It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of George early Saturday morning, March 16, at his home in Niagara-on-the-Lake. He will be sorely missed by family and friends. George is survived by his wife, Etta, his 2 children, Jacqueline and Brian, his sister, Leslie Salter and brother, Jack Mitchell both in Ireland.
George was born and raised in Corofin, Republic of Ireland, as one of 5 siblings. True to his Irish roots, he held a strong belief in family, community spirit, sports and camaraderie throughout his life.
George graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland with his B. A. and his B. A. I (engineering degree). During his time in Dublin, he played for the Wanderers’ Rugby Club and met his wife Etta. Their 60-year adventure started in 1953 as they headed off to work in Kenya, where they were later married.
After a few years in Kenya, George and Etta made their way to Niagara Falls, and it became home base as he began working with H. G. Acres, a consulting engineering firm. While working hard to put down roots in a new country, many new friends were made and his 2 children, Jacqueline and Brian were born. George travelled the world during his career with Acres International working on hydroelectric projects in Churchill Falls, Kenya, South America, Ghana, Nepal and the Sir Adam Beck power tunnel refurbishment. He had garnered world respect in the field of hydroelectricity. He always felt that he had chosen the perfect career.
In his retirement, George sang with the Evergreen Singers and participated in church activities at St. Saviour’s Anglican Church in the village of Queenston, played golf, bridge and curled. George reveled in stimulating conversation and his hearty laugh resonated throughout the room.
You have left us with the gift of living a purposeful and productive life and to have joy in everyday events.
Visitation will be at Morgan Funeral Home, 415 Regent St., Niagara-on-the-Lake, Friday from 4-6 p.m. The Funeral service will be held at The St. Saviour’s Anglican Church in the village of Queenston, 12 Princess St., on Saturday, March 23 at 11 a.m.