It is with the deepest regret that the family of George Andre Favre announces his peaceful passing on March 1, 2013 at the age of 82.
George was born January 15, 1931 in his grandfather’s farm, in Combremont-le-Petit, Switzerland. During his childhood and youth he spent a lot of time on this farm, working hard and also enjoying happy times with his brothers Michel and Pierre and many other friends. At age 12, George was already talking about going one day to Canada and having his own ranch. Before he set off to Canada at the age of 21, George finished school and earned himself a trade as a mechanic. George arrived in Hamilton in 1952 and then made his way to BC where he spent time working in Chilliwack in the mountains mining. In 1954, George traveled to Quesnel where he met the love of his life Katherine and the two settled in Red Bluff where they started their family of three boys. During this time, George worked at Weldwood as a mechanic. George and his family moved to a farm in Moose Heights, in 1964, where George pursued his passion for farming and gardening. George was a “jack of all trades” and he achieved many successes as an entrepreneur, carpenter, welder, land developer, miner, farmer and mechanic.
After selling the farm, George and Kay spent many years traveling and living in different communities across BC, including Quesnel, Lytton and Wallachin. George and Kay also spent time traveling across Canada and the US, to New York, Arizona and back home to Switzerland and around Europe. George was a very friendly person and always made sure that he connected with his neighbours and he and Kay have many dear friends in each of the communities that they spent time in as a result of this. George and Kay returned to Quesnel in 2004 where George lived out the remainder of his life. He spent many days playing cards, reading books on philosophy, talking politics or business and “cruising” around town enjoying farmers markets, community events, friends and family. George dedicated his time to the ALS society and spent time supporting people who were also diagnosed with this ailment.
Family was a very important part of George’s life and he was always very eager to share a story or a laugh that involved some aspect of his family. George is survived by his wife Katherine Favre, his two brothers Michel (Vernon Dressler) Favre and Pierre (Francoise) Favre, his three sons Mic (Flora), Don (Sharon) and Roy (Yvonne). Grandchildren Andrea (Jay), Jeremy (Laura), Rick (Melinda), Tammy (Ryan) and Holly (Thomas). Great Grandchildren Matisha, Scott, Tiffany, Alexis, Rylann, Jessi and Caylee. One of Georges favorite things to do was to gather his family together as many times a year as possible to catch up with them and see what they were up to or to have them come together to introduce them to family from Europe or an out of town friend. George was always well informed as to what his family was up to and it was very clear by how he talked that he was proud of them and that they were always at the forefront of his thoughts.
George was a very loving, strong and successful man. He will be very missed by his loving wife of 58 years, Katherine, his family and all of his friends.
Family and friends of George and Katherine are invited to a Celebration of Life for George on May 11, 2013 at the Golden Center at 1 pm.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the ALS Society or the Canadian Cancer Society