GEORGE JOSEPH ABGRALL
Peacefully, George passed away after his courageous battle with cancer surrounded by his family on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at the age of 82 years.
Left to cherish George’s memory are his beloved wife Anita of 54 years of marriage; and will be greatly missed by his five children; sons, Jean-Marc, Andre, Rene (Kaye); daughters, Julie (Andrew), Ginette (Travis); thirteen grandchildren, Jacques (Stephanie), Derric, Justin, Curtis, Aaron, Andrea, Colwyn, Aidan, Chloe, Tiah, Shea, Brynne, Aislyn; and three great grandchildren, Landon, Grayson, and Aria. He is also survived by sisters, Suzanne, Christiane; brothers, Andre and Victor; many cousins, nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents Louis and Lucie Abgrall, three brothers, Louis, Robert and Raymond; sisters Lilliane and Yolande, and daughter in law Sharon (nee Leost) Abgrall.
Born in Treherne, MB. George was one of ten children born to French immigrants who settled later in St. Laurent, MB. He had several life occupations, as a saw mill operator at the age of 15 years on Vancouver Island, then as a NATO peace keeper with the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery 27th Regiment. After honorary discharge George became a Master Barber and had barber shops in Pine Falls, Winnipeg, Surrey and Abbotsford, BC and lastly Gillam, MB. He then became a Winnipeg Transit Bus Driver for 21 years until his retirement in 1998. George was also a proud member of the Royal Canadian Legion No.100 for over 35 years.
George and Anita enjoyed their retirement years at the cottage, travelling abroad, dancing, playing cards, and spending quality time with their family. He travelled thousands of miles to watch his children and grandchildren in all their various activities. He was a self-proclaimed “rabid” lifelong hockey fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs and an enthusiast of current affairs.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church, 4588 Roblin Boulevard @ Grant Avenue, with Rev. Msgr. Maurice Comeault P.H. presiding.
We would like to thank Dr. J. Gingerich and staff at Cancer Care Manitoba, Home Care Palliative Team, Grace Hospital and the Grace Hospice staff for their compassionate care.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Cancer Care Manitoba or a charity of your choice.
Wojcik’s Funeral Chapels & Crematorium, 2157 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada 204.897.4665, is in care of arrangements. wojciksfuneralchapel.com
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