George Henry Saunders

George passed away peacefully February 4, 2017 after a 6 yr. journey with kidney cancer. He is survived by his wife, Marion of 60 yrs., sons; Bryan (Janice) of Aldergrove, Patrick of Creston, Grant (Allison) of Calgary, Granddaughter Courtney of Burnaby, brother, Bert (Florence) of Calgary and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by his parents and brother Bill. Born December 31, 1935 in Trochu, AB his early years were spent on the family farm East of Olds, moving to Red Deer at 5 yrs. old, where he obtained his schooling. He was a talented hockey player that made an NHL farm team but decided on a different career path. In 1952 he met his future wife, Marion, and they were married in 1956. He was a salesman for some of the leading confectionery companies, traveling most of BC and AB. He took his welders training in order to spend more time at home and went on to sell welding equipment in the Vancouver area. He was an adventurer at heart and subsequently a great story teller. A dream of his was realized to own his own pub and the family moved to Yahk, BC with the purchase of the Yahk Hotel in 1976. The next 15 years saw them buy and sell two more hotels in Alberta, and gift/ice cream shop in Fairmont Hot Springs, BC.

Early retirement took them to the Salmon Arm area, enjoying the local fishing. Later, moving to Logan Lake…more fishing! They moved on to buy an organic orchard in Cawston, BC, learning some of that business.

His final years were spent in Oliver, OK Falls, and finally Penticton, taking many road trips in the USA, Yukon, and Canada. George’s passion for flying, saw them spend many enjoyable hours in a small plane exploring the three Western provinces. George was very grateful to be part of Bill’s family for 48 years. The family would like to thank both Dr. Robertson’s and all the caregivers who gave him comfort in his final days.

There is no funeral by his request. Donations can be made

to the Moog Hospice House Penticton.

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