George Franklin Minckler

January 15, 1929-December 9, 2016

It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of George Minckler, at the age of 87. George will be remembered as a loving husband, wonderful father, and a great friend to all who knew him. He passed suddenly in Duncan after a brief illness, surrounded with the love of his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, June Roberta, and daughters Judi (Chris Jackson), Lynda (Smith), and Vicky (Ted Moore). Also, his sister Francis (Andy Anglet). HIs grandchildren, Sonja Jackson (Job Van Dort), Mark Jackson (Froukje), Tony Smith (Shelly), Greg Smith (Tia), Kevin Moore (Elizabeth), and Shannon Moore (Robert Mason- Brown). Great-grandchildren Luca, Avi, Charlie, Gus, Ethan, Jonas, Mariah, Alexis, Emma, Cameron, Sophia, and Molly. He was predeceased by his parents, Franklin and Olive, siblings Gordon, Jack and Vivian Thoresen, and son-in-law, George Smith. George was born in Vegreville, Alberta, but spent most of his life in British Columbia. He lived and worked in the Fraser Valley area, before settling in the Cowichan Valley. He worked for BC Tel for 35 years in various positions. George served the Telephone Pioneers of America for many years, part of which as President of the BC Chapter. After his retirement in 1984, he chose to enjoy life and not pursue other employment. He was always very community minded, volunteering for many causes including the North Cowichan Fire Department, and the Lake Cowichan Kiwanis Club. An avid gardener, he and June ran their own hobby farm for many years, raising chickens, cows, and pigs as well. Being clever with his hands, he was an enthusiastic wood worker and leather crafter. He also enjoyed playing pool at the Elks Club. George much enjoyed his weekly luncheons with the ROMEO’s, (Retired Old Men Eating Out). He will be fondly remembered in the community as Gorgeous George, and the Werther’s candy man. His charm, quick wit, and the twinkle in his eye endeared him to everyone who knew him. The family expresses heartfelt thanks to all the staff, nurses, and doctors at Cowichan District Hospital and Royal Jubilee Hospital for the compassionate care and support they provided to George and his family. In keeping with George’s wishes, there will be no memorial service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to a charity of your choice. Condolences may be shared online at: FIRST MEMORIAL FUNERAL SERVICES Duncan B.C. 250-748-2134

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