It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of George William Braithwaite after a brief illness on the evening of November 30, 2016 at the Innisfail Health Centre. Mourning his passing are his sons Don and Bob as well as his ten grandchildren; Lon (Colleen), Leigh (Ryan), Troy, Cari, Tenneille (Chris), Jennelle (Adam), Taylor, Austin, Justin and Clinton. George is also survived by nine great grandchildren, sisters; Eva and Dorothy, brother John, and many special friends met over the years in a variety of surroundings. He was a man of strong character with a warm heart who touched the lives of many and will be dearly missed by all. On October 16, 1921 George was born the first of six children to Clifford and Hazel Braithwaite of the Shady Nook district. George finished his grade school in Red Deer and excelled in sports, particularly track and field. He then went on to serve in the Royal Canadian Air Force overseas during World War II. After 31 successful missions and with the rank of Flying Officer, the war ended and he returned safely home. Upon his return he studied at the Olds Agricultural College, which lead to a position with the Alberta Wheat Pool, initially as a Fieldman and later as a board director and vice president. He loved growing up on the family farm and thus adopted his parent’s strong interests in farm organizations, the cooperative movement and community affairs. These interests led him to be the founding president of the Red Deer Co-op, an active member of the Blonde Aquitaine cattle association, as well as serving on the Rural Education and Development Association board, and the Olds College Alumni Association. In retirement, George turned his attention to the Sunnybrook Farm Museum and his passion for the preservation of agricultural history was shown through the countless volunteer hours and contributions he provided. Numerous lengthy trips were made to the corners of Canada and the United States to visit family and friends met over the years and he always enjoyed reminiscing of adventures past and those yet to be taken. George was predeceased by his beloved wife of 65 years, Audrey; daughter Jan; brothers Tom and Jim; and great granddaughter Jillian. Funeral services will be held at the Innisfail United Church on Monday December 12, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. A private interment will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made to the Sunnybrook Farm Museum, Salvation Army or Innisfail Hospital.
HEARTLAND FUNERAL SERVICES, LTD.,
Innisfail entrusted with arrangements. 403-227-0006. www.heartlandfuneralservices.com