August 23, 1932 – February 19, 2013

George passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.  Throughout each and every one of his 80 years it was evident that George loved his life, family and friends.  George was born on the family farm and lived there all his life.  A true man of the earth, he had a passionate love for farming and horses.  As a young man he worked for Aldershot Equipment as a hoisting engineer where he built many special relationships that lasted all of his years.  With a winning smile and knowing twinkle in his eye, George always proved to be a tower of strength to his family.  He displayed compassion, support and goodwill to friends, neighbours and acquaintances.  George was happiest in the saddle or in the seat of a tractor.  He was known to many as a great horseman and was always very humble regarding his accomplishments.  He was a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association, a founding member of the quarter horse industry in Ontario, a Hall of Fame inductee with the Ontario Quarter Horse Association and a breeder and exporter of quality quarter horses.  George received many acknowledgements over the years including a police commendation and a humanitarian award.  But of all his accomplishments, the one he was most proud of was his family.  He was a much loved husband, adored father, cherished grandfather, beloved brother, admired uncle and steadfast friend.  George is survived by his devoted wife of 62 years Barbara; his children Debbie (Brian Rapson), John (Kim Boyle), and Robert (Tiina Suit); his grandchildren Tyler (deceased) (Trisha Rapson), Ashley, Erik, Kara-Lis, Kaylee & Madison; his great-grandchildren Wyatt & Walker.  He will also be terribly missed by his two sisters June & Anna, his many nieces and nephews, cousins and dear friends.  A special thanks to the staff of the Milton District Hospital for their caring and compassion.  As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Bethel Memorial Chapel and Cemetery would be appreciated.  c/o Betty Essig Village Gates 25 Hamilton St. S. Unit 2, Waterdown, Ontario L0R 2H4.   As was his desire, a private interment of George’s ashes will take place and there will be a celebration of his life in the spring when his beloved farm is green and in bloom.  Please sign the Book of Condolences at

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