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July 14, 1930 — August 14, 2020

The family of George Messier regrets to announce his passing on August 14, 2020. George is survived by his son David (Cheryl) Messier; daughter Rosemarie (Leonard) Arcand; foster daughter Patricia Messier; grandchildren Tamara Messier, Steven (Danielle) Arcand, and Marisa (Rylan) Hayward; great-grandchildren Laiken Hayward, Oaklyn Hayward, and Adeline Arcand. He is also survived by his sisters Yvette (Morley) Pankoski, MaryAnne (Maurice) Cardinal, and Cecile (Pierre) Brisson; brother Guy (Linda) Messier; brother-in-law Charlie Dumontier; and numerous nieces and nephews. George was predeceased by Wife Agnes Messier (Reineke) and Wife Rita Messier (Leuken); brothers-in–law Bernard Strome, Alvin Reineke, Joesph Reineke, and Morley Pankoski; and sisters–in-law Gertrude Dumontier (Reineke), Rita Strome (Reineke), and Sr. Anne Reineke; George was also predeceased by his parents Juliette and Genan Messier.

George was born in Melville, Saskatchewan on July 14, 1930. In Melville, he grew up with his brothers and sisters attending Catholic school. After graduation, he worked at a hometown shop – Walter’s Garage – as a mechanic before moving to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan where he continued to work as a journeyman mechanic at the Firestone garage for the next 25 years. Following his employment with Firestone, George worked with Co-op as the Garage Service Manager until retirement.

George married Agnes Reineke on August 23, 1955 in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. While living in Prince Albert, they adopted 2 children – David & Rosemarie and fostered Patty.  In 1983, following retirement, George and Agnes moved to Kelowna, BC where they resided for the remainder of their days.

George enjoyed camping and outdoor activities. He was an avid gardener during his retirement years and his yard exemplified this well. Together, George and Agnes enjoyed travel both throughout Canada and internationally. He enjoyed visiting family and friends both inside and out of Kelowna, with frequent returns to the prairies to visit both close and extended family. George was a reminiscing man, always with a story or memory to tell, teasing and banter to be played out, as well as laughs and good times to be had. He was a very proud member of the local Knights of Columbus organization, as well as a devoted Catholic who volunteered in different capacities with the church, with a fondness for choir.  He was a prominent member of the church choir, being highly involved in numerous church and community concerts and performances. Following the passing of Agnes (March 7, 2000), George married Rita Leuken in 2002.

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