George Gill

George Gill


George wrote his final

chapter on March 16, 2013

at the age of 77. Survived

by his loving wife of 13 years, Grace, and daughters;

Genevieve of New Zealand, Rowena of Vancouver

and Valerie (Dan) of

Victoria. George was also

the adored Grandpa of Natalie, Tatum and Sarah. Upon

marrying Grace in May 2000, he became a treasured

member of her warm and

welcoming extended family. 

 George was an individual, a loner, he would tell you, a little bit quirky and pretty much a klutz. This he attributed to his 6’5” height and his size 15 feet.  Born of working class

Jewish parents at Mt. Sinai Hospital in the Bronx, New

York, March 13, 1936, hegrew up with a working

knowledge of racism and discrimination. George’s first love was baseball.  As a lad, his dad took him to major league ball games, and he later enjoyed selling programs at

Yankee Stadium. After a year at New York City Community College in Brooklyn from 1954-55, he did a two year stint

in the US Navy on an oil tanker in the Persian Gulf during the Suez Crisis. In 1958 he graduated from Hofstra

University with both an Associate of Arts & Bachelor of

Arts degree. During these years he notes: “Job in welfare

office (fired). Job with Parks Dept (quit).” In 1965 George

received his Master of Science in Administration

& Supervision degree from St. John’s

University, New York. In May 1962 he married Gloria,

who sadly predeceased him in 1999 after a lengthy

illness throughout which she was lovingly cared

for by George at home.  In 1968 they moved to Toronto

with their family of three girls where they both taught school for 25 years.  George notes as his greatest accomplishment: “I raised three nice kids.”  His biggest disappointment:

“I never got to pitch a major league baseball game.”  George will be dearly missed by his childhood friends

Peter Drew and Bob Horin. George is predeceased by his parents, his first wife Gloria, and his sister Barbara.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home,

2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers,

donations may be made to the Cancer Centre for the

Southern Interior, 399 Royal Avenue, Kelowna BC

V1Y 5L3.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made

to the Cancer Centre for the Southern Interior,

399 Royal Avenue, Kelowna BC V1Y 5L3. A blood donation in recognition of the many transfusions George received over the course of his illness would be a welcome tribute.


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