George Clark Warrack

WARRACK, George Clark

Passed away in Comox, B.C on December 14, 2011. George was born November 1, 1919 in Aberdeen, Scotland to Catherine Anne Smith and William Clark Warrack. He graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a degree in forestry in 1941. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force and was active until hospitalized in Toronto. There, he met his future wife, Winifred Aileen Forbes. As his father was taken prisoner-of-war in Singapore, George transferred to the British Army and served in India and later in the Sikh Regiment in what is now Waziristan, Pakistan.

At the end of WWII, George was successful in reuniting with his father in Calcutta and then set said to Boston to meet Winifred. They were married in Vancouver on February 13, 1947. George served 30 years with the Research Division of the BC Forest Service completing a Master of Science in Forestry from Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1959 and retiring as Chief of the Division in 1978.

George was predeceased by Winifred, (1991), and is survived by his two daughters and son-in-laws, Alison and David Odegaard, and Heather and Dick Goldman and his five grandchildren, Kirsten, Peter and Tim Odegaard and Sam and Tanya Goldman.

We will remember his contributions to BC forests, the beautiful gardens he created around his homes, and the sailing adventures. His strong, independent character, his courageous example, and his love for his family will be missed.

A service to honour George’s life will take place on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 1:30pm in the chapel of Piercy’s Funeral Home at 440 England Ave, Courtenay. Flowers gratefully declined.

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