George Hawrys passed away peacefully Friday, February 19, 2021 at Piccadilly Seniors Residence in Salmon Arm B.C. at the age of 93. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Nora (nee Bell), his daughter Debbie Stickland (Ron), his sons Ken (Lori), and Rick (Shelley), 6 grandchildren, Matt Stickland (Nincie),Geordan Stickland (Emily), Katie Wallace (Layton), Zoe Hawrys (Tyler), Jenelle Hawrys, Brett Hawrys, and 2 great grandchildren, Adilyn and Asher Stickland, and numerous nieces and nephews. George was predeceased by his parents Michael and Anna (nee Borys), his sister Mary Jablonsky, his brothers Tony, Joseph, Alex, Bert, and Michael.
George was born in Enderby Hospital and lived most of his life on the family farm in Grindrod. He enjoyed a varied work career. He began working at age 14 and worked at NOCA and Fruit Union in Vernon. George worked in Trail but missed the North Okanagan and returned to work in hardware stores in Vernon and Enderby. He purchased and operated a dump truck and enjoyed working on various local roadways and bridges with it. After he sold his truck he went into merchandising for 25 years and managed the Hardware, Building Supply and Farm Dept. of the Mainline Co-op in Salmon Arm. George later worked as a Building Inspector and then as Clerk of Works for the construction of Armstrong Pleasant Valley Manor and Enderby Parkview place. He very much enjoyed farming the family farms in Armstrong and Grindrod, especially when his grandsons worked with him. George volunteered on community boards and projects as helping others and his community was important to him. He so enjoyed his most important job of providing a very good life for his children. George spent his spare time making sawdust in his workshop and also “fixing" (all kinds of things for family and friends). He enjoyed being in the workshop with his sons, son in law, and grandkids. He was very active all his life, as a young guy playing ball with the Grindrod Elks, cross country skiing, golfing and playing with grandkids. George and Nora travelled to many places and also enjoyed camping and fishing with friends and family. They were very fortunate to have very special neighbours and lifelong friends in the community. George enjoyed being with family and loved having his sister, his brothers and their families visit. He felt very blessed to live in this beautiful area and to have his “most wonderful grandkids" growing up close to Nora and him. He was so very proud of his greatest accomplishment, “his family”. George's family want to thank Dr. Aitchison and the staff at Piccadilly Seniors Residence for their care and kindness.
To Nora, Debbie, Ken, Rick and your families, Our deepest condolence on George's recent passing. He was a great neighbour and a model citizen in our small community of Grindrod. I have memories of him going back to my early childhood, and have benefitted from knowing him and all of you. Our sympathies to all of you, and wishes for fond memories of him during this time of loss and in the years ahead.
George and Nora were old neighbours of ours when we lived on Old Sicamous Road. Just a kind and wonderful couple. George gave me a beautiful long handled shoe horn that he had made, and I think of him every time I use it! My sympathies to all his family. Big hugs to Nora. She taught our Jody in Kindergarten.
We are so deeply saddened to hear of George’s passing. He was a really wonderful friend. Nora will miss him a lot and so will all of us. They were a super close couple. Nora and I were classmates more than 70 years ago and so I have fond memories of dinners out and social gatherings with George and Nora. Thank goodness for the many treasured memories. May George now Rest In Peace. With love, Betty and family
Dear Nora and family I send love and sympathy to you in the loss of George. The obituary was so lovely...you will have many wonderful memories to help you heal. My love Nora Paula
So many beautiful memories with Uncle George & family
We are so saddened to hear of George's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Nora, as well as all your family. RIP, Uncle George.
I was deeply saddened to hear of George's passing. To Nora, Debbie, Ken and Rick and families, I want to express my sympathy. George was such a good neighbour, always finding time for a chat and to help out where he could. My memories of the farm and the neighbours across the road are precious and will continue to live in my heart. George will be missed. Love, Fran