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PINKNEY, George Russell

January 15, 1935 – January 24, 2012

George Pinkney, beloved husband of Odette Pinkney of Calgary, passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at the age of 77 years.

George started his flying career in Ontario at the age of 16 years. He helped open up the north and build the DEW line retiring as a Captain with Eastern Provincial Airways in 1975.

Besides his loving wife of fifty-five years, George is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Don and Patricia Pinkney, Gerry and Diana Pinkney, and Eric and Sophia Pinkney; a daughter and son-in-law Manon and Louis Thibault; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law Bruce and Ruby Pinkney, and his nephew Neil and his wife Jean Pinkney. George was predeceased by his brothers, Don and Lyle Pinkney.

A Celebration of George’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, Suite 201, 222 – 58th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2S3, Telephone: (403)290-0110, www.alzheimercalgary.com or directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 264-5549, www.heartandstroke.ca.

In living memory of George Pinkney, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Dear Odette and family,

    Brenda and I were so saddened to hear of George’s passing.

    We have many fond memories of Gander days and EPA…

    Please know that we hold those memories close to our hearts – “flaps up”.

    Most sincerely,

    Vince and Brenda

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  2. Dennis Pritchett :

    I am so saddened to hear of George’s passing, he was one of the most pleasant people I have ever known. I did George’s last flight with him.

    All the best to Odette and family,
    Dennis

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  3. Michael and Denyse Gagyi :

    Dear Odette and family

    Please accept our deepest sorrow for the lost of George.
    Over the years we enjoyed the company of such a dear friend.
    We will miss him.
    Sincerely
    Denyse and Mike

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  4. I knew George and his wife very well in the early 70s. I was one of his first co pilots on the 737 and always looked forward to a month of flying with him. Always found him up beat, with a story and so easy to work with. Our sincerest condolences to Ddette and all the Pinkney family. Murdoch and Catherine

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  5. Wayne and Theresa Anstey :

    Dear Odette and Family: So sorry to hear of Georges passing.I have fond memories of working with George at EPA and of the time when we lived on Balbo St. in Gander. I was so glad to see you both at the Epa reunion. Please accept our sincere condolences. Wayne and Theresa Anstey.

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  6. Marion McBeth :

    Dear Odette:
    Sincerest condolences and love.
    My thoughts are with you.
    Marion McBeth

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  7. Jean-Louis and Donora Thibault :

    Dear Odette and Family. We are so sorry to hear of Georges passing. We have great memories of our times together in Pierrerond as well as the visits to Calgary. Our deepest sympaties and George will always be fondly remembered by all of our family.
    Jean-Louis and Donora Thibault

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  8. Louise Thibault-Gearey :

    Dear Aunt Odette, Manon, Eric, Gerry & Don,

    I have so many fond memories of the times our family spent with yours in Pierrefonds. Amongst those wonderful memories I recall the big, hearty laugh of “Uncle George” and his great smile.

    I’m thinking of you all with love and sending hugs across the years & miles.

    Love, Louise

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  9. Victor and Yanira Wiebe :

    Dear Odette and Family

    We were so sad to hear of George passing, he was a good neighbor and always very friendly. We always remember him working in the garage. We will miss George. Sincere condolences to you Odette and your family.

    Victor,Yanira,Erick,& Veronica

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  10. Lili and Mark Scharf :

    Odette and family – we are so sorry to hear of George’s passing. Our thoughts are with you at this time. Warm regards, Lili and Mark Scharf and family

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  11. mMargaret Mac Leod And Family ail.com :

    I have many fond memories of my visits with with you and George Both here in Calgary and in Pierrefonds I will really miss George My friend Odette. Love Marge.

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  12. The Garcia family :

    To the entire Pinkney family, we are very sorry to hear about George’s passing. Our deepest condolences to you all at this difficult time.
    We have many fond memories of our visits with George. We will always remember his big smile, wonderful sense of humour and his story telling.
    May your many treasured memories help you during this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Love Kathy and Ray

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  13. Dear Odette and Family,

    Just wanted to extend my condolences to you in George’s passing. I recall earlier Real Estate Days at Glenmore Landing. Thinking of you.

    Sincerely Grant Clark

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  14. Harry & Brigitte Drover :

    Dear Odette and Family
    Very sorry indeed to hear that George passed away, I remember our fishing trips when we lived in Gander trying to catch the elusive salmon, we were not always successful, but enjoyed the outing, he was a true friend,
    George and I flew together on my last flight with EPA, May 30th 1966. A Herald aircraft CF-EPC. Time goes by.
    please accept our sympathy and best wishes always.
    Harry & Brigitte Drover

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  15. Curtis Doherty :

    I was saddened to hear of George’s passing. My deepest sympathies to Odette and Family

    Curtis Doherty

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  16. Laura & Gordon LaFortune :

    Dear Odette and Family,

    So sad to hear of George passsing. We remember what a kind and friendly man he was. Lots of good memories sharing happy times while visiting Calgary. I think of you two while you were here in San Diego and although George was not well, you two were so good with each other. I remember you two sitting together on the sofa sharing a book, so cute together. I know he will be missed. Thinking of you.

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  17. Odette and Family my thoughts and prayers are with you.
    I will very much miss George.

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  18. Dear Odette, we are praying for you and your family to keep the courage needed after this great loss in your lives. We are looking forward seeing all next Summer in Mont-Joli. Marie & Georges, Christine, Junior, Marjo & Pascale.

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  19. Ian and Lyndell Foltinek :

    Dear Odette and family, We were so sorry to hear that George had passed away. He will be missed.We always enjoyed our chats with you both when we were out walking in the neighborhood and when you had us all over for tea when you had finished one of your renovations and for all the great advice you both gave to us. Thinking of you. Love from the Foltinek Family. Ian, Lyndell, Spencer and Justin

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  20. Dear Odette, I was sorry to hear of George’s passing. The friendship that you and George extended over the years has meant so much to me. My thoughts are with you and your family. Sincerely, Marg

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