George arrived in Canada during the Great Depression, and at a very young age was exposed to the hard work required to have a decent life . He sold newspapers on city corners, carried golf clubs at a local private course, and various other jobs to help the family. George first met Elsie in Public School and years later declared himself the luckiest guy alive when she said yes. 58 years married, they raised a beautiful family and were totally dedicated and thrilled with subsequent grandchildren and great grandchildren. Elsie and George loved to travel and went on numerous trips abroad, as well as winters in Singer Island Florida for many years. George had a passion for golf. He was a very good player, and the game was more than just recreation for him. Many personal friendships and business connections were evolved through introductions on the golf course. His skill won him “Club Champion” honours at Brampton and Greystone Golf Clubs, as well as several amateur tournament victories for many years. Son Gary and Grandson Michael have also won Club Championships, showing the golf genetics at work. Elsie and George enjoyed Thoroughbred Racing, as well as ownership shares in multiple stakes winners Sweet Briar Too, Eighty Nine Red and stakes placed Eminent Force. George travelled to multiple Breeders Cup Events and he and Elsie seldom missed attending The Queen’s Plate. The unexpected passing of Elsie in 2008 was devastating to George, but to his credit, he picked himself up and occupied his time with family, golf and racing, and found the courage to live on. He was fortunate to form a friendship with Marge Federico and they were able to share time together. George had a very engaging and positive personality and could strike up a conversation with anyone at any time, which has always served him well. For this, and his strong sense of pride in himself, Elsie and his family, he will be best remembered.
In memory of George, memorial donations may be made to CNIB or Long Run Thoroughbred Retirement Society.