January 27, 2014
George leaves his wife, Helen, after 63 years of marriage with enough happy memories and laughter shared together to last a few lifetimes. He also leaves his daughters, Valerie (Vanja) Lugonja and Judy Swainson, grandchildren Ragan Rodgers, Denver (Sara) Swainson and Lauren (Aaron) Andersen as well as his favourite little fluffy furry friend, Penny. Born September 19, 1929 to Michael and Mary McKinney in Bengough, Saskatchewan, George left home at 17 years arriving in Red Deer soon to meet his life long sweetheart as well as his life long career: 45 years of accident free bus driving. George exemplified commitment. Possessing the highest degree of integrity and a fathomless work ethic, George excelled at his life long list of hobbies and interests. Artistically, George was a gifted musician, found solace in sketching, and a deep personal satisfaction in construction and hand crafted wood working. His love of golf and bridge matched his enthusiasm for country music and square dancing. He thrived during the years he and Helen spent wintering in Arizona traveling throughout the world. Yet, he cherished his family the most and was always the first one up every Christmas morning. His grandchildren brought him endless joy, coupled with more projects, and his shadow was always a 4-legged furry little friend. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, George has asked that donations be made, in his name, to the SPCA. Please join us in a celebration of his life on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at The Vanier, 9820-165 Street, Edmonton, Alberta. Service 1:30 to 2 pm followed by an Open House from 2:00 to 4:00 pm .