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"LUF" 2007 Obituary


LUFF o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-12-24 published
RAYNER, George Joseph Cameron
Peacefully in Brantford, Ontario, on Friday, December 21, 2007, George RAYNER, a cherished husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and proud Canadian, died in his 88th year. Beloved husband of Phyllis (née GALLAGHER) for 56 years; wonderful father of Shelagh (Bruce PETERSON), Mississauga; Moira (Les WHITE/WHYTE), Ottawa; Barbara, Strathroy; and George (Lori LUFF), Mississauga. Devoted Papa of Susan, Kathryn, and Brian PETERSON; Emily, Elizabeth, Fraser, Anna, and Mary WHITE/WHYTE; and Abigail, Joshua, Zachary, and Jessica RAYNER. Dear brother of Mary HADDON; predeceased by Father Frank RAYNER, OMI, Angus RAYNER, and Patricia POCOCK. Survived by Michael HADDON, Joseph POCOCK, Richard and Mary GALLAGHER, Louis and Vivian GALLAGHER, cousin Frederick FLAHIFF and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Born June 3, 1920, in Victoria, British Columbia, to George Jabez RAYNER and Margaret Irene GILLESPIE, George was a wireless operator for the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1939 to 1947, serving overseas for five years in World War 2. He later met Phyllis in Toronto where they settled before moving to Brantford in 1968. George represented eight counties for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, helped set up the Egg Board, and worked at the Brantford Y. He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus and a volunteer on the Library Board, at St. Vincent de Paul Society, and with the Canadian Mental Health Association. In retirement he learned to cook, play the trumpet, and curl. He loved his family, Friends, curling, a good joke, bridge, and travel. He was a wonderful, gentle man of faith who will be greatly missed. Visitation at McCleister Funeral Home, 495 Park Road North, Brantford, Wednesday, December 26, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass at St. Basil's Church, Brantford, Thursday, December 27 at 11 a.m. Interment Saint_Joseph's Cemetery, Brantford. If desired, the family would appreciate memorial donations to the Saint_Joseph's Lifecare Foundation or the Canadian Mental Health Association. McCleister (519) 758-1553

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