Passed away peacefully at VGH on May 31, 2019 with his family by his side. Survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Sharon; son, Stephen (Akiko); daughter, Michelle (Giovanni) and his grandkids, Selina, Gabriel and Ronaldo; his brother, Claude (Brenda) and many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his father, Maurice Duruisseau; mom, Rose and step-dad, Ray Norfolk; parents-in-law, Tom and Irene Mitchell; sister, Maureen Stewart; son-in-law, Daniel Carreiro.

He had an amazing adventure in life, loving everyone with all his heart. “Rest In Peace fishing in the big pond with Tom”.

No funeral by request.

A big thank you to Dr. Woodburn and the staff at VGH.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens

  • Gillian Hackett

    Dear Sharon, Stephen and Michelle,
    I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. I have so many memories of him – as both a teacher and a good friend to my mom and dad. He was full of life, and loved to share his stories, especially about being in the Navy.
    Sharon, you’ve been such a devoted wife and caregiver. George couldn’t have asked for a better person to be there for him as his health declined. You are all in our thoughts.

  • Irene Parkes

    So sorry to read of your loss.
    I remember you Sharon, so well from work at the BC Government.
    Please take care.
    Irene Parkes, Langley,BC.

  • Jean ofner

    Dear Sharon, my.deepest condolences to you and your family. I know what a wonderful life you had together and how much he will be missed. I still remember meeting George back in the 1980’s when I was having lunch with some of the girls from work and we ran into you two at the Sim Mile Pub. You joined us for a drink and I fondly remember the colourful description George gave us of the first time he had dinner with your parents. Thinking of you with a great deal of empathy.

  • Carole poy

    Condolences to you and your family Michele. So sorry to hear of your loss.
    For many years I taught with George at Braefoot. He was a much respected and well loved teacher. He was concerned about the students and did many things to support them. I remember one snowstorm we had that left the roads impossible to get to school. I walked to school not knowing that it had been canceled and was standing locked out on the doorstep wondering what I would do to get back home when I saw a car slowly making the way through the snow covered road. It was George coming to just check to make sure that no students had turned up and would be stuck there. We waited for a while to make sure no students turned up. And thenhe offered to drive me home which I gladly excepted.
    George will be missed.
    Sincerely Carole Poy

  • Suzanne McDowell

    I remember Mr. D with such fond memories from elementary school.Condolences to you and your family Michelle. So sorry for your loss.

  • Miles Stratholt

    My deepest sympathy. I knew George for many years and will miss him.

  • Lisa Spielman (McMurray)

    Sharon, Michelle and Steven
    My heart aches for you and I am so sorry for your loss! You are like an extended family with so many memories. As my brother calls him – “Sailor George”! A lifetime friend of 73 years to my dad and the reason why I may love the ocean! I send our deepest condolences and huge hugs on behalf of our family! Cherish the memories!
    With love Lisa xoxo

  • Sandy Flynn (Barry)

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Mr. D was an amazing and fun teacher at Braefoot Elementary. He always kept our undivided attention in creative ways. 🙂 Thank you for the memories. Hugs!

  • Sabina Petrusa-Muir

    Condolences on the loss of your loved one. He was an awesome teacher and I enjoyed having him as one. My thoughts and prayers are sent your way during this difficult time.

  • Deanna Miller

    So sorry to hear of your loss. I loved having him as my teacher and was lucky to see him outside of the school setting. All my best to family and friends.

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