With great sadness, we announce the death of our much loved father, George Lakeman, in his 93rd year. Born into a family of eight children in Edmonton, Alberta, George enlisted as a young man in the RCAF during the Second World War. He trained wireless air gunners in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan.
After the war, he went into the construction business with his father and brothers, and built houses and
apartment buildings in Edmonton. During this time, he met his future wife Molly Bracewell, a lively and lovely English girl, at the Rainbow Ballroom in Edmonton. It was the beginning of a beautiful relationship that led to a very happy marriage in 1951.
He soon trained as a draftsman, and went on to a
career in Alberta’s Public Works department and eventually as a building inspector for the Treasury Branch.
He retired in 1981, and he and Molly moved out to Sidney, B.C., where he fulfilled the prairie boy’s dream of owning a sail boat, sailing the west coast, and golfing year-round. He was a damn fine golfer.
George loved the company of women, and after his loving wife Molly died in 1992, he grieved deeply and then married a second time, to Olivia Moffat, who
predeceased him in 1995. He was also predeceased by his brothers Jack, Joe, Billy, Herb and Bob, and his two sisters Dorothy and Eileen. He will be greatly missed by his son Geoff Lakeman (Heather Pringle), daughter Elaine Lakeman (Rick McNeill), brother Roy Lakeman (Joyce Lakeman), good friend Lynn Eriksen Urquhart, many nephews and nieces and great nephews and great nieces, and all his friends at Glen Meadows Golf Course.
A service and reception will be held at St. Elizabeth Church, 10030 Third St, Sidney, BC at 3:00 p.m., Friday, May 8, 2015. For those who wish to make memorial
donations, cheques may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada or to the charity of one’s choice. The family would like to give their heartfelt thanks to Preet Dhanota and all the staff at The Lodge at Broadmead, and especially to Vilma Sevilleja, who took such excellent care of George in his final years and
became a much loved member of our family.