George KLEIN

Obituary of George KLEIN

Sadly, with heavy hearts, we announce the passing of a much-loved husband, son, father, brother, Grampa, uncle and friend.  In the end, he was surrounded by the comfort, love and support of his family and friends at home as he wished.

George was born and raised in Ottawa and graduated from Carleton University with a master’s in Electrical Engineering in 1965.  He started his career at the Civic Hospital in Ottawa as a Biomedical Engineer and retired as Director of Biomedical Engineering for the Vancouver Island Health Authority in 1999.

He leaves behind his wife Jeannette, mother Florence, children Michael and Peter (Juliette), sister Margaret (David), and grandchildren Laurel, Lance, William and Danica.

Jeannette and George met in 1998 and connected through their shared love of sailing and skiing. George was suitably impressed with Jeannette’s resume of travel including her trip to the Monaco Grand Prix. They were married in 1990, in the backyard of their home, with friends and family present.  The dinghy full of beer and wine as the open bar will go down in infamy.  Jeannette will never forget the many trips abroad to places such as Australia, Greece, Hawaii and Newfoundland.

He believed in family and made appearances at as many events as possible from Nova Scotia to British Columbia and many points in between. 

George was passionate about his home and all that entailed.  He rarely bought furniture, instead he preferred to build it himself to his exacting specifications.  This principle of precision was applied to his cooking, gardening, woodworking and digital art.

He excelled at mastering the understanding of all things that were of interest to his sons and grandchildren.  He built toys, created works of art with digital photos, and was an accomplished cook. He had an appreciation for wine and gardening, and had a love of precision machinery ranging from coffee grinders to German cars and everything in between.

Specific care instructions for his prized tomatoes were given to his wife Jeannette, PVR instructions were left in son Mike’s hands to ensure the continuity of Formula One recordings, and the maintenance notes for the car were given to his son Peter.

Although he was an engineer, he was also a linguist at heart.  His understanding of the art of sarcasm was second to none. His sense of humour and sweet contempt will be missed by all who knew him.

George enjoyed spending time with family and friends and preparing meals for them, which he did effortlessly.  

George met the challenge of his diagnosis with bravery, determined to resolve issues that he encountered, assisting in the alterations to the home for his benefit, and he respected the commitment of those who made his final days at home possible.  He embraced the life he had and reminded us that we should make the most of the time available.

George’s family will be forever grateful for the exceptional care provided by his family and friends, the BC Cancer Agency, the Saanich Community Health Services and the VIHA Hospice Team.

A memorial service will be held at the Chapel at the Royal Oak Burial Park, 4673 Falaise Dr, Victoria on June 11 at 11am. Donations can be made in his name to the BC Cancer Foundation or charity of choice and would be appreciated.