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George Taylor Fulford III

 

Commander, RCN(R)

 

Born: 29 Jun 1927, Toronto, Ontario

 

Died: 10 Apr 1995, Botswana, Africa

 

FULFORD, George Taylor III - was born in Toronto, June 29th, 1927, son of the late George T. Fulford II and Josephine Camel Weller, and grandson of George T. Fulford I, founder of the G.T. Fulford Company, producer of patent machines. He was raised in Brockville, Ontario and educated at Trinity College School, Royal Roads College, McGill University (B.A.) and University of Western Ontario (M.B.A.) He was married in 1953 to Ruth Sutton and had three children, George IV, Nicholas and Mary. After a business career, he moved to Peterborough, Ontario, to teach at Sir Sandford Fleming College, where he helped establish the Travel and Tourism and Food and Beverages programs. In 1980, he married Eileen McMillan, a nursing instructor at the College, following a sabbatical at UPEI in 1985, George and Eileen moved to her native Charlottetown where George was an assistant professor at the University's School of Business. George was popular with students, many of whom continued to consult him long after he was no longer their teacher. In George's honour, the restaurant at Sir Sandford Fleming College was named "Fulfords". George spent 30 years in the Navy Reserve, retiring with the rank of Commander. In 1989, George started the Fulford Fundy Fish Farm, a salmon aquaculture company in Black's Harbour, New Brunswick and Bluewater Aquaculture, a related company. He was also part owner of Ocean Horizons Canada and Ocean Horizons Chile. George had many diverse interests, an accomplished skier, hunting, fishing, camping scuba diving, canoeing, rowing and, in his youth, competitive shooting, sailing and hydroplane racing. George was heavily involved in volunteer work. He served as President of PEI Ski Association, Chairman of Ducks Unlimited Charlottetown, President of St. John Ambulance, and in 1974, he received a Heritage Activities Award from the PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation. And, in 1995, the Atlantic Salmon Federation Regional Council presented George posthumously with an award for outstanding contributions to salmon conservation on PEI. George died suddenly in Botswana, Africa on April 10, 1995 while on safari with his wife, Eileen. (Source: University of PEI - Student Life - George T. Fulford III Memorial Prize)

 


 

George Taylor Fulford III was in the RCN(R) for approximately forty years, rising to the rank of Cdr before his retirement. He was the Pickleís commanding officer for two consecutive summers in 1972-3, at which time he was LCdr. During this time the Pickle and her crew visited outports on the south and east coasts of Newfoundland.

 

George was an avid sailor throughout his life. Prior to commanding the PICKLE he was stationed at HMCS CATARAQUI in Kingston and HMCS STAR in Hamilton. During those years he owned and raced an International Six Meter class sailboat out of the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club, just a short distance from the naval base. He counted his two summers commanding the PICKLE among his best.

 

I have attached a picture of him at the Pickleís helm. He was 45 years of age at the time. I can attest to the authenticity of the photo as I remember dad showing it to me when he was alive and telling me that it was taken by a regional reporter for the CBC, who ran a story about the Pickle visiting Burgeo, Newfoundland in 1973. Regrettably, dad didnít mention the reporterís name. After dad died in 1995 his widow and second wife Eileen provided me with the photo. Sadly, Eileen passed away in 2009.

 

Ships served in:

HMCS CATARAQUI

HMCS STAR

CNAV PICKLE - Commanding Officer summer of 1972 and 1973

 

LCdr George Fulford, RCN(R) at the helm of CNAV PICKLE

 

This photo was taken by a regional reporter for the CBC, who ran a story about the Pickle visiting Burgeo, Newfoundland in 1973

 


 

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