George passed away from a viral pneumonia on November 26, 2020, at the
Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, BC. George was pre-deceased by his
wife Margot in 1988.
George was born in Walsall, Staffordshire, England, where he was first
in the family to go to Queen Mary's Grammar School. He was a prefect,
head boy, senior cadet, captain of the 1st XV rugby team.
George was the first in the family to go to university, to study
forestry at the University of Aberdeen, in Scotland. He met his future
wife, Margot, while studying there. He earned his PhD in Forestry at the
University of Washington, in Seattle, USA.
Upon completion of his PhD, George, and his family, moved to Victoria to
work at the Pacific Forest Research Centre. He worked at the PFRC for 30
years, making many contributions in his study of various tree species,
including a chapter on Abies (in the Pine family) in the definitive
textbook, The Woody Plant Seed Manual, published by the US Department of
Agriculture. He also chaired the International Union of Forest Research
Organizations' Research Group into Seed Physiology and Technology.
You can find a list of George's publications here:
George found the second love of his life in his partner Eleanor. They
shared a love of the outdoors, dogs, and music, and spent many wonderful
years together at Shawnigan Lake, and at Balfour on Kootenay Lake.
"A beautiful human who gave so much during his time on this Earth."
George is survived by his partner Eleanor, son Ewan, daughter Fiona, son
Alasdair, grandchildren James, Lauren, Madisyn, Zenaeh, step-grandchildren
Emily, Jeffrey, Blake, great-grandchild Mitchell, step-great-grandchild
Due to Covid restrictions, a virtual service will be held December 5,
2020. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an invitation.