ARISS, DOCTOR LAVERN HENRY “GEORGE” D.C. – Passed away peacefully on February 7, 2014, at St. Joseph’s at Fleming at the age of 88. He is survived by his children Karin Ariss, Stephen Ariss (Shelley Sanderson) and Chris Ariss, his grandchildren Jacob Ariss and Cedric Ariss, and is predeceased by his wife Eleanor (nee Pether), his first child, Dianne, who died in her infancy, and his sister Shirlie Ariss. George was born in Cobourg, Ontario, on September 19, 1925. Sometime after the death of his mother, Emma (nee Koenig), he moved with his family to Peterborough where he attended high school at PCVS. He joined the Royal Canadian Armed Forces in 1944, in opposition to his father’s strong pacifist feelings, and was stationed in Europe until his discharge in 1946. He then chose to follow his father’s career by enrolling at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College from which he graduated in 1952. He married Eleanor Mae Pether in 1951 and they had four children born between 1951 and 1958. George maintained his chiropractic practice until well into his seventies, but also pursued many other interests. He was a long term member of the Peterborough Lion’s Club and the Peterborough Flying Club where he gave flying instruction to many other enthusiasts. He was a skilled woodworker and fashioned boats, from rowboats to recreational speedboats, that provided a lot of pleasure for he and his friends and family. Countless people learned to water ski with George on Buckhorn Lake at the Pether Family cottage, which he helped to build. He was also an avid and accomplished snowmobiler, skater and downhill skier who understood and demonstrated the benefits of physical exercise long before it became fashionable. He had an appreciation for photography from his father, W H Daniel Ariss, who had been a professional photographer for a period, and so George has left a legacy of images that span almost the whole course of his life. George was also an early advocate for services for intellectually challenged children. Following retirement, George spent his final years at Rubidge Retirement Residence and then Saint Joseph’s at Fleming, where he cultivated his quirky sense of humour. George’s family is grateful for the excellent care and compassion he was given at both of his homes. George will always be remembered for his loyalty and perseverance, his do-it-yourself spirit, independence and great sense of adventure. A celebration of George’s life will be held at a later date, and will be announced.
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