George Friis (Chief Petty Officer Ret'd)

Passed 05/02/2020

Obituary for George Friis (Chief Petty Officer Ret'd)

George Friis, (Chief Petty Officer Ret'd)

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our devoted husband, exceptional father, proud Grampy & Great Grampy on May 2nd in Halifax.

George grew up in Ontario & came to NS as a navy recruit to Cornwallis where shortly after met the love of his life, Maurreen to whom he was married for almost 65 years.

George was in the Navy for 22 years serving all over the world as well as the Korean War. He kept in touch with many of his Navy Buddies and organized many reunions over the years.

He also worked at Western Furniture, the Halifax Dartmouth Bridge Commission and Sylvania Lighting. George always had time to listen, lend a helping hand and to try to make everyone feel special with a smile, joke or a story. He was a rare gentleman & always put everyone else’s needs before his own. He had a strong faith & was very active at St Philips Church for many years & recent member of Trinity United. He was a regular volunteer at Hope Cottage. George put his talents into his vegetable gardens & always had some kind of project on the go either at home or the cottage. He loved to have his family come over for supper or just a visit with “a hot cuppa tea”

He will forever be loved & missed by his wife Maureen (Hfx), daughters Cindy Harley (David Williamson) Kentville, Heidi Friis (Darrell Lundrigan) Hatchet Lake, Grandchildren Jason Harley (Erin) Toronto, Jenna Bradley (Nathan) Kentville, Amanda Lundrigan, Dartmouth and Bryan Lundrigan (Carolyn Lindell) Louisiana, GreatGrandchildren George, Logan & Declan. And his Ontario family, sister Marnie Mardlin (Ken), brother Bev Friis (Marianne) & many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his youngest daughter Sheila Friis.

Cremation has taken place & memorial service will be at a later date. In memory of George donations may be made to Hope Cottage.

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Dear Maureen and family, I was so very saddened to hear of George's passing. We were neighbours on William Hunt and he was one of the first people that stopped to talk and welcome us when we moved in to Westmount. He was one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure to have known, a true gentleman with a fine wit! He would follow my gardening exploits with great interest and always gave a little wave and 'how's the public gardens' on his daily walks by. When we moved a street over to Ralph Devlin I would always see him and Maureen walking by and they would always stop to chat, I was very sad to see them move out of the area. Our sincere sympathies are with your family at such a difficult time, but may his lovely cheerful memories help sustain you in the years ahead. Thinking of you all, Susan, John, Olivia and Alex Mahtab
- Susan Mahtab
So sorry to hear of George's passing. He was a great man and I enjoyed working with him for many years at Sylvania . He knew how to take care of his team and I thought of him often over the years. Thinking of you all, -Wes
- Wes Macumber
Dear Maureen, our deepest condolences. Linda and Sheldon Gillis.
- Linda Gillis
So sorry to hear about George. He was a nice man and we had a lot of laughs when we were fixing locks together at St. Phillips church. It was a privilege to know George and he will be missed. Billy Nash
- Billy Nash
Alice Bruce introduced me to George many years ago. Alice would often speak of her Halifax family. George would up date me on Alice when we would meet at events at Saint Phillips Church in Halifax. I offer my sympathy to the family at this time. Sincerely Blair Beed, Halifax
- Blair Beed
Maureen, Cindy David, Heidi Darrell and family, Maureen and George were a great team. They raised three wonderful and caring daughters but what could be expect with two parents like George and Maureen. As I wander though St Phillips or sit in my yard in Westmount I can never forget this mischief and caring man. George has big shoes to fill but his love of his family "his girls" the boys and the grandchildren hopefully will sustain all of you through this difficult time. We are thinking of you Maureen, our thoughts and prayers are with you Eric
- Eric Thomson
Maureen, so sad to hear about George. I didn't know him good personally, but through Dad, I felt like I did. The few times I saw him, he was always so nice and made me laugh. I'd like to think that he and Dad are having a good chat and getting caught up. Prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
- Janet Vaughan
Maureen and family. Saddened to hear of George's passing. He was a good guy. Having been the kid next door, to my work related dealings with George, to the off chance meeting, he always made me smile. Greg
- Greg Morash
Years ago I worked with George at GTE Sylvania and have never forgotten his kindness and jovial manner. He always made me smile. Though I have not seen him in many years... I have often thought of him with fond memories. Please accept my condolences. Estelle Reynolds
- Estelle Reynolds
Maureen, Cindy, Heidi and families, my sincere condolences on the passing of George. He was a true "gentle " man with a huge heart and rock solid morals. The times we spent exchanging salty tales of common aquaintances and experiences are memories I will always cherish! "Fair winds and following seas Yeoman!"-stoker Darrell
- Darrell Backman
Maureen, It was with great sadness that I learned of George's passing. He was such a wonderful man, always with a warm smile even when he was not feeling his best. Please accept our condolences to you and your family. All who knew him at Forrest Green will miss seeing him. Linda and Cindy
- Linda Cummings
Dear Heidi, Darrell, and family. I was so very sorry to read of your dad's passing. I always picture him in the kitchen with a big grin on his face and a booming greeting. He was so much fun and always made me feel so welcome! This will be so hard on you all, especially your mom. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. This is such a difficult time to lose a loved one. Know that anyone who knew your dad is sharing in your sorrow. I hope that in time wonderful memories of happier times will bring you comfort. Love, Marnie
- Marian Ritcey
Maureen, so sorry to hear the news about George. George was a very special person & was always ready to offer help to anyone that needed it. As you know George & I worked together for 7 years & were friends for life. Please extend my condolences to the rest of the family. Alan Yeadon (& Family)
- Alan Yeadon
Dear Maureen and family. I was so sorry to hear of your loss. George was such a nice man . I always enjoyed seeing him in the lobby when I lived in your building Shaggy loved him too. Much love Hilary
- Hilary Newton
Heidii & Family, Very sorry for your loss and thinking of you. Take care. Jim
- Jim Burke
Writing from Bridgetown, I wish to extend my condolences to Maureen and her family on the loss of George. I remember, in particular, the care. love and support that both Maureen and George showed Maureen's sister Alice, a Bridgetown legend, in her declining years.
- john montgomerie
Heidi, Darrell, Amanda, Brian and family, we were very saddened to hear of your Your loss this week. We hope you feel our support as you remember the great times you shared with your Dad and help your Mom through a difficult loss. Our deepest sympathy and prayers are with you all. Susan and Tyrone Oickle
- Susan Oickle
I am best friends with George's grandfaughter Amanda. Before I even knew Amanda I knew her grandparents. I remember so many days of sitting on his lap in my own grandparents living room with a piece of rope as he taught me how to tie knots. He was such a lovely man with a large, very kind heart. My condolences to the whole family. -Amanda L
- Amanda

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