Vandermeulen, George

Vandermeulen: It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of George Vandermeulen on 05 Aug 2021 in Souris, MB. He was the second of seven children born to Germain and Zulma in Boissevain, MB on 30 Sep 1929. George was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle & friend.

George was predeceased by his parents; his brothers – Edward & Maurice; his sister – Harriet Powers; his brother-in-law – Howard McBurney; son – Randy; and son-in-law – Gerry Hollett.

He is survived by his loving wife, Gerry, of 67 years; his son Larry; his daughters Jan Hollett and Sandi Granstrom; his grandchildren – Bree (Nick) Parisien, Brittany, Brooke (Andrew Wright), Brigette, Logan and Dillon; his great grandchildren – Kyle, Caleb, Craig; his brother Arthur; his sisters Cecile Duncan & Mary Sheppard; his sisters-in-law Ruth Vandermeulen, Madeline (Haven) Brugger, Myrna Vandermeulen, Gloria McBurney and numerous nieces & nephews.

George worked for the CPR as both fireman and engineer – dating all the way back to the steam locomotives! When work was slow on the railroad, he worked for Dodd’s Plumbing & Heating, Tanguay’s Hardware and Mutual Life Insurance of Canada as well as helping farmer friends.

In his younger years, George enjoyed playing baseball, fastball, curling & hunting. He was always up for cards & games with friends and family. He took great pride in finding ways to fix almost anything around the house & yard with the greatest of ingenuity.

George enjoyed 30+ years of retirement and very much enjoyed watching all sports on television and continuing his “fix-it” tendencies. He took pride in tending his apple trees and loved to have coffee beneath them on the patio with friends & family.

There was a Memorial Reception at St Paul’s United Church in Souris, MB on Thursday, 12 August 2021 . A private interment will take place in Boissevain Cemetery.

Our family would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Doctors Sequiera, Cram & Beaupre and the Souris hospital nurses & staff who were so incredibly caring & compassionate during his time in their care.

In memory of George, you may wish to donate to Souris Hospital Palliative Care c/o Prairie Mountain Health, Box 10, Souris, MB R0K 2C0 or a charity of your choice.

19 thoughts on “Vandermeulen, George”

  1. Sincere Condolences Gerry and family. George sold our sons their first Life Insurance Policy. Mickey & Teenie Carlisle

  2. Dear Gerry, Larry, Jan, Sandi and families….our sincerest condolences. We were sadden to hear of George’s passing. Thinking of you all at this difficult time, may your years of memories be a comfort to you all.
    Kathie Bones and Lois Mayor

  3. My most heartfelt sympathy Gerry, Larry, Jan, and Sandi in your loss of your beloved husband and father. May your memories keep him forever near.

  4. Our sincere condolences to you Gerry & your Family at this difficult time.
    Robert & Marilyn Pearce

  5. Gerry – Our condolences to you and the rest of the family. Our thoughts are with you during this time.

  6. We are so sorry to hear about your loss. Many times when I got called to work, once I found out I was working with George, it made my day. He was a great guy to work with. The world needs more people like George. Treasure all the memories. Our condolences.
    Wes and Kerry Dane

  7. Gerry and Family
    My thoughts are with you at this sad time. Sorry for your loss.

  8. Please accept our deepest condolences on your families loss. George will be greatly missed.
    Chris & Lori Couling

  9. My sincere condolences to Gerry, Larry, Janice and Sandi .
    I have wonderful memories of the Vandermeulen family,
    especially George grumbling about us kids waking him up or disturbing his TV time. Playing hide n’ seek in the yard and George telling the keeper if they were cold or hot to finding the hidden. Don’t touch his peanut brittle – HaHa. His humour, teasing and grumbles made George that indestructible fella us kids across the creek grew up with.
    R.I.P. George
    Hold your memories close to your heart and may they never be too far apart.
    Hugs & Love
    Denise Smith-Bosc

  10. Our thoughts are with your family during this very difficult time. Lauren & Al and family

  11. Condolences Gerry an Family
    The arrival of George showing up at the shop was always the best … about the curling shot that was missed the night before, and what should have been done. Things I learned from him, he was straight forward and got to the point. Some days he would stay for after five education, and bring the peanut brittle. the BEST of memories.

  12. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Please accept our condolences.
    Norm and Darlene Bourgeois

  13. It is sad to have lost your husband of so many years. Take Care of yourself. I have prayed for you. Someday we will have to get together. Time is flying by.

  14. George was such a fun guy, he loved you Gerry and all his wonderful kids and grandchildren. Many, okay many years ago George tried his best to help me learn to drive his car a standard, we used the back road and the fields. He must be patient he never yelled once only would say, I hope you see that fence post kid!! And yes I did usually see it in time, but his reminder helped. Thanks George.
    Gerry I am here for you always. Hugs and Love
    Mary Ann Carlisle

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