George Pettigrew

We are deeply saddened by the passing of George Pettigrew on July 27th, 2016. He was born in Girvan, Scotland on October 26, 1927 and immigrated to Canada (Kincardine, Ontario) with his family when he was 6 months old. He is survived by his wife Mary, who just recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary; their 5 children, Georgette (Danny), Linda (Ken), Tim (Bev), Vicki (Elio), and Jay (Stephanie), as well as 12 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. George was predeceased by his parents, brother and 4 sisters. George witnessed his father die tragically in a farming accident when he was 8 years old. Life was tough in those days and at age 15 George ran away to join the Royal Canadian Navy. After training he was transferred to Esquimalt and served on the HMCS Uganda as a steward. When the war ended, George was transferred to Toronto to finish his education. George’s career started at CIBC in Oliver, and then Winfield. From there he moved to Ocean Falls to work at Crown Zellerbach before moving to Rossland and working with CM&S for 9 years in the purchasing department. He then started his own business with Mutual Life of Canada (now Sun Life) where for 40 years he helped families and businesses carry on after death learning from his childhood experience. He made many lifelong friends serving his clients locally and up the valley to Nakusp. George was an expert pool and card player and faithfully followed the Detroit Tigers, Montreal Canadiens and Trail Smoke Eaters. He enjoyed golfing, seniors curling and was a long time Gyro and Legion member. His daily coffee meetings with his friends was important to him until dementia set in 3 years ago, but his love of music and completing crossword puzzles continued right to the end. Many memorable family vacations back east and beyond are etched in our memories forever. The family would like to thank Dr. Phillips, Dr. Goul, the Emergency Department and the 3rd floor nurses at KBRH, and the Bridges Program staff at CVL. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 10:30 am at the Holy Trinity Catholic Parish with Father Bart van Roijen, Celebrant. Veterans, Ladies Auxiliary and Legion members, please attend. Al Grywacheski of Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services™ has been entrusted with the arrangements. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made in George’s name to KBRH Health Foundation (Elder Care Campaign) at 1200 Hospital Bench, Trail, BC, V1R 4M1 or online at or the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #11 at 2141 Columbia Avenue, Trail, BC, V1R 1K8. You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at

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