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RAU, H. George

April 21, 1938 – Davidson, Saskatchewan
November 10, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

George, beloved husband of Valerie Rau (nee King) of Calgary, AB, passed away peacefully at home with family on November 10, 2017 at the age of 79 years.

As a young man George left Davidson in 1956 for Carnduff Saskatchewan where his life-long career in the oil patch began. With his outgoing personality and love of travel the oil patch was always home to George where stops in Estevan, Fort St. John, Weyburn, Calgary and Edmonton provided him the opportunity to meet his beloved wife of fifty-nine years, as well his many dear friends throughout Western Canada.

George is survived by his loving wife Valerie; his sons Greg (Dianne) and Jim (Carol); his daughter Linda (Mark) Brown; five grandchildren, Stephanie, Allison, Melissa, Christine and Dylan; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. George was predeceased by his parents, Henry and Karolina; brothers, Henry, Adolf and Philip; as well as his sisters, Mary, Katie and Annie.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Monday, November 20, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. Reception to follow at the funeral home. Graveside Service to follow at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made 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 Rau, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Brian & Jackie Hill

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Valerie and the family.

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  2. Ed PatZarowny ,Bryan Rosychuk

    Sorry Valerie and family in the loss of George. Bryan and my husband had fun on the few fishing trips so R.I.P. George.

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  3. I had the distinct privilege of working with George in his BMW days. George was his “own man” and shared many “great stories” with us all. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with all of family members at this most difficult time. “Rest in peace my friend”

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  4. Ken and Gloria Graham

    To the Rau family, so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Ken and Gloria

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  5. I had the pleasure of working with George several years ago at Weatherford. He provided us non stop entertainment. He was a lovely man and will be missed by all that knew him. My thoughts are with you, his family, at this time.

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  6. Sorry to see George passed away
    I am in Phoenix and will not make the service
    George was as a good man and will be missed

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  7. Linda and family So Sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences.

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  8. Mel and Sharon Kitzul

    Dear Valerie, Greg, Jim, Linda and Your Families,

    Our sympathy to All of You on George’s passing. As we reflect on the 55 plus years we have known him, many memories surface. Never a dull moment when in his presence! Whether it was competitive Gin Rummy day-night marathons in the Weyburn Patch or in later years here in Alberta and the Northern Saskatchewan fishing trips originating in Lethbridge! He always put his ‘verbal spin’ on whatever the scenario! Never at a loss for words. Fun times and great memories!!

    Sorry we won’t be able to be with you on Monday.

    Sincerely,
    Mel and Sharon Kitzul

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  9. Valerie
    So sorry to here of the passing of George. We went back a long time ago to the Ft St John days. George was always fun to be around and will be missed.

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  10. Cathy & David Keevill

    Prayers and condolences for George’s family.

    I didn’t know George well, I was only blessed to interact with him on a few occasions; but I know how much he meant to his family. He, along with Valerie, was the glue that held the family together. Pleasant, outgoing and gregarious, George always had a story to tell and will be missed by his family, his friends and his community.

    Prayers to everyone.

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  11. Connie and I were so sad to hear about George, a first class person that we were both proud to know. He always had a smile and just made you feel good to be around – he will be missed.

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  12. Joan Freeman and Bryan Robertson

    Dear Valerie and family – we were deeply saddened to hear of George’s passing. He touched so many lives – and of course, will always have a special place in my heart as best man, boss and friend. Both Bryan and I always enjoyed his humour and his colourful stories. The sound of his laughter from 30 years ago still rings in my ears! And, I loved that he fiercely loved his family. With love and deepest sympathies

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  13. Garry Kolodychuk

    Greg, Dianne, Jim, and Carol – sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing, my family’s condolences to you all.

    Garry and JoAnn Kolodychuk

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