George Dec. 29, 2011 ACHESON


George Innes

Nov. 11, 1915 – Dec. 29, 2011

George Innes Acheson passed away peacefully on December 29, 2011 at the Extendicare Michener Hill in Red Deer at the age of 96 years. George was born in Sedgewick, Alberta on November 11, 1915. He married Jean O’Brien of Lougheed, Alberta on December 3, 1940. During the war, George served in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a pilot/flight instructor with the British Commonwealth Air Training School in Alberta, and Manitoba. Following the war, George and Jean returned to Sedgewick with their new son Jimmy, who was born in 1943. They took over the Acheson farm and soon had a daughter Sheila, born in 1947. Sadly, little Jimmy passed away in 1949. Twins Colin and Curtis arrived in 1951 and the family moved closer to town. George built the Esso service station on Highway 13 south of Sedgewick in 1956, and ran the business until 1961. He then accepted a position with the Farm Credit Corporation, and the family moved to Bentley. George worked for the FCC in Rimbey, Lacombe, and Innisfail until he and Jean bought the Rainbow Resort in Sylvan Lake in 1972. They sold ‘The Rainbow’ in 1975, and retired in Sylvan Lake. They enjoyed many years at the lake with their dear friends and neighbours. George volunteered with Meals on Wheels and he and Jean could always be found helping Sheila and Rick at the Sylvan Flower Farm. George is survived by his sons Colin (Burdine, Rob, and Erin) and Curtis (Odette, Sylvie, Nicole, and Marc), his grandson Patrick Boomer (Brigitte), his son-in-law Rick Davison (Sheila), along with many nieces, nephews, and a great many dear friends. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Jean in 1997, his son James (Jimmy) in 1949, his daughter Sheila in 2010, his brother Robert in 2010, and his sister Lillian in 1992. George will always be remembered as a strong but gentle man, who was completely devoted to his family. He was the ‘favourite uncle’ to his many nieces and nephews and a good and loyal friend to many. He was hard to beat in a game of crib well into his nineties, and seldom used the eraser on his pencil when counting his score after a round of golf. We will miss his quick smile and sense of humour. At George’s request, a celebration of his life will be held in the summer when the sun is warm and the golf course is open. His ashes will be interred in the family plot in Sedgewick A special thanks to the staff in Unit 24 at the Extendicare Michener Hill in Red Deer for their compassionate care for George after he moved there 2010. And a very special thanks to George’s best friend and grandson Patrick (and Brigitte) for their devotion to George over the years.

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