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George Skidmore Jr.
May 27, 1949 ~ August 27, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old
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George Donald Skidmore passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, at the Villa Minto Long-term Care facility in Cochrane at the age of 74 years young.
He leaves behind the love of his life, Susan Skidmore (née Courville), and his beloved daughters Sheila Skidmore (Richard Duncan) and Sharon Adams (Dave Virtanen). He was a cherished grandfather (Papa Bear) to Cassandra (Marc), Greg (Breanne), Mason (Gabby), and Charlee and a best friend to his great-grand daughter Sophie Mae. He will be lovingly remembered by his siblings, Allan Skidmore (Kimberly), Constance Murray (Peter) and Victoria Skidmore as well as his cousins, Judy (Phil) and Glen (Beth). George also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and many close friends. He now joins his father and mother, George Sr. and Sheila (née Nelson), his father-in-law, Rolland Courville and his great-niece, Torry MacIntyre.
George began working for his family’s business, T.B. Skidmore Forest Products Ltd., at the age of 14 years old. As a self-taught operator and mechanic, he worked alongside his family taking on many well-known projects, including building roads and installing sewers in several First Nations communities, various contracts for the town of Cochrane, and the construction on Kennedy Road, east of Cochrane. He retired at the age of 55, after which he thoroughly enjoyed spending his days at the Courville Cottage, chauffeuring his grandchildren around, and travelling to Florida to drive his golf-cart.
Although George enjoyed his work, the pride of his life was his family. He was the most devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was like a son to his mother-in law, Rose Courville, and another brother to his wife’s twelve siblings. George loved to make people laugh, a life-longer joker, he had a nickname for everyone. He will be fondly remembered riling up his wife and grandkids, listening to ABBA while he drove his green jeep, and as a life-long lover of food.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. The family would sincerely like to thank the staff at the Villa Minto Nursing Home, who provided such kindness, compassion, and care. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Northeastern Cancer Center in Sudbury and Villa Minto Long-term Care facility in Cochrane.
Funeral Arrangement in care of
Irvine & Irvine Funeral Home