It is with loving memories and heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of George Arthur Burton at Salem Manor in Leduc, Alberta at the age of 83 years.
George was born November 7, 1932 in Swan River, Manitoba, the oldest boy in a family of 9, to Elmo and Helen Burton. At age 18, he worked in the mines in Flin Flon, Manitoba. He married Pat Christianson on June 23, 1956 and they had three children. In 1963, they moved to Thompson, Manitoba where he owned and operated Plaza Esso with his brother, Clarence. In 1968, they moved to Rocky Mountain House, Alberta and purchased the Voyageur Motel, Rainbow Ford and Rocky Bowling Lanes. In the mid 1970’s, he gradually sold the businesses and obtained his real estate license. In 1982, they purchased Leduc Lanes which mom and dad owned and operated until 2005 when they retired.
He will be forever missed by his two daughters, Sandra Cockburn, and Barb (Marcus) Youngren and daughter-in-law, Donna Burton; eight grandchildren, Chelsey (Craig), Britt (Pierre), Kylie (Elliott), Jared, Brandon, Josh, Megan and Riley; two great grandchildren, Zoey and Lennox; and special friends Betty Lynn and Len and Marie Bridger. George was also loved by his sisters, Phoebie, Mary (John), and Pearl (Andy), and brothers, Fred, and Garnet (Shirley). Predeceased by his loving wife, Pat, son, Richard, parents, Elmo and Helen Burton, sister, Stella, and brothers, Clarence and Charlie.
A Memorial Service will be held Monday, April 11, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at St. David’s United Church, 4614 – 48 Street, Leduc, AB.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, #710, 10123 – 99 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 3H1.
The family wishes to extend sincere thanks to the staff and volunteers at Salem Manor for the compassionate care they provided to our father over the last 18 months.