Obituaries & Tributes
1965 - 2021
KIRTON, George Edward
It is with profound sadness that we, the family of George Edward Kirton, announce his passing on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at the Misericordia Hospital, Edmonton, AB. As per Georges wishes, cremation has already taken place during a private gathering at Pointe West Cremation & Funeral Service Ltd. in Edmonton.
Born on May 25, 1965 in Sydney, George was the first born and only son of Cindy (Doublette/Maxwell) Cambridge who raised George and his sister, Melinda on her own as a single parent. George’s birth father was the late Eleazor Edward Kirton. George shared a father/son relationship with his stepfather, the late Joseph Prince Cambridge. George is lovingly remembered by his mother, Cindy; wife, soulmate and best friend, Faye Mitchell and her whole family who joyfully embraced him. His relationship with her adult children and grandchildren was one shared with laughter and mutual love. George also leaves behind from previous marriages, three children, Richard, who resides in Nova Scotia; Amanda and Ryan, both of Ontario, and his two granddaughters, Amelia and Elizabeth, also of Ontario. Also left to mourn are his sister, Melinda of Sydney; niece, Tanisha of Edmonton; nephew, Chris of Ottawa and Suzie Q, also of Edmonton, all with whom he shared a special bond. George is also survived by his extended family, sisters, Charlotte and Crystal, both of Alberta; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; as well as several stepsiblings and godfather, Whitfield Best Sr. of Sydney.
Besides his father and stepfather, George was preceded by his grandparents, Annabell (Gero) and Harold Kirton of Sydney; Margaret (Maxwell) and George Morrison of Whycocomagh; as well as several aunts, uncles and cousins.
George was a graduate of Sydney Academy, in Nova Scotia and worked several part-time jobs in and around Sydney before joining the Militia in 1982 where he worked as a military police officer, which ultimately led him to join the Canadian Armed Forces in 1984. George completed basic training in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, and never looked back. This would be the beginning of a commendable 21-year military career as a Heavy Equipment Operator and Airborne Engineer with the 2nd Canadian Engineer Regiment. George saw several postings but was mostly attached to CFB Petawawa, Ontario. George served his country proudly and saw several deployments including Alert, Kuwait and Bosnia. Some of his proudest moments in his career were accomplishments achieved while in the military, particularly his commendation awarded by the Chief of Defense Staff following his tour in Bosnia. George achieved the rank of Sergeant before his medical release in 2003 (http://weblink.donorperfect.com/SgtKirton).
Upon release, George studied Business at the University of New Brunswick, and received certification in Landscape Design from the Community College in Woodstock, New Brunswick. Following certification, he established and operated his own landscaping company, Final Touch Landscaping & Design. George later went on to achieve his journeyman certification in the occupation of mobile crane operator-hydraulics and secured employment with Voice Construction Limited, North American Construction and later began his civilian career with the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 955, where he worked passionately as an instructor in the areas of Heavy Equipment and Crane Operations. George achieved his Master Instructor, Level 1 certification from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. A member of the St. Philip’s African Orthodox Church, in Sydney where he was ordained in 2009.
George was extremely passionate about the game of golf and was proud to put his experience in landscape and design to work in the development of the beautiful Lakes at Ben Eoin. George also enjoyed watching hockey and football and would often show his support to his local Edmonton teams but his adoration for Tom Brady and his New England Patriots was hard to watch to say the least. George had such a comedic personality and loved to make people laugh, so it was only fitting that in retirement he would enroll in comedy workshops and even debut in a comedy club open mike, naturally leaving everyone in stitches. George had such an infectious smile that touched so many, he will always be remembered as a positive, loving and selfless person.
In lieu of flowers, George asked that his family and friends donate in his memory to the National Scholarship Program through Support Our Troops Organization.
Visitation and memorial service to celebrate the life of George Kirton will be held at Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church St.) Whitney Pier on Saturday, April 10, 2021. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. with the memorial service to follow at 3 p.m. in the All Faith Chapel with Reverend Mother Phyllis Marsh officiating. Interment will take place in All Faith Gardens, Whitney Pier. ‘Covid Protocols’ will be practiced at the service.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
Online condolences can be forwarded to the family at www.pierfuneralhome.com.