MILNE – George Milne beloved husband of Nellie Milne of Gem, passed away in Brooks on April 1st, 1998 at the age of 73 years.
Born in Calgary on October 21 st, 1924 George resided there until moving to his sister Doris MacLean’s ranch in Bassano at the age of 15. He married Nellie McBride in Calgary on January 3rd, 1944. George worked on various farms in the
Bassano area until moving to Gem and had resided there since. He worked for Jim George, Harry Herylord, Roy Stephenson and later Waiter Peake.before purchasing his own farm in 1950. George farmed and ranched and had also worked in the
oil patch for many years. He worked as a Contract Operator first with Mobile Oil and later PanCanadian, Bonanza Oil and Gas and Pethelen Resources. In earlier years he had also hauled oil for Paulson Transport from the north Gem area to
Gem to be loaded into CPR tank cars until they removed the railroad line. George then made the trip to Calgary which he repeated many times. George will be best remembered for his love for his family and for the pride he took in his Red Angus
He was predeceased by his parents William and Nellie, sister Peggy and brother Bill.
Besides his wife Nellie, George is also survived by his loving children daughters Marian Pickett and her husband Lawrence of Dawson Creek, B.C.; Donna Douglass of Acme and Peggy Price and her husband Ray of Acme, sons Joe and his
wife Linda and Lea and his wife Kathy all of Gem; 18 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters Sea Oberholtzer, Doris MacLean and Vi Alien and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 6th from Knox Presbyterian Church, Bassano. Rev. Fiona Wilkinson and Rev. Jake Doerksen officiated. Honorary pallbearers were Ken Paulsen, Harry Peake, Frank Andrus, Shorty
MacLean and Tart Wallace. Active pallbearers were grandsons Cody and Blaine Milne, Lyle, Darcy, Chad and Todd Pickett.
Interment followed at Bassano Cemetery. If friends desire memorial tributes may be made to Canadian Cancer Society, Brooks and District Office, Box 506, Brooks, T1R 1B5. Arrangements in care of Smith Funeral Home. Telephone 362-4636.