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George Mainwaring

George Stuart Mainwaring

Friday, April 10th, 1931 - Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
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Obituary

George passed away peacefully on the morning of February 26, 2020 listening to his favorite song “Down in the Glen” with his family by his side.

George lived a long and happy life. He was born to Janet (nee Stuart) and George Mainwaring in Edinburgh, Scotland on April 10, 1931. He grew up playing football (#7), every chance he could and was known for his speed on the wing.

George attended Boroughmuir High School in Scotland, and after high school, he did his National Service for 2 years, stationed in Austria. He played high-level soccer in Scotland as a young adult as well as after he immigrated to Canada.

George was a stockbroker in Edinburgh. It was there he met Margaret Hamilton. The two of them often enjoyed dancing at the Palais dance hall.

In 1955, George was hired by the Bank of Nova Scotia. The bank sent him to Vancouver on his first assignment. Within the first week of living in Vancouver, one of the trainers of a local soccer team went into the branch that George was working at and asked him if he had brought “his boots”. He hadn’t, but the trainer said he could find him a pair. George made good friends with his teammates, many of whom were from Glasgow. A number of years later when he went back to visit his family in Edinburgh, he was speaking with a broader Scottish accent than when he left!

Margaret joined George in Vancouver and they were married in 1957. They welcomed two daughters, Lyn and Peri. The family spent many happy summer holidays in Penticton, and Kelowna. For many years, they would meet up with friends at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort, swim during the day and go dancing in the evening at the Copper Room.

George worked for the Bank of Nova Scotia for 38 years in various roles. In the last 5 years of his career, he became vice president of the brokerage side of the bank in Vancouver.

George retired from the bank in 1994. He volunteered for Community Speed Watch with the RCMP. An opportunity to sell Canada Savings Bonds kept him busy for several years after which he finally retired for real to spend time with Margaret and his family.

George and Margaret enjoyed travelling, and especially taking cruises, for many years. They cruised to Hawaii, the Caribbean, Alaska and Spain. George also enjoyed golfing, skiing and curling in his earlier years.
The last few years were tough for Dad, but he always had a great smile for the camera. His favorite saying was “How lucky can you be!” Indeed, we were lucky to have a Dad and husband like you.
George was predeceased by his parents and his brother Stuart.

He leaves his wife Margaret of 63 years, daughter Lyn (Gabor), their children Emily and Adam; Peri (Dave), their children Lucas and Maggie. He also leaves his sister Dorothy (Dorrie) and her husband George Ainslie and their family David and Linda in Scotland and Suzanne in Australia, as well as other relatives and friends in Scotland, England and Canada. The family will have a celebration of life at a later date.

The family would like to thank Dr. LeBrun as well as the nurses, care aides and staff at Lynn Valley Care Centre, where George was a resident for the past 4 months.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to a charity of your choice.
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Arun & Dana

Posted at 08:14am
For the man who educated me about Oak trees in Scotland. Thank you Mr M.
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Arun

Posted at 08:06am
We had the privilege of knowing Mr. M. (George) and his family for several years, while living on the North Shore of BC. He was a warm and jovial man, always having a smile on his face and offering his assistance with anything he could. Truly salt of the earth and a role model for all. We had many great conversations and he gave us many laughs. He will surely be missed, but not forgotten.
Arun & Dana
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Christopher Cottier

Posted at 06:21pm
Forty-four years ago the Bank of Nova Scotia hired me from Toronto with an immediate transfer to Vancouver sight unseen.
I had two names. One was George Mainwaring; the other was at the Vancouver Rowing Club, Rugby Section.
During my years at Scotiabank, Mr. Mainwaring was always an open door and a kind heart with a twinkle in his eye and a laugh to be shared. He was also firm when required.
Eventually the joy of British Columbia did the same thing to me as it did to George and I have been here ever since.
We shall toast the life of George while we visit Edinburgh again this summer.
God bless. Rest in peace. Thank you.
Christopher Cottier
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Carol King

Posted at 05:36pm
Carol King
Although I did not work directly with George, I worked in the same office at Scotiabank for over 12 years. I always found him to be a very kind, compassionate and thoughtful person. I also had the pleasure of meeting his lovely wife, Margaret one evening at a Bank function. My sincere condolences to you Margaret and family. R.I.P. George
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Maureen Byrne

Posted at 03:39pm
My dad Stephen Byrne played soccer with him many years ago, right wing dad says. I (Maureen Byrne) probably watched him from the sidelines as a child. He remembers Margaret as being a lovely woman. My dad and I send our condolences to the family.
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