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George Howard, 90

George was born on February 17, 1924 in Rainy River, Ont. to Russell and Sadie Howard. He attended school in Rainy River and then joined the Canadian Army in 1943 and served until his discharge in 1947. George was a life member of the Canadian Royal Legion, Branch 29 in Fort Frances.
George worked at several jobs in his younger years including guiding fishermen and working at Steep Rock Iron Mine in Atikokan and for the CN Railroad. After that he came to Fort Frances and went to work for Alex Thompson Plumbing. This is when he met Irene Villeneuve and they became inseparable until her death 45 years later. George was always interested in photography and he worked for Clinic Pharmacy Ltd. for several years in charge of their camera department. George then opened his own photography studio on Scott St. for three years. George loved the outdoors and the lake and when the opportunity came to manage a tourist resort in Morson on Lake of the Woods he jumped at it. Working first for Moose and Muskie Camp and then for 13 years at Obabikon Bay Camp, until his retirement in 1986. George also enjoyed music, especially the old time songs. He played the accordion, banjo, mandolin and harmonica.
George entered his final home, Rainycrest in December of 2002. It was there he made many good friends with all the staff and residents. George enjoyed his stay there and the treatment he received. He became very good friends with Lydia Leatherdale and they spent all their time together until she passed away.
George was predeceased by his parents, his lifelong partner Irene Villeneuve and several aunts, uncles and cousins, and his good friend Lydia Leatherdale.
George is survived by his cousin Louella Katona, and Irene's family, Joanne and Keith Gosselin, their children; Sandra, Warren (Margaret) and grandson Tylar, and great granddaughter, Abigail.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10 a.m. at Green Funeral Home with Reverend Barbara Miller officiating. Interment will take place at Riverview Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers and in memoriam donations can be made either to the Knox United Church Renewal Fund, or Rainycrest Home for Aged.
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