ANTON

ANTON, 1924- 2007 George Joseph Anton of Red Deer, passed away peacefully at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, on Sunday, September 16, 2007, at the age of 83 years. Born on March 1, 1924, George lived his early years on the family farm in the White District, west of Medicine Hat, Alberta. At the age of eighteen years, he eagerly joined the Royal Canadian Air Force, training in Canada and England as a tail (rear) gunner. When he was stationed at Eastmoore, England as Sgt. Anton, he flew with squadron 432, on the famous Lancaster and Halifax Bombers. After completing his tour of operations (33) over Germany, he was commissioned to Pilot Officer. When back in Canada, he joined the Calgary Transit System as a transit driver for several years. George then moved on to the Greyhound Bus Lines, driving buses across Canada and the United States. The beauty of British Columbia prompted a move to Logan Lake, where he took up employment with the Lornex Copper Mining Corporation, as a heavy equipment operator and eventually supervisor, hiring and training personal in operating the heavy equipment. After ten years with the firm he took early retirement at sixty years of age and enjoyed extensive travel, visiting family and friends. He enjoyed good music, dancing and spending time with people who had a good sense of humor. His hobbies were some winter sports, skating, skiing and snowmobiling. In summer it was fishing, his favorite pastime, and did he catch some fish, they got “bigger” every time he told us about it. George was a very kind man, always there for you when you needed help and certainly always a gentleman. He will be dearly missed. George will be lovingly remembered by his surviving sisters, Irma Seibert of Red Deer, Carole Sullivan of Mount Vernon, Washington, a niece, Pamela (Malcom) Nelson, a great niece, Elizabeth Materi, a nephew, Craig (Jeanie) Sullivan, all of Washington State, a niece, Jeanette (Ron) Cleveland, two great nephews, Cody and Kurt Cleveland all of California and numerous cousins in Canada and the United States. He was predeceased by his father and mother, Joseph and Elizabeth Anton, two sisters, Emelie Trebble of Red Deer, Henriette Elkins of Park Orchard, Washington and a special nephew and friend, Gary Thiesson of Medicine Hat, Alberta. A Memorial Service in George's honour will be held at Eventide Funeral Chapel, 4820-45 Street Red Deer, on Saturday, September 22, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. If desired memorial tributes may be made in his honour to the, Stars Ambulance Foundation, S.T.A.R.S. Box 570, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 8M7. Condolences may be forwarded to the family at: www.eventidefuneralchapels.com. Service and Cremation Providers: EVENTIDE FUNERAL CHAPELS 4820 45th Street, Red Deer. Phone 347-2222.


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