Peacefully at La Verendrye General Hospital in Fort Frances, Ont. on Tuesday, May 19, 1998, George William John Emes, 87, passed to his eternal rest after a lengthy illness.
George was born January 16, 1911 in Middlechurch, Man., then moved with his family at the age of six to Sprague, Man. He joined the Canadian National Railway at the age of 15, working through the ranks and retiring as Roadmaster in Thunder Bay in December, 1971.
George was a proud life member of Granite Lodge No. 446, and a faithful member of Knox United Church in Fort Frances.
He was united in marriage with the former Alice Margaret Barbour on Dec. 9, 1939, who survives. He also is survived by his son, George (Cathy) of Fort Frances; daughter, Joan (Gordon) Nazvesky of Dryden, Ont.; four granddaughters, Deborah (Paul) Ward and Kimberly Emes of Fort Frances, and Alison and Keri Nazvesky of Dryden, Ont.; and one great-granddaughter, Paige Silver-Emes of Fort Frances.
Grandpa loved all his girls.
George also is survived by two brothers, Joseph (Regina) of Sprague, Man., and Lorne (Ann) of Steinbach, Man.; two sisters, Mae (Mel) Grottenburg of Thunder Bay, Ont., and Winona Thomson of Sprague, Man.; one sister-in-law, Marjorie Emes of Gimli, Man.; brother-in-law, Gordon Barbour of Stonewall, Man.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
George was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Tom and Bruce; sister, Ila (infant); brother-in-law, David Thomson; and sisters-in-law, Phame Emes, Marion Rooke, and Molly Barbour.
A memorial service was held Saturday, May 23, 1998 at Knox United Church in Fort Frances at 2 p.m., with Rev. Patrick Playfair officiating.
Honourary pallbearers were Gordon Barbour, Allen Molstad, Ken Munn, Ron Pidlubny, Cal Spicer, and Paul Ward.
The family would like to thank Dr. Brian Johnstone and all the nurses on the Continuing Care Ward for their gentle care during George’s long illness.