It is with sadness in our hearts we announce the passing of George Vincent-Lambert, the cherished husband of Ethel, and loving father to daughters Leigh and Kim, and son-in-law Lance. A beloved brother-in-law to Barbara, Maureen, Helen and Joanna, a fondly adored cousin, and a dearly loved uncle to nieces and nephews around the world.
George was predeceased by his parents, Reginald and Ellen, as well as his four siblings Reginald, Lewellyn, Shirley and Naomi.
Born in Springs, Transvaal, South Africa, he grew up and spent most of his early life in Natal. He was an avid sportsman enjoying Cricket, Swimming, Soccer and Rugby in his youth, and later took up Tennis, Golf and Sailing.
In 1965, George immigrated to Labrador City, Newfoundland and joined the Iron Ore Company of Canada working there until mid 1967, before returning to Pietermaritzburg, South Africa to marry the love of his life, and wife of 54 years.
In 1968, he joined a distributor for Minolta Cameras and Equipment and turned his passion for photography into a career. He became the Branch Manager of the company in Port Elizabeth, where his two daughters were born. In 1975, George relocated his family to Johannesburg to become General Manager for the head office in South Africa.
George and his family immigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1977 where he joined his brother at Millard Restaurant Equipment working in sales. They shared their passion for the food industry together for a number of years until the family relocated to North Vancouver, B.C. in 1981. He joined Superior Propane in a new career venture and spent 10 years with them before moving to B.C. Gas and later Squamish Gas. His warm outgoing personality made him a perfect public relations and sales person.
He retired in 2003, and enjoyed an extensive 6-month trip overseas, before he and his wife moved to Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island in 2005 where they found the ideal friendly community in which to retire.
George’s interests included photography and genealogy, as well as playing host on many social occasions. He was truly in his element when entertaining friends and family. His big smile, sense of humour and that welcoming hug from a character larger than life will be sadly missed by all.
George loved the outdoors and enjoyed boating and RV’ing in his later years. A highlight of these years was a wonderful 5-month, 27,000 km RV trip around North America in 2010 with his wife, Ethel, and their special dachshund companion, Joey.
Throughout the last 30 years, George faced numerous challenging and unusual medical conditions. Even in the last year of his life he was once more stricken with a rare health condition that he finally succumbed to on January 3, 2022. Special thanks to the many doctors and nurses that tended him through his lifetime and especially in his final days. In his memory, please support Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation. http://www.nanaimohospitalfoundation.com
A private memorial ceremony will be held for immediate family and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date, due to current gathering restrictions
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