchewan. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank Society, 5000 – 11 Street S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 2Y5, Telephone: (403) 253-2059, Our greatest thanks to the staff in Ward 81 at the Foothills Hospital.

In living memory of George Perry, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park  by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. Thora O'Grady :

    Hi Verna,
    Although I met your father only once,I remember him as being such a kind and gentle man. And now I know where you got such a curious mind and a ‘can do’ philosophy. I’m sure he was immensely proud of you.


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  2. H. John Russell :

    Our country has lost a great man, George Perry. Why should we have to lose such a kind considerate person. It was my good fortune to have known George well in excess of sixty years. Also, can say you would not find a finer gentleman.
    My sincere condolences go out to you Alice and other members of the family. Take care Alice and keep well.
    ………… John

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  3. Donna Woodman :

    I never had the pleasure of meeting your father, but from the many times you spoke of your parents,with such admiration, he was a get-up-and-go gentleman, and at 95 years old, sounds like he has lived a long, busy, happy and fruitful life. What a lucky man – what a lucky family. A goal most wish to aspire to. Please accept my deepest condolences to your mom and family.

    Kind regards,
    Donna W.

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  4. Gertie Williams :

    The days of hiking with the Second Sixties with George as the trail boss are among my happiest memories.

    My deepest sympathy to Alice and family.

    Gertie Williams

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  5. Nanci Gay Campion :

    Verna and Bob and Family,
    Sorry to hear that your Dad has passed on especially for the ones left behind.
    I never met George but I know he raised an amazing daughter. I heard wonderful stories about him through Verna.
    Reast in peace
    Nanci and Basil Campion

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  6. Kelly Corazza :

    Verna and Bob,
    I will always remember the times we shared with George in the back garden. All the advice he had on our veggie garden. Also the wonderful dinners we share together in the backyard of our home.
    He will be dearly missed.
    Kelly, Paul and the Girls

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  7. Joansie and Jimbo :

    Dear Verva
    It was a great pleasure to have met your Father here in Victoria.
    Our love to you and Bob and all of your family.
    Love AND hugs
    Joansie and Jimbo

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  8. Linda Body {Dustan} :

    Mrs. Perry {Alice}, Verna and Lorn, I am so sorry to hear of your wonderful husband and father’s passing. I think of you often as I go to Wellspring in Montgomery right next to where your old house was or go to visit my mom and dad’s bench down by the river. Lorn it was so great to bump into you at the Science Center. I now belong to the Second Sixties and would so have enjoyed hiking with George. He is thought of fondly by many in the club. I have many memories of a wonderful man and family. Hugs, Linda Body { Dustan}

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