Remembering Thomas George

In loving memory of Thomas Alfred George 

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the death of Thomas George, beloved husband, father and grandfather, on October 1, 2023 in Mississauga, Ontario. He will be greatly missed by Lee Anne, his wife of 62 years, his sons Randy, Jeffrey and Noel, his daughter-in-law Tamara, and his grandson Lukas. 

Tom spent most of his career as a proud member of the Canadian military. He enlisted at 16 as an apprentice soldier with the Loyal Edmonton Regiment, and upon graduating as a junior officer, transferred to the Signal Corps. His many postings included a year working with NORAD in Colorado, and four years at CFB Lahr in Germany, where he led the launch of Germany’s first Canadian television station. 

While in Europe, one of his proudest moments was serving as an escort to HRH Anne, Princess Royal and Colonel-in-Chief of the Communications and Electronics Branch of the Canadian Armed Forces on the branch’s 75th anniversary in 1978. Tom retired at the rank of Major and finished his career as a consultant to the military and finally as an instructor at the Emergency Preparedness College in Arnprior. 

Tom and Lee lived in Europe, the US and all over Canada, but no matter where they happened to be, they always made a warm, loving home for their boys – and built close, cherished friendships with the people they encountered. 

After Tom and Lee retired, they moved to Kingston, where Lee grew up – and where they first met. They lived there happily for over 20 years, first on King Street, then in their house on Briceland, and finally in their beloved apartment on Barrett Court. In Kingston, Tom worked for the Commissionaires, as an exam proctor at Queen’s, and volunteered at Kingston General Hospital. 

In 2021, after being apart from family during the pandemic, Tom and Lee moved to Mississauga to be closer to Noel, Tamara and Lukas. Sadly, not long after, Lee was hospitalized and had to enter a long-term care facility. Tom called and visited her often, and together, they listened to music, talked about the “old days,” and just sat together, holding hands. 

Tom had a big heart and loved his family with all of it. As a proud “Poppa,” he had a special place in it for his grandson Lukas, and looked forward to spending their summer week together every year. We know that despite his many professional accomplishments, his love for the people closest to him is what he will want to be remembered for most. 

Tom, we love you and miss you – and will carry you in our hearts, always. 

The memorial service and burial will be held on Friday, October 20, 2023 at 1:00 pm at James Reid Funeral Home in Kingston, with visitation at 12:00 pm preceding the service.

In lieu of flowers, Tom asked that donations be made to the Kingston Humane Society or the Military Electronics and Communications Museum. Please share your photos, stories and condolences online at www.jamesreidfuneralhome.com.

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