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George Gordon Addie

February 24, 1933 - August 13, 2020



Feb 24, 1933 – Aug 13, 2020


George passed away peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by family members.

Born in Quebec City to parents Alexander and Antoinette, he attended Quebec High School before getting Bachelor’s degrees in Geology from Mount Allison University, Sackville, N.B. and Washington State University, Pullman, Washington. He was a FGAC and P.Eng. (B.C.).

It was while attending Mount A that he met his future wife, Leona McKinnon. They married in Vancouver on Aug 2, 1960.

In 1961 their first son Gordon was born while George was Mine Geologist at the Bralorne Pioneer Mine. Their second son Lloyd was born in Grand Forks in 1964.

The family moved to various locations within BC and Washington State as George worked as a mine geologist at Phoenix Copper, Sullivan, Reeves McDonald and Pend Oreille mines. After living for a few years in Calgary, Alberta, where he worked as a consulting geologist for JC Sproule and Associates, in 1974 the family moved to Nelson BC, where he took on the role of District Geologist for the B.C. Government.

Nelson was the perfect location for the family to settle down, and George could enjoy his lifelong outdoor-related hobbies of fishing, camping and canoeing.

He enjoyed teaching, whether it was love and respect for the outdoors through Scouting or giving rock and mineral and prospecting courses throughout the Kootenays. He taught hundreds of people through the Chamber of Mines of Eastern B.C. Prospectors will remember George’s enthusiasm and sense of humour. He was very proud of the fact several million dollars a year in exploration monies were spent in the Kootenays as a direct result of these prospectors’ discoveries.

He is survived by his twin brother John; Leona, his wife of 60 years, and his sons Gordon and Lloyd. He had a large extended family. These include his cousin Sherrie Parker; her son Ken and wife Midori and children, and her daughter Colleen Thomson and her children. On Leona’s side of the family, her sister Helen and Gaius and their children, Darlene (D), Malcolm, Jeff and their families. Her youngest sister, Phyllis(D) had seven children: Derrick and wife Karen and their children Tracy and Nancy; Tim; Darren; David; Jody; Brent, and Monique and their families. Gordon’s family includes Josephine and her children, Jay, Shara Mae, Jayson and wife Christie, and grandchildren Anna Marie and Alex.

Post Covid, he will be interred in the Addie family plot at the Elmwood Cemetery, Sherbrooke, Quebec.

The family would like to thank Dr. Milde for the care and comfort he provided. They would also like to acknowledge all the other health professionals that have assisted George and the family over the last few months.


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Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Lynda Iwanik
Relation: Friend of family.

Condolences to Leona and sons. George was a interesting, great man, always a friendly smile. My mother babysat the boys many decades ago. I went to Selkirk College with Leona.

From: Derrick, Karen, Tracy and Nancy
Relation: Uncle

It is with great sadness that we say good bye to you, uncle. We thank you for being in our lives all these years. Family gatherings just won’t be the same without your smile, laugh, stories and jokes. We send our love to Leona, Gordon and Lloyd ❤️

From: Shauna Eggers
Relation: aquaintance

I knew George from our dental office, but also I recall seeing him often while walking his lovely dog “Nugget” years ago. We would discuss how he loved mining and that is why he picked that name for his dog, and how I agreed that dog was more precious than Gold. A lovely sweet gentleman who will be missed by many. Condolences to his wife and sons.

From: Lorna and Gerry Klein
Relation: Colleague

Sincere condolences to Leona and family. George was always full of ideas and inspired many in the prospecting industry.

From: Martin L. Brown
Relation: friend

I remember George Addie from my time as organist at St. Saviour’s Pro-Cathedral. I also remember meeting his dad, conducting tours at the Anglican Cathedral in Quebec City, in the summer of 1987. Our family still has the photos George gave us of Ste Anne de Beaupre, grandmother of Jesus.
Martin L. Brown
(now age 98) Maple Ridge, BC

From: Pauline Bowcock and family
Relation: Friends of the Addie family

Dear Addie family, we want to express our heartfelt condolences. We have very nice memories of George’s excellent sense of humor. As well as his passion for geology. Our family was inspired by his enthusiasm of life and imparting of his knowledge. We look forward to doing some prospecting with him in heaven.

Service Schedule

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Elmwood Cemetery, Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Post Covid, he will be interred in the Addie family plot at the Elmwood Cemetery, Sherbrooke, Quebec.

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Thank You Notice

The family would like to thank Dr. Milde for the care and comfort he provided. They would also like to acknowledge all the other health professionals that have assisted George and the family over the last few months.

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