Eastcott; George Rowland
November 22, 1926 – November 15, 2014
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of George Rowland Eastcott of Harrison Hot Springs, BC. His parents, Ida May and James Eastcott raised 13 children on their farm in Shoal Lake, Manitoba. George is survived by one brother, Keith Eastcott (Doreen) of Kamloops. George joined the army the day after his 18th birthday, during WWII. Following his discharge at the end of the war, George headed west. His first stop was in Chestermere Lake, Alberta, where he worked on the fall harvest. He then moved to Rossland, BC and worked at Cominco in Trail for 36 years, first as a labourer and then as a Journeyman Millwright. George was very active in organizing the union there and fought for change in health and safety standards as well as wages. Upon his retirement, he moved to Kelowna, BC and then to the Lower Mainland. In 1953 he married Nancy Johnson. In addition to their son Wayne (Michiko), they parented their niece and nephew, Bonnie Townsend (Barry) and Randy Taylor (Michele). George has one grandchild, Elizabeth Eastcott. After 50 years of marriage, Nancy died in 2003. In 2006, George married Mary Duncan and the circle of family grew larger with the addition of a step-daughter, Treena Duncan (Will Sparks), and two grandchildren, Julia and Kendrick. George was devoted to his dog Nessie, and the two were never far apart. George was an avid outdoorsman who loved to boat, hunt and fish. He loved to garden, sharing his produce with family and friends. He collected and polished rocks as a hobby and enjoyed panning for gold but never managed to strike the motherlode! He was a handyman who loved to repair things and always had a tube of ‘Goop’ nearby. In later years, he loved to travel to Arizona and recently enjoyed a cruise to Alaska. George was a faithful long-time United Church member, a member of Royal Canadian Legion and a life member of the Army, Navy and Air Force Club of Kelowna. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rosedale United Church or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.
Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 22 at Rosedale United Church, 51337 Yale Road East, Chilliwack at 2pm. Reception to follow. Internment will be held at Lakeview Memorial Garden, in Kelowna on December 8, 2014 at 1:00 pm.