(July 4, 1923 – March 10, 2008)
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of George James Kilgour, who died at the Christine Morrison Hospice in Mission, BC after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
George was born in Vancouver, BC, the eighth of 10 children of James Kilgour (from Old Cumnok Scotland) and Vera Campbell (from Metcalfe, Ontario).
He graduated from John Oliver High School, excelled in business courses at Fairview High School of Commerce and Duffus Business College, and followed his father’s footsteps in the fields of business and commerce.
When Canada entered World War II, George enlisted in the RCAF (1942), and married Veda (Edmondson) on February 20 1943. The next day he moved his new bride to Edmonton, then Calgary, and finally Portage LaPrairie, Manitoba, for completion of his military training.
After his son Gary was born, October 31, 1944, he made the arduous trip overseas on the troop ship Aquitania, landing in Scotland. For two years, George worked in hospital administration in the south of England. In 1946, he was awarded the CVSM with clasp and the OSM and was honorably discharged at the rank of Staff Sergeant. In May, 1946 he settled his family in Chilliwack, where he worked in various occupations before building his career as a public accountant. Glenn was born September 2, 1950.
Upon retirement from his practice, he applied his broad experience to management of several other local businesses and enjoyed work into his early 70’s.
George was a loving father, companion, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, who gently touched many lives.
George was predeceased by his wife in 1992, his son Glenn in 2006.
He will be sadly missed by his son Gary (MaryEllen); grandsons: Kevin (Vineeta), Tony (Sara); granddaughters: Melanie (Rob), Julianne, Tammi (Chad) and Melissa (Spencer); and four great-grandchildren, Angelie, Nikhil, Andrew and Olivia, and daughter-in-law Trish.
He is mourned by surviving siblings: Margaret Turner, Mary Williams, Evelyn Tilton and Gordon Kilgour. Also left to mourn are his loving companion of many years, Elsie, and her children, Les, Rene, Colleen and Kathleen, nine grandchildren, Lisa, Brent, Colleen, Chuck, Sarah, Amy, Emma, Miki and Cory and eight great-grandchildren, Catherine, Carli, Elizabeth, Garth, Layla, MacKenzie, Abby and Lily (twins Easton and Owen expected in June).
Cremation will be followed by interment in the Valley View Cemetery, Agassiz BC, and a private memorial celebration.
We are grateful to Dr. Paul Basson, the Home Support nurses, and the nursing staff on 3rd floor Chilliwack General Hospital.
We are also grateful for Melissa’s loving nursing care and for the work of the excellent palliative care nurses at the Christine Morrison Hospice. Their tremendous compassion and caring in dealing with all members of George’s family, and the dignity they gave him in his end of life will be forever remembered.
Donations in his memory may be made to the Mission Hospice Society, 7494B Mary Street, Mission, BC V2V 6Y9, or online at www.missionhospice.bc.ca