George FRERE

FRERE George Anthony October 3, 1940 – May 6, 2008 It is with great sadness that we announce the death of George Anthony Frere, who passed away peacefully at the age of 67, at the Palliative Care Unit, Foothills Hospital, Calgary, after a courageous battle with cancer. George was born at Trochu, Alberta, attended school in Trochu, Morrinville, St. John's College and St. Anthony's College, Edmonton, and returned to graduate in Trochu. As an active member of a large family involved in many aspects of farming and ranching in the Trochu area, George was successful in his work, especially loving the outdoors working with his cattle and dogs. He was well respected in the community for the kindness and compassion he demonstrated in various community endeavors. He was an enthusiastic master of detail, not only at home and at work, but in the wide number of interests and activities in which he was engaged. His devotion for adventure led him to earn a pilot's license. He loved traveling with family and friends, an activity that was further enhanced by his loving wife, Kay, in their numerous quests. George was well known for his engaging smile which, combined with jokes and quick wit, provided those around him with many moments of merriment. Over the years, his competitive nature and boundless energy sought an outlet in hockey, succeeding at various levels. It was his passion in life, and he continued to excel at it until he became ill. Water and snow skiing were other sports that kept him young but he was always game for anything. George will be fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews as a loving and supportive uncle whose hospitality they enjoyed during the many hours he devoted to them: piloting his boat on Pine Lake, quadding on the pasture land he loved, and always teaching and entertaining them. He was, indeed, a man of all seasons. Most of all, George will be remembered by his wife, Kay (Kubinec) the one he called “my beloved”, who contributed so greatly to his joy of life in marriage and to the life they generously shared with their extended families. Besides his loving wife, George is survived by three brothers and two sisters: Louis (Lorene), Raymond (Maureen), Genevieve (Ken Hoppins), Marc (Fay), Rose Marie (Roger Jackson), and all their families as well as all the Kubinec families: mother-in-law Marie, Pat (Gloria), Michael (Wendy), Tim (Maureen), Ted (Joan), Sara (John Brotman), Joe (Maryanne), Kevin (Eleanor), Joan (Doug Schmidt). He will also be remembered by 112 nieces and nephews. George was predeceased by his twin sister, Theresa at birth, his parents, John and Anna (Knievel), and his father-in-law, Joseph Kubinec. Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at St. Anne of the Prairies Catholic Church, Trochu on Sunday, May 11th, 2008 at 4:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated also at St Anne's, on May12th, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Trochu Hospital Foundation, Three Hills Palliative Care, or a charity of choice. Kay and family members extend their profound gratitude and sincere appreciation to the exceptional doctors, nurses and staff of Unit 47, IPCU, for their personal, committed and compassionate care. This thank you is also extended to Dr. Husband and staff at the Three Hills Health Centre for their dedication and support. PRAIRIE WINDS FUNERAL HOME, Box 187, Trochu, Alberta T0M 2C0 in charge of arrangements. Phone: (403) 442-2200 Send condolences to family @

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