George Hurford
George Hurford

Obituary of George Harold Hurford

HURFORD, George Harold - passed away peacefully January 11th, 2020 in his 102nd year, at the Hospice Prince Edward in Picton, Ontario. George was predeceased by his wife of 76 years, Evelyn, and is survived by his children Ross, William, and Carol (Turner), 10 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Steele Funeral Home, Moira Street Chapel, Belleville, Ontario, (613-968-2273/1-877-256-3688). Interment and celebration of life reception to be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hospice Prince Edward Foundation would be gratefully appreciated. Online condolences and donations, www.steelefuneralhome.ca or www.hospiceprinceedward.ca George was born in Brisbane, Australia and immigrated to Canada with his parents at the age of twelve. After living in Barkerville, in the Cariboo country of British Columbia for some time, they moved to Ontario. In 1937 at the age of 19, he met Evelyn, age 15, and she became the love of his life. They were married in 1942. Having both experienced the great depression, George continued his frugal ways, and along with his self-taught abilities, and he was able to provide a home and also built a very successful tourism business over the years. Woodland Echoes, the family business, became a good part of his livelihood for some 30 years. This is where many lifelong friendships were made, and the family spent every childhood summer. George was a gentleman, and always ready with a humorous come back in any conversation. For years he and Evelyn also enjoyed the social gatherings of square dance couples that remained friends until late in life. Retiring in his early sixties, George continued using his building skills by renovating a heritage home in Brighton, Ontario where they spent many years admiring the panoramic views of Lake Ontario from high on the escarpment. The last 25 years were spent in Belleville, tending to their modest home with George always on the lookout for bargains in the local food markets. Amazingly, George was still driving at the age of 100 when he reluctantly gave up his vehicle. With William always at their side, George and Evelyn were able to remain in their own home until very late in life. It was not until late 2017 that illness began to show that age had taken its toll on them both and necessity made a move to a retirement home imperative. After Evelyn became gravely ill and passed away in December 2018, George lost all will to live. He often said he had a good life and had no regrets. George desperately missed Evelyn over the next 13 months, and just wanted to be with her. After a short bout of pneumonia, he got his wish on January 11th, 2020, in his 102nd year, and we pray that Evelyn was there waiting for him with open arms. A memorial bench has been placed on the waterfront pathway in Belleville, where George and Evelyn spent many leisure hours strolling along together. They will be scattered together in the common gardens on the shoreline of Lake Ontario in the Belleville Cemetery, a special place where George’s mother, Clarice is at rest also. Remembered with love. Carol, William, Ross and extended families
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