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BLOCHERT, George

August 22, 1926 – December 23, 2018 

It is with great sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing of George Blochert of Calgary, AB on Sunday, December 23, 2018 at the age of 92 years.

George was a man of great integrity; he was highly principled and instilled strong values into every generation of his family. He was selfless, always putting others before him and was incredibly loyal and protective of his family. He possessed great wit and intelligence, and was driven by an incredible sense of duty. He valued learning and education and was extremely well read. George met his wife Patricia in Jamaica where he was stationed as a captain in the British army after World War II. They married when she was 18 and he was 20; it was love at first sight which lasted for 66 years, till her death five years ago.  George and Patricia left Jamaica and immigrated to London, England and eventually settled in Canada. They travelled extensively and enjoyed many years relaxing at their country home which they built at the Ghost River.

He was a true humanitarian and staunch civil libertarian, perhaps as a result of his personal experiences relating to antisemitism in pre-war Nazi Germany. George had many careers; army captain at the age of 20, market gardener, manager, executive director with the provincial government, but his true calling and passion was the law. After retirement he attended University of Calgary where he graduated law school in 1993 when he was 67 and practiced law until his death at 92.

He believed in service to others and was past president of the Alberta Civil Liberties Association, and a member of Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties, Calgary Legal Guidance, the Assessment Review Board and the Standards Council of Canada. A large part of his legal practice was devoted to providing pro bono services to disadvantaged clients.

George will be fondly remembered and forever missed by his three daughters Jennifer Delay (Rex), Vivian Ewart (David), Carol Hudson (Roy); 8 grandchildren Ryan Delay (Paula), Christine Delay, Matthew Ewart (Nicole), Alistair Ewart, Timothy Ewart, Stephanie Hudson (Paul Inder), Alexander Hudson (Lara) and Nicholas Hudson; and his great-granddaughters,  Nell Delay and Rowan Inder.

George was pre-deceased by his granddaughter Sara Delay (1983) and his beloved wife, Patricia (2013).

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB) on Saturday December 29, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. Graveside Service to follow at Queens Park Cemetery.  Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of George Blochert, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W., Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Vivian, and Blochert family, it is with sadness that we read in the Herald today that your father George has passed away. We remember him (and you) with fondness and respect, and appreciated his advice and guidance in past legal dealings, so amazing for his age at the time when we consulted him. We are thinking of you both at this time.
    Dr. William and Mrs. Laurie Csokonay

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  2. I had the pleasure of being George’s supervisor when he was a summer student at Calgary Legal Guidance when he was in law school. I was a little worried at first – I was very young and he had been in very senior positions. But it turned out that I had no reason to worry he said “Treat me like every other student”, and I did. I truly enjoyed working with him and getting to know him. He was truly a gentleman!

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  3. So sorry to read about George’s death. He and I met at U of C. I had gone back to school in my 30’s and he had gone back in his 60’s. George was a lovely man. I remember him with great fondness and have enjoyed following his career for years. My sincere condolences to George’s family. He will certainly be missed.

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  4. Sad to hear of George’s passing, albeit after a long and most meaningful life. He appeared before me quite often. He brought dignity and passion in representing his clients. A fine gentleman. Rest well.
    Judge Gary G Cioni, retired.

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  5. Dear Carol, Vivien, Jennifer, and families,
    It was my great privilege to have worked with your dad at Calgary Legal Guidance and to have followed his subsequent legal career and work in the community. He was a wonderful, inspiring man with a generous, compassionate soul and a great mind.
    I’m very sorry for your loss. While he was here he made the world a better place and it seems his was a life well lived.
    Merrill Cooper

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  6. George was a friend and mentor to me, and I’m sure to many, many more. George always took the time to listen, was very supportive and went out his way to help me and others alike. I am forever grateful for your friendship. May you rest in peace George.

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  7. Very sad to hear of George’s death, his work ethic was an example I never forgot through out my career.

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  8. What a great loss. I met George in law school (we were the oldest but he really skewed the average age!). He was truly a gentleman and his example that you’re never too old was inspiring. Indeed a few hours before I saw his obituary I was speaking about him to a 30 – something who was wondering if it was too late to go to law school. In the last few years I’d see him around the courthouse and we’d wave or say hello. What a full life he had. A shining example of a life well lived. My deepest sympathy to his family.

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