George was born in Alcester, England to Minnie and George Smith. He had three brothers: John (deceased), Ted (deceased) and Peter of Banbury, England.
As a young man, George studied violin and was part of a duet that played dances on Saturday nights.
As soon as he could join the war effort, George joined the English Forces, The Red Devils. He was stationed in Israel and received paratrooper training, making his required eight jumps from an airplane.
As a civilian, George returned to his family’s trade, bricklaying. He found his talent and creativity in the work and made a good living.
In 1955, he emigrated to Canada and immediately found work. He brought his new wife Margaret Rosemary from England and they made a life together in the brick house in West St. Paul that George built. They had a son and daughter, George and Linda.
George (Sr.) was recognized as a creative and knowledgeable tradesman and soon was employed at the Red River College as the bricklaying instructor. He trained hundreds of trades people before he retired in 1988.
George left his mark on Manitoba in many locations, such as the Warren Golf Club fireplace and the statue of the engineer on the Red River College grounds.
In his retirement, George focused on his grandchildren, Graham and Marten, travel, and volunteer work at the Middle Church Home. His wife Margaret Rosemary died in 1994 and is buried at St. Paul’s Anglican Church.
His family would like to thank the dedicated and caring staff at the Maples Nursing Home for the lovely years he spent in their community.
He had a wonderful life!
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 299 Balderstone Road, West St. Paul.< back to obituary listing