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George Thiessen

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George’s family moved to Gem, Alta., where he met Elizabeth. He enjoyed 37 years teaching in northern B.C.; Morley, Alta.; Calgary; and Surrey, B.C. A successful entrepreneur, George leased recreational vehicles, managed a motel in White Rock, B.C., and owned and operated a travel agency in Surrey. For 2 summers, he built and sold homes. After retiring, he volunteered with Haggai Institute in Maui. George travelled Hawaii, Europe, the Mediterranean, Mexico, and Costa Rica. Many winters were spent with friends in the Ambassador RV Club. In 1992, George and Elizabeth purchased a winter home in Mesa, Ariz. He enjoyed camping with friends and vacationing with his family every year until 2016, when failing health made it too difficult to drive. He was an avid photographer. George played many instruments, but mandolin was his favourite. In retirement, he performed with an orchestra in Abbotsford. George loved to study the Bible and faithfully served the church. He documented his life story in the memoir Moments to Remember. George lived by Proverbs 3:5–6.

  • Birth: June 28, 1928
  • Birthplace:
    Kimball, Alta.
  • Death: October 29, 2017
  • Married:
    Elizabeth Loewen, Aug. 20, 1950 [d. Mar. 10, 2017]
  • Family:
    children Edith [d.], Kathy [d.], Rick, Ed, Dennis; 9 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren
  • Church:
    Clearbrook MB, Abbotsford, B.C.