Wednesday, March 31, 2010

OBITUARY - EX-REGINA PAT - GEORGE MERVYN KNIPELBERG - (PLAYER - 1959-63)


KNIPELBERG, George - On August 8, 2007 George Mervyn Knipelberg passed away peacefully in the Palliative Care Ward (Pasqua Hospital) at the age of 66 years after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Predeceased by his parents, George and Kathleen; two infant siblings, Leonard and Joan; sister, Gloria (Earl) Muir.

George is survived by his children, Gord, Wendy (Darann) Sauer and their son Jacob, Ken (Kuniko); the mother of his children, Judy; special companion, Nancy Crossman; her daughter Samantha English (Terry Gillies) and daughter Allyson English; his brother Ken (Marie); as well as nieces and nephews. George was born in Weyburn, SK and graduated from Weyburn Collegiate Institute in 1959. He was a highly skilled hockey player who served as captain of the Regina Pats in 1961 and went on to play semi-pro hockey in the US in the early 60's. He joined Carling O'Keefe breweries (now Molsons) in 1964 where he held various positions including Provincial Sales Manager until retiring in 1991. During his tenure at Carling's, he attained his RIA designation graduating at the top of his class. In George's spare time, he enjoyed travel, spending time at the family cottage, and affiliations with clubs such as the Shriners and Masons. Through these activities, he made many wonderful friends for which he was extremely grateful for. Throughout George's long battle with cancer, he always made an effort to see things in a positive light and focused his attention on others. He was a truly remarkable person who will be missed by all those whose lives he touched. A very special thank you to all of the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Pasqua and Regina General hospitals for making the tough days a little easier to bear through your warm care and friendship.