March 9, 1949 – March 24, 2017
George was a charismatic, one-of-a-kind, incredible man who devoted his life to helping those around him. Surrounded by his loving family at home, George left this earth peacefully to meet his Lord and Savior.
Left to honour George's memory is his beloved wife and best friend of 44 years, Lily (Veness); sons: Curtis (Karen Abellar) & Stephen; daughter Monica (Deny Ouimet); grandchildren: Javis, Daisy, Damien and Julia as well as extended family and numerous friends.
George was predeceased by his parents, Alexander Batt & Maria Bauer; in-laws: William & Lilly Veness; brothers: Victor, Jacob (Inez) & Edward; sisters: Katie (Alex), Emma (Ludwig) & Lydia (Mike); nephews: Daniel Batt & Dwight Mclellan; niece Kaitlyn Robins and brother-in-law Gary Scott.
Many people supported George in his 10 year journey with cancer, and the family expresses gratitude to all. Special thanks to family physician Dr. A Mokrzanowski, everyone he connected with at the Cross Cancer Institute, especially Dr. Severin and Dr. Mulder, alternative practitioner Inge Knott, and to his compassionate home care team including Jocelyn Mugleston, Cecile Flynn, Marianne Abellar, Gwen, Lilia, Theresa, Wafa and physician, Dr. R.T. Barton.
2:00PM Saturday April 1, 2017
Sacred Heart Church of the First Peoples
10821-96 Street NW Edmonton, AB
Please come as you are and, if possible, wear blue to honor George’s favorite color.
In lieu of flowers, please consider sending a donation to Sacred Heart Church, Hope Mission or The Mustard Seed so George’s devotion to assisting others may continue.
I am very sad to hear of George passing. I always enjoyed the conversations we had. And he always made me smile & laugh.
Thinking of you always Lily
From the entire Hampton Inn team (your extended family) our thoughts and prayers go out to you.
Condolence to Lily and Family
George was a husband, father, grandfather and friend, a roll he took very seriously.
Your will be forever remembered.
Thoughts and prayer ??
Uncle you leave a hole in our hearts but so many memories that we will cherish. Your love for music inspired many of us to follow our dreams. Love always your neice Katie Veness .
Lily and Family,
Our deepest condolences for your loss. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
Love from Aunty Irene Bourgeois & Mike and Karen McCullough
Thoughts and prayers for you Lily and your family in the loss of George. Love Teresa ( Marno’s sister) oxoxox
I will always remember him playing the blues with his guitar and jamming and playing together with him. George and I had good times playing gigs here and there. He was an awesome cook and always sampled his cooking when I was over at his place. I’m gonna miss you George. My condolences to Lillian and family at this time of loss.
It is with great sadness that I say good by to my friend George I only New George for a short while but in that time we found a connection and became very good friends I will miss him greatly. Our condolences to Lillian and family
Garry and Christine Barrett
I extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family. May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead.
Lily, Curtis, Stephen, Monica, Karen, Deny and all the family
George was such an amazing, interesting, funny, talented, and most thoughtful man and he will be greatly missed. Lily, remember this quote, “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever”. And that is where George will be, forever.
We are so sorry to learn of your dear husband’s passing, Lily. Although we had not known him a long time, we are sure he will be sorely missed by you and your family and the larger community that relied on his dedication and generosity for many years.
May your burden be less in the faith that he is now at peace with God.
Terry and Fran Part
I’m so sorry for your loss Lily. I will always remember George as he was when you were in Victoria last. We talked for hours…. he loved to talk and to laugh. I’m sorry I can’t be there on Saturday but I certainly will be there in spirit.
Lily and Family,
George had many blessings in his lifetime and you Lily, Curtis, Stephen and Monica were his most treasured. With the addition of in-laws and most treasured, his grandchildren, George’s life was complete. He will be missed but the memories that you will cherish now will help you through this time of grief. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
Our deepest sympathies Lily and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Lily and family,
Sorry to hear about George. Some great memories of him back at
St. Joe’s High School. Will be missed.
Lily, you and your family were everything he ever wanted. His life was complete, but taken too soon. He was always happy, we had great times joking with him.
Won’t make it to his service, but our love and prayers will be with you.
Yvonne & Maurice Boisvert
Lily and family,
We are honoured to have been included as your extended family. We are proud to be godparents to Curtis, and became uncle and auntie to your children. We are more than sorry for your loss and we will always be with you.
May Memories Comfort You All:
We can only feel great sorrow at the loss of a great joy… and what a joy it was to know your husband, father, Opa, my godfather. Uncle George was never one to be short on words … I will forever remember and treasure the lengthy conversations that we had after both my father Jacob (his brother) and my mother Inez ( his sister in -law) deaths. Even though he was suffering and fighting his own battle he always was up for the most wonderful and supportive conversations. What I know for sure from my time spent talking with my godfather is that he truly loved his family and the way he described his grandchildren to me with such colorful passion I felt that I knew them without even meeting them. Auntie Lily – you were Uncle George’s angel and he told me how much he loved you and what a wonderful caregiver he had in you. Now let him be your angel – watching over you and your family. May God give you the comfort and peace needed at this time. Our heartfelt sympathy and love, Kimberley, Peter, Michal Lemeza – God bless.
Lilly, Curtis, Stephan, Monica, and family
So sorry to hear of George’s passing. Have many great memories of the times spent with him. Thoughts and prayers for you all.
On behalf of Mike Lai and the entire APX Home office team, we would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the entire family, for your loss. Please accept our warmest condolences; we are sending thoughts of peace and strength your way. Please know that we are here for you should you need anything at all.
Lily and family,
Our most heartfelt condolences!
We are deeply saddened by the passing of George. He was such a great man. We pray that God will grant you and your family the strength and may the love and care of those around you provide comfort and peace.
Lilly and Family.
Our deepest sympathies for your loss. 68 years is much too young to leave this world. Our prayers for strength are with you.
Our condolences to Lilian and family.
I miss talking to George about school days, band and guitars. He was a nice man who could brighten up your day
Sorry I missed the service found out Sunday.
George and I had many GREAT times togeather. Condolences to you all.
Bob Owens and Nancy
My sincere condolences to the family and everyone missing him. I am truly sad to hear of George’s passing! I am blessed as are many to have known George. His hard work, humor and love he shared with others inspires me still. Thank for you George! My mom came across the obituary and let me know. She sends her condolences as well. Take care.
George’s positive attitude will be missed. So sad to hear of his passing.
Hello lily,we just found out about George,s passing . Can you please call me at 780-444-3855.
Rick and Eleanor Gobin (Brandon’s parents). Looking forward to hearing from you.
Love, Rick and Eleanor Gobin
Dear Lily and Family,
We send our Sincerest Condolences in the sadness and passing of George, as we just found out. We are so very sorry for your loss. We will always remember our teen years, band practices, and many more good memories of George.
Rest In Sweet Peaceful Heaven Dear George.
Brian, Marilyn, Kevin Ashman
How sad….one of the nicest man I’ve ever known. Keep smiling George keep smiling 🙂