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George Sherbinin

June 5, 1932 - March 17, 2012

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of George Sherbinin, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was born on June 5, 1932 in Crescent Valley, BC and passed away on March 17, 2012, at the age of 79.

He will be dearly missed by his wife of 51 years, Maxine; and his children: Carrie (Dale Mader), Alan (Linda), Jill (Craig Harsany) and David (Melanie); and he is lovingly remembered by his grandchildren: Brooklyn, Lisa (Steve), Keri (Darren), Nicholas, Craig, Jordyn, Claye, Reese, Libby, Emmett and great grandson, James. Harley (the cat) will also miss him.

George is fondly remembered by Jim & Phyllis Olsen (brother-in-law & sister-in-law), Daphne Sherbinin (sister-in-law), his nephew Guy Owens, and numerous nieces and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents John and Helen Sherbinin, his sister Tania (Don Owens), his brother Johnny, and his brother Gus. George was also a treasured friend to many. He contributed greatly to the community of Midway, BC where he resided almost his entire life.

George was involved in the lumber industry, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. As a young man, he took over the operations of Boundary Sawmills as vice president, and then later as president (in 1966). After selling the mill to Pope & Talbot in 1969, he stayed on as president for five additional years. He created George Sherbinin Lumber Ltd., a successful wholesale lumber company, and later purchased a small mill operation in Westbridge, BC with Jim Olsen that they named S & O Sawmill.

George spent many years volunteering for clubs and associations including the Kettle River Lions Club; president of the Midway Curling Club; director of the Kettle Valley Golf Club; school board member for School District #13; director for Interior Lumber Manufacturer’s Association; director for Interior Labour Relations; director for Silver Lake Forestry Education Center; and director for Pacific Enercon.

George and Maxine enjoyed travelling – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico was always a favourite destination. Summers spent at the cabin on Osoyoos Lake were especially cherished. George loved fishing on the Kettle River, curling, hunting and golfing with family and friends.

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of George’s life that will be held at Boundary Central Secondary School in Midway, BC at 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 7, 2012. There will be a tea at the Midway Community Hall following the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that contributions be made to the Kettle Valley Bursary & Scholarship Society (KVBSS) in George’s memory. Contributions, payable to K.V.B.S.S., can be sent to Leslie Walker, Box 362, Midway, BC V0H 1M0.

Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting: www.nunes-pottinger.com. Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver and Osoyoos.

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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Peter Hadikin
Relation: Uncle

I would like to pass on my deepest sympathy in the loss of you husband and father. I have many memories of George from growing up in Midway and they are all so great. I can recall fishing with George at the far end of Jewel Lake years and years ago and enjoying the talk and friendship. Recently I spent an afternoon with George and my dad Pete in the summer of 2008. It was a great afternoon and I got a chance to listen to many great stories of the ‘old days’.

When the pain of you loss diminishes with time, you will all be left with many, many special memories.

My heart is with you all, Peter.

From: John & Doreen Jack
Relation: Friend

Our sincere condolences to your entire family.

John & Doreen Jack

From: Jocelyn(Dyke) Noel
Relation: friend

George, was loved and enjoyed by my family, the year he spent with them at school in Nelson. I’m sorry I didn’,t get back up to Midway to visit you, Maxine with him. My deepest sympathy to you and your family
best love, Jocelyn

From: Dolores and family
Relation: Cousin

Maxine and family. So very sorry to hear about George. Our thoughts and prayers are will you all at this time. The strong family love that you have will help to ease the pain now and in the times to come. Remember all your happy memories. Talk, hug and love each other.

From: Marcia and Patrick Hurley and family
Relation: family friends

Maxine and family. . My mother ‘Jane Gooliaff’ was good friends with your family and i know that you and George were so good to her in her final years. We are so saddened by the loss you have suffered. Although i did not know the family well, there is left in my mind a legacy of good will and friendship that i hold so close to my heart. this will always stay with me. Marcia Hurley (Gooliaff)

From: Rhea & Wes Wiseman
Relation: We know Alan and Liinda

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. We know the great times you spent with your Dad Alan, all the wonderful trips south that your parents had and all the great memories of him that we know will last forever and get you through this sad time.
With deepest sympathy and caring thoughts.

From: Willie White
Relation: friend

Dear Max Sorry to hear about George)s passing. He was one special Guy.I had some great memories with him and Jim. Take care Willie White

From: tanya bourget
Relation: summer friend

today was a wonderful tribute to mr. sherbinin. it was so great to see the photos and hear the stories of his life. i loved the pictures taken at the cabin. my favorites being the ones of him raking the beach. he often crossed over to our side and took care of some of our weeds. i don’t think that our beach will ever look the same! i will miss his smiling face. please know that my thoughts are with you. see you at the beach. tanya

From: Drewery (Drew) Dyke
Relation: Relationship: Godfather

Dear ’Uncle’ George! I will certainly miss you. You took good care of me, your Godson, with thoughtful gifts, one or two leisurely fishing trips, taking while I was a child; and later, as an adult, visiting you and Maxine and other family in Osooyos, over a beer and dinner. And dear Maxine, my deepest sympathies to you and all the Sherbinins. From the little I knew of ’Uncle’ George, and from the account of my dad, Lorne Dyke, it seems that his life was also one that we can celebrate and cherish; embodying the values that make lives richer. There was so much more I wanted to ask – about his Russian heritage, the Doukhobors, the lumber industry; living in Midway and much else besides. I will do so now by way of quiet prayer. My thoughts are with you all, Maxine. God bless and farewell, ’Uncle’ George.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
April 7, 2012
Beginning at 1:00pm

Location:
Boundary Central Secondary School
355 - 5th Avenue
Midway, Select your State or Province V0H 1M0

Family and friends are invited to a celebration of George’s life that will be held at Boundary Central Secondary School in Midway, BC at 1:00 pm on Saturday, April 7, 2012. There will be a tea at the Midway Community Hall following the service.

355 - 5th Avenue
Midway, Select your State or Province V0H 1M0

Memorial Gifts

Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:
       
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that contributions be made to the Kettle Valley Bursary & Scholarship Society (KVBSS) in George’s memory. Contributions, payable to K.V.B.S.S., can be sent to Leslie Walker, Box 362, Midway, BC V0H 1M0.

 

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