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George Alfred Sly


RCN / C.A.F.


Born: 26 Oct 1934, Gananoque, Ontario


Died: 09 May 2020, Waverley, Nova Scotia


SLY, George Alfred - Age 85 of Waverley, passed away with his daughter by his side on May 9, 2020. Born in Gananoque, Ont., he was the only son of the late James Lester Sly and Beatrice Spragg. He joined the Navy and served on the Maggie and the Bonaventure until he retired in 1979. An avid Montreal Canadiens fan and he played hockey with the Shearwater Oldtimers and Sackville Gentlemens and Oldtimers, until he was 76 when he decided the boards were not as forgiving as they use to be. He enjoyed bowling, darts and a good night of bingo (with his friends on the South Shore, Enfield and Sackville). He always enjoyed a good chat with the gang at Tim Hortons in Fall River. He loved boating and often took his boat to Gananoque when he visited every summer. He would take friends and neighbours for boat rides and waterskiing. He was an easy going, honest, generous, friendly man, and the best father a daughter could ask for. He is survived by his daughter, Jana, Waverley; sisters, Gladys Taillon of Gananoque, Ont.; and Bea Hansen (Dick) of Cleveland, Ohio. He was predeceased by his wife, M. Yvonne Sly (Frank); father, James Lester Sly (Gananoque), mother, Beatrice Alexandria Sly (Spragg) (of England); and sister, Ruth Wood (Don) (of Kingston, Ont.). He will be dearly missed by his daughter Jana, beloved nieces and nephews, close family friends Jenine Glasgow, Kelli Tysick and Donna Edmonds. Special thanks to Doctor John McNab, staff of Dartmouth General Hospital, 5-East and nurse Jessica (4th floor) who took wonderful care of him in his final hours. The staff of VON especially Jill and Susan, owner of Comfort Keepers, Paru and staff Michelle and Jenine, who looked after him as if he was their father. No words can express the gratitude for everyone who took such wonderful care of him. Cremation has taken place. With the unprecedented State of Emergency and no social gatherings allowed, there will be no memorial service. He is being looked after by Atlantic Funeral Home in Sackville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund, the local Animal Humane Society, or the local Canadian Red Cross. (Halifax Chronicle-Herald 13 May 2020)


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