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CHAPEL, George Dennis

May 5, 1941 – Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba
June 4, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with deep sadness that we announce George Chapel passed away peacefully on Monday, June 4, 2018 with his family by his side at the age of 77 years.

George was born and raised in Winnipeg Beach and moved to Winnipeg with his family at age twelve. He attended The University of Manitoba, receiving his Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Civil) in 1964. George began his professional career with The Loram Group in 1963 as a summer student and in 1964 he was hired as an engineer for Loram International Ltd. After completing assignments in Australia and the United States, he joined Manalta Coal Ltd. as Chief Engineer in 1973. In January 1991, he began his role as President and Chief Executive Officer. It was during his early assignment in Australia that he met and married his wife Betty. George convinced her to move to Canada in 1968 where they began their family and have remained for the past 50 years. Upon retiring, when George and Betty were not chasing after their grandkids, they spent time in Victoria where he loved to quietly watch the harbour activity. George was an avid hockey and football fan. He had a fondness for old cars and smoking his pipe out in his ‘shop’. He will be remembered for his generous nature, intelligence and wonderfully wicked sense of humour. His humour was legendary and was intact until he left us. George dedicated his life to his family and career.

George will be lovingly remembered by his wife Betty, their children Jacki (Louis) and Carl (Dawn); his brother Ernest and sister-in-law Elfrieda; his sister-in-laws Christine and Patsy; his grandchildren Milo, Stella and Jasper, nephew Robert (Ann and their children Nikayla and Colin), and cousins Carole and Jeanne. George was predeceased by his mother and father (Mary and Henry), brother Jerry and sister Joan.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W., Calgary, AB), on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Rosedale Hospice #1245 – 70 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 2X8Telephone: (403) 284 – 5195 or to the Inn from the Cold Society, Suite 104, 110 – 11th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 0X5, Telephone: (403) 263-8384, www.innfromthecold.org or a charity of their choice. The family wishes to thank all the nurses, doctors, staff and volunteers at the Rosedale Hospice whose care and kindness will never be forgotten.

In living memory of George Chapel, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. CALGARY, AB, T3G 2T3, Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. E.M. (Freddie) Chapel :

    Deepest sympathy to Betty, Jacki and Carl and their families. We will always remember George for his kindness and his wonderful sense of humor.

    Ernest and Elfrieda Chapel

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  2. Bill and Jeanne Mazur :

    George was a fun person to be around. Even though we didn’t see him often, we will miss him.

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  3. Carole Bacon :

    With deepest sympathy to Betty, Jacki and Carl and their families. So many fond memories. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time.

    Len and Carole Bacon

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  4. Jane and Bryce :

    We are so sorry to hear the news. George had such a great big personality and had a way of making you feel you were part of whatever inside family joke was running. Thinking of all of you and sending much love.

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  5. Joanne Hallmuth :

    Dear Betty, Carl, Jacki and family: Though now your hearts ache with grief, in time may you find peace in all the lovely memories you shared. Honour the time your shared by keeping his memory alive through your children. Memories are very beautiful and can help to carry you through the painful times. Bless you all in this journey.

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  6. Bruce and Joanne Hallmuth :

    Dear Betty, Carl, Jacki and family. Though now your hearts ache with the pain of losing your husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, in time may that ache be replaced with the wonderful memories you have of the times you shared. You can keep those memories alive by sharing them with each other as well as your children. God bless you all as your journey through this heavy time.

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  7. Debra Nault :

    My thoughts and prayers to George’s family.

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  8. Liz Chammartin :

    Betty, it is with such sadness that I send my condolences to you and your family. This has been such a tragic time for all of you. My heart goes out to you and I hope that all your memories of George can help you through this very difficult time.

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  9. Arlene & Dave Rose :

    Betty, Jacki, Carl and family,
    We extend our heartfelt condolences at this very sad time. George was such a special person and will be sorely missed. We will be unable to attend the service on Saturday but will be thinking of you.

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  10. Wonderful memories of working with George at Manalta. Truly one of the good guys with an exceptional sense of humor, fair play and decency. He will be missed. Cherish the good times and all of your memories of him. Our condolences to family and friends. Know that he touched many people in a positive way.

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  11. Betty, Jacki and Carl- My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and your families.
    Ken Bush

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  12. Edward Durand :

    Jacki,
    It is with deep sorrow that we have learned the passing of your father . Our deepest sympathy to you and your family during this difficult period.
    Love,
    Carole and Edward

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  13. Connie Fellinger :

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I worked with George at Manalta Coal for 19 years, some of those as his Secretary, and have often told the story of how I knew he was on vacation as he didn’t wear a tie that day! I know he will be missed.

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