CORRIS, George Herman

It is with both great sadness and great joy that our family said goodbye to our beloved husband, brother, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather when he received his longed for promotion to his new home in Heaven on Saturday, May 9, 2020.  His memory will be cherished by his wife of 64 precious years, Thelma (Young) Corris; sisters Viola Piluk and Faith Wyse; daughters Mary Ann (Roy) Merritt and Muriel (Sam) McGuire; grandchildren Maeghan (Jonathan) Coles, Levi (Mayra) Lennie, Amaryllis Van Der Kaaden, Rhiannon (Greg) McPhail, Jordawna (Shawn) Gunnlaugson, and Caleb Lennie; and great-grandchildren Daemyen, Noah, Judah, Asher, Alayah, Vincent, Erika, Layla, Austin, and 2 more about to arrive.

He was predeceased by his parents Albert and Winnifred Corris and his brother Ernest Corris.

As a child, George grew up near Parry Sound ON, and on the farm near Sonningdale SK.  He spent most of his adult life as a minister in several locations in every province in Western Canada.  Although he took leave of pastoring for a number of years to successfully work and train his way up to the position of Fire Marshall at Obed Mountain Coals, ministry was his first love.  He officially returned to the ministry in his later years both as a minister and the first Fire Chaplain for the Grande Prairie Fire Department; and then continued his ministry in spite of dementia by praying for and encouraging the nurses and care workers who looked after him while he was in care.  He loved to read, study, garden, tinker at home repairs, ski, and run.  He really did not like shopping.  Because of his love of study, the Bible, and Christ, he was a very wise and gentle man who could compassionately communicate the gospel to all who heard him.  He was loved and respected by many family and friends for his wisdom, kindness, and humility.  He was always ready with a helping hand, a word of encouragement, or a cup of coffee or a meal for anyone who needed it.  Right until the end of his life, his sense of humour was subtly exquisite – he always had the right word or turn of phrase to crack up the house.

Much thanks and appreciation to the Shepherd’s Care Vanguard and Kensington Dementia and Long Term Care staff who compassionately tended to him in his final couple of years.

A small private funeral (due to COVID mandates) which will be live-streamed, will take place on May 22, at 11:30 am, at West Edmonton Christian Assembly.  Interment will follow at Fort Saskatchewan Cemetery.  A Celebration of Life will be planned for a later date.

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Kim Young

The only time i saw uncle George angry he kicked the tire on his Dodge pickup that had been causing him grief. George later apologised to me for his burst of anger.I always wanted to be my best around uncle George. He was a very good christian and honest good man.

Larry Dahl

Dear Thelma;
I am sad to think of George as gone – but celebrate that he is with Jesus. Some great memories thinking of the lovely visits we had. I was always impressed with his gentle spirit that so reflects the heart of a Godly man. May God provide you with his presence and comfort. Blessing Larry and Audrey Dahl

Wouter Broersma

Janis and I share your grief and your joy. I cherish the years I served with him on the board at Hinton PAOC, and I especially remember how he found that coffee bothered him after the third pot full!

Shirley Ewing

We are thinking of you all today. What a blessing George was. May you be blessed and encouraged today as you remember your father and husband.

Larry Tollefson

My deepest sympathy to Thelma and family! I can’t help but reminisce about all the good times we shared in Hinton. It’s great to have fond memories of George and all the things he meant to so many people. My thoughts are with you.
May God in his tender mercies carry each of you as you celebrate George’s life!

Rev Allen Downey

We join you in celebrating the life and legacy of George and in the sadness his passing brings. We acknowledge his ministry among us as a Pastor, a Chaplain and an Elder.
Thank you for a life investment in a Kingdom that cannot pass away. May God grant you, his family peace at this time.
On Behalf of the Alberta Northwest Territories Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada.

Syd Hollands and son Ron

George was a dear friend and a man of God who will be truly missed. We know that his ultimate rewards are being realized now with our Heavenly Father, and to his family who remain, “Death leaves a heartache only God can heal; love leaves a memory no one can steal.”

Ron & Maxine Ball

Sincere condolences on the passing of a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather! Rejoice , knowing he is seeing his Savior face to face. His friendship and ministry has been a blessing to us.

Al & Sharon Jacobs

Dear Thelma and Family,
We are saddened for the great loss that you are all feeling today. Yet, we are so glad for all the wonderful memories, and the legacy that this amazing man of God leaves behind.
May God’s Love and Peace be your constant companions.
With our love & Prayers always,
Al & Sharon

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