MUMBLO, George Christopher
Jan. 25, 1953 – Nov. 26, 2011
George died as he lived – with passion, dignity and surrounded by loving family and friends. Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, George moved to Toronto in 1972 and obtained a degree in photography at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute.
In 1976 he headed to Canada’s west coast. While staying at a youth hostel in Victoria, he met and fell in love with Robin Chernay, a resident of Oregon. Undeterred by long distance and international boundaries, their relationship flourished and in 1979 they married. They lived in Tofino, Calgary, Halifax and Vancouver before moving to Fanny Bay in 2007. Along the way they had two children, Melissa and Ian, who knew they had the best Papi in the word.
In the late 80s George started developing symptoms of a muscular disorder that eventually required him to use a wheelchair. This development did nothing to dampen George’s passion for life, quick wit, keen observation and incredible generosity. Music, a good meal, a juicy plum, the antics of birds, the opening of a flower; these were all reasons for George to appreciate life. He was a wise, kind and insightful man who profoundly touched all those he met.
Ever the thoughtful and loving son of John and Lydia Mumblo, George didn’t give in to his illness until both his parents passed earlier this year. In addition to Robin, Melissa and Ian, George is survived by his sister Katherine and his brother John (Gina), son-in-law Dave Newman, six nephews, one niece, and his loving dogs, Foxy and Ray. We will celebrate George’s life this Saturday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m. at his final home — 7651 Tozer Road in Fanny Bay.