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Gerhard "George" Rempel

Jan 3, 1932 - Mar 18, 2021

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Saturday, March 27, 2021
A graveside service will be held at the Raven Cemetery, George was loved by many, however, due to due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be no indoor service and the graveside service will be limited to family members.

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We ask those who wish to honor him, to take a picture of themselves having a coffee or eating ice cream in his memory, in lieu of flowers, please email your “George story” and photo to: flfserv@hotmail.com and they will be forwarded to the family.We thank you and look forward to sharing and preserving the precious memories held of our dad.

Obituary

Rempel, George

1932-2021

Gerhard “George” Rempel passed away, March 18, 2021 at the age of 89, with his daughter, son and wife by his side.

“George of the Jungle”

George was born January 3, 1932 in the Mennonite settlement near Witmarsum, Brazil and came to Canada when he was 17. George loved to delight his listeners with stories of growing up in the jungle. He was a masterful storyteller and was never short on detail, gestures, sound effects, (and the occasional embellishment) to tell the perfect tale! His sense of humor and love for life was something everyone looked forward to in their encounters with him.

George was a champion: fisherman, horseshoe player, curler, golfer, and bowler and had the trophies to back it up. He also enjoyed hiking, playing softball, hockey, soccer with the kids, snowmobiling, a good bonfire / hot dog / marshmallow roast and bingo.

George loved the outdoors and instilled a profound love, curiosity, and reverence for nature in his children. After a very long day of working, he would always make time to stargaze and share his knowledge of the constellations.

George was a natural performer and was eager to seize any opportunity to play his guitar, harmonica, and Swuitzer Harp for others. He also dabbled in mandolin and the steel guitar. Many in the area will remember his band playing for their Wedding Dance.

Generous to a fault, he loved to make people smile and never hesitated to give all he could just to ease the want in someone else.

Having grown up in the Mennonite jungle settlement, he learned to be very skilled and resourceful. George was an incredibly hard-working man and could build anything he set his mind to. Sitting in the back of a grade one classroom (at the age of 17) by re-reading English comic books that he had previously memorized in Portuguese, George learned to speak English.

Being a man of practicality, he delighted in pointing out the ridiculousness of the English language, especially the frivolous silent letters. Some of his laments, “stuck” though, as many family members continue to jokingly pronounce, “knife”, as: “ka-nee-fay”.

Though humble, in so many ways, he was proud of having earned all of his plumbing, heating, gas-fitting, and electrical tickets.

Most of all, George loved his family.

Though he could crush nuts with his bare hands and beat up Superman, George couldn’t beat dementia. He fought hard to his last breath. No one was tougher and yet gentler than George Rempel.

George is survived by: Wife of 60 years- Goldie Rempel (Heare), Two children-Raymond Rempel (Bryanne), of Calgary and Tamara Carpenter (Brett) of Rocky Mountain House, seven Grandchildren- Kiefer, Quest, Pharaoh, Phoenix, Ivy-Ocean, Wyler and Eden, brothers-John (Beryl) and Wilson (Devon), brothers- in- law Pino and Robert and so many other friends and family in both Canada and Brazil who adored him.

George is pre-deceased by his parents - Helena and Jacob Rempel, sisters: Helena, Irene, and Trudy; brother Jacob.

A graveside service will be held at the Raven Cemetery, George was loved by many, however, due to due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be no indoor service and the graveside service will be limited to family members.

We ask those who wish to honor him, to take a picture of themselves having a coffee or eating ice cream in his memory, in lieu of flowers, please email your “George story” and photo to: flfserv@hotmail.com and they will be forwarded to the family.

We thank you and look forward to sharing and preserving the precious memories held of our dad.

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements, 403 845 2626

Condolences

Cy Neill:

So sorry to hear about George, Goldie, having known both of you for a very long time. I don't think I ever saw George without a smile on his face and always with a friendly greeting. His love of music was admirable and brought joy to all those who were fortunate enough to hear him. I know you and your family have many fond memories of George and hope that these will comfort you in this sad time. My thoughts are with all of you.

Susan Crago:

Although I never met your Dad, he sounds like a wonderful man who made many beautiful memories with his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love to all of you.

Ruth Peterson:

Dear Goldie, Raymond, Tamara and families, my condolences to you in the loss of George. Marvin and I shared many years of knowing him, through working at Westview Plumbing and with playing along with Marvin in the band. I remember the many times that we shared Georges' birthday with our son Warren as they shared the same date, Jan 3. Our community will miss him. God's Blessings upon all your families during this time.

Rex King:

I remember George's love and skill at music. The last time I spoke to him he had just retuned from a service call to one of the Indian reserves...where he had been called out due to no heat in a dwelling. The furnace filter was so badly plugged off that there was no air able to go through the heat exchanger. Instead of replacing the filter he simply told the woman to leave it out entirely as there wasn't much point in having a filter if no one was going to change it anyway!
He shook his head at the deplorable state of the reserves and how they treated their homes. I'm sure he had many such tales from attending those reserves over the years. He was a character for sure and I always enjoyed conversations with him. RIP George!

Carla Peterson:

Dear Goldie, Raymond, Tamara & families,

I was so sorry to hear of George's suffering from dementia. I saw him briefly in the waiting room of the hospital on one of Dad's trips to the hospital in 2019. He was always such a kind and generous soul. Multi-talented yet no job was too small. His heart was gold and his laugh was heartfelt. I can still hear it in my mind's memory vault. I hope the memories you all share will give you some relief during this difficult time. Know that his community was proud to know him. You are in our thoughts xx

Pat (Kay) Ironside:

I am so sorry for your loss Goldie and family. I remember many conversations with George.
I also remember him play in music with Richard Russel. Remember that he will be watching
and guiding you from heaven.

George and Heather Loomer:

We are very sorry to hear of your loss. George was certainly a very skilled fellow in so many fields.

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