In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
HEARD, George Frederick James - It is with deep sadness, that the family of George Frederick James Heard, announce his passing on March 27, 2021, in Drummond Hall Enhanced Care Parkland, Halifax, with family by his side. George was a son of George Heard and Margaret (Pat) Atkinson. He was born November 25, 1935 in Hamilton, Ont. George came to Halifax at the age of 17 to join the Royal Canadian Navy. He was a dedicated member of the Canadian Armed Forces with a 37 year long impressive and varied career. He rose through the ranks with time spent traveling the world on ships and aircraft carriers such as HMCS BONAVENTURE to HMCS PROTECTEUR. For a time, he was a career manager in Ottawa. George became Chief of the Naval Fleet School and Base Chief at Stadacona, Halifax. After an honorable career he retired from the navy as a Lieutenant. George loved sports, especially football and hockey. He was a runner in to his late 70s. He believed in living a healthy life and found it difficult to give up his running. George was an amazing gardener. He couldn't wait for the first sign of spring to get started working in his gardens which were the envy of many. He would work everyday in his beautiful gardens until the first signs of winter. He was constantly working on making each garden more beautiful than the year before. To the grandchildren and their friends, when they were growing up, the gardens were magical. George loved his family and adored his grandchildren. He was a special presence in all of their lives. He was always there for each of them and so very proud of them. George is survived by his wife and soul mate of over 62 years, Janet (Beazley), Halifax; children, Debra (Kevin Currie), Hammonds Plains; George, Joanne (Rob Cooper), Halifax; and Stephen, Mount Uniacke; grandchildren, Amanda (Sean Skaggs), San Antonio, Tex.; Megan, Halifax; Lauren, Toronto, Ont.; and Michael, Hammonds Plains; great-grandsons, Ben Skaggs and Aiden Skaggs, San Antonio; sister, Elaine Kempton, Grimsby, Ont.; and brother, Jim (Kathy), Hamilton, Ont.; and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, George was predeceased by his sister, Peggy Moffat. George loved to get out and meet up with old acquaintances and new friends. He always had a kind word and smile for everyone he met. Arrangements have been made with J. A. Snow Funeral Home. As per Dad's wishes the family will be having a private service to honour Dad with a burial in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Lower Sackville. Our family wishes to send our heartfelt thanks to those who cared for Dad; Dr. Kathy Gallagher, the staff on 7.3 at the Halifax Infirmary, QEII and Dr. Sophie Couture. A special thanks to the amazing staff at Drummond Hall in Parkland Clayton Park. Their caring and compassion for Dad was felt by all and is so truly appreciated. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honour George may do so by making a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Canadian Cancer Society.
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