George Frederick MCKIMM

MCKIMM, George Frederick


Passed away with his loving family at his side July 18, 2007, after a long struggle with pulmonary fibrosis. Beloved husband to Lil, father to George Jr., Anita, Bruce and Mayland, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle – words do not describe how much we will miss him. George was born in Smiths Falls, Ontario, April 29th, 1926. We know he will be dearly missed by his brother, Warden and sister, Sheila now living in Ottawa. On completion of his military service in 1945, he attended the University of Toronto and obtained his Bachelor of Commerce in 1948 after which he married his loving wife of 60 years, Lillian Mayland, then moved with her to Calgary, Alberta. In 1957, George studied law at the University of Alberta graduating with an LLB in 1960. Following articles he set up in private practice in Calgary forming Watkins & McKimm all the while creating great memories with his family and friends in the mountains around Banff, camping, climbing, hiking and skiing. He and Lil moved to Sidney, B.C. in 1971 to pursue George’s life-long passion for sailing. In 1972, he opened his own law firm in Sidney (now known as McKimm & Lott) and enjoyed 20 years deeply entrenched in a career in which he so truly believed. He will also be sadly missed by all of his long standing staff from the Irish Linen Store in Calgary, the Emerald Isle Motel and Smitty’s in Sidney, and the Inn On Long Lake in Nanaimo – he was always grateful for their loyalty and dedication – it did not go unnoticed. Among George’s many and varied volunteer endeavours throughout his life, he rose to the rank of Regional Commander in the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron. His family sailing adventures took him from the coastal waters of British Columbia to Alaska, the coast of Maine to the Bay of Fundy, the Baltic Sea and the Greek Islands.


The family would personally like to thank the caring and attentive staff at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital and the Royal Jubilee with special thanks to Dr. Cadger, Dr. Tetley, Marita, Clara and Rachel.


We ask that condolences be through a private moment of reflection on George’s life and what he meant to all of us or at gfmckimm@shaw.ca


A celebration of a life well lived will be held at Theo’s Place 9819 5th Street, Sidney, B.C. on Saturday, July 28th, 2007 from 1-4 PM with brief reminiscences at 2:30 PM.