George Coton, a long time resident of Cultus Lake, passed away in the morning hours of February 19, 2005. George was born in Birmingham, England, August 30th, 1920.
He joined the Royal Navy at the age of 18 to see the world, but saw consistent action during World War II, serving on destroyers. During the War, on a five day leave, George married the love of his life, Doreen in August of 1943. As a Stoker Petty Officer, George was about to be promoted to a Chief Petty Officer ranking in 1948, when he discovered that Doreen was pregnant. With 24 pounds sterling borrowed from his father-in-law, George bought himself out of the Royal Navy and entered civilian life. Baby George was born in May of 1948.
George joined the Central Electricity Generating Board as a boiler operator at Nechells Power Station, Birmingham, in May of 1948. Over the next 27 years, George became a boiler and turbine room foreman, and eventually an engineer at the power station. George took an early retirement option in 1975. In the fall of 1979 George and Doreen emigrated to Canada, to join their son George who had emigrated six years earlier, and to live amongst friends they had made while vacationing at Cultus Lake.
While living at Cultus Lake, George and Doreen gained a daughter-in-law Janice and two grandchildren George Jr., and Audra.
George, as the oldest sibling of six, is survived by his sister Iris, his two brothers Philip and Gerald, his wife Doreen, his son George, spouse Janice and grandchildren George Jnr. and Audra.
An open house Celebration of George’s Life is to be hosted by Doreen and family at George and Doreen’s home on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2005, from 1-4:00 p.m.