George Laurance Bertrum Ryder

Born on Dec. 15, 1930 in Fredericton, NB

Died on Feb. 25, 2016 in Penticton, BC

George passed away quickly at Penticton Regional Hospital, at the age of 85, five days after his beloved wife Marjorie (née Forsythe), his wife of 61 years. He is survived by his daughter Carolyn (Howard Anderson) and grandchildren Bronwyn and Duncan. He was predeceased by his parents, Laurance Percival Ryder and Vera Middleton Herd. George joined the R.C.A.F. in October 1948, immediately after completing high school. In 1950 he was posted to 408 Squadron’s SHORAN survey operations in Canada’s North. His years there had a profound impact on his life, and he would fondly reminisce about these times. He met Marge while she was serving in the R.C.A.F. and they were married June 4 1955 in St. Hubert, QC. Shortly after their marriage, George and Marge were promoted to sergeant and corporal, respectively, on the same day. They were stationed in many places throughout his career including Tacoma, North Bay, and Ottawa. A highlight was working for SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe) December 1964-June 1967 in Paris and Belgium. In May 1970, he was the youngest Chief Warrant Officer at that time and concluded his military career as a career manager in 1977. He then worked for the Correctional Service of Canada. George and Marge retired to Penticton and lived there for more than two decades. There will be no service by request, however a memorial tea will be held at a later date. Many thanks to Dr. Robin Masson for his compassionate care and efforts and to the hospital staff for arranging for George and Marge to be together. Sincere gratitude and thanks to Sharon Thompson and Sherry Dupuis for all their exceptional care and concern. Many thanks also to staff at the Hamlets and Southwood. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the military museum or charity of your choice.

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