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.