April 28, 1941 – March 5, 2020
The family of George Francis Lumley is deeply saddened to announce his passing. He will be dearly missed by his loving wife Marie Lumley. His children Bonita Lumley (Barry), Sandra Blydo (Vance), and Douglas Lumley. His grandchildren India, Michael, Sydney and Kaden. Siblings Bob Lumley (Donna), Ron Lumley and Bette Warkentin (Ron). Niece Joanna Lumley and nephews Bill Lumley, Marty, Damon and Matt Warkentin. He was predeceased by his Father Francis Lumley, his mother Margaret Lumley and nephew Robert Lumley.
George was determined at an early age to forge his own path in life. He left school early to stock grocery shelves and work at a local establishment. Eventually he began work on the Gardiner Dam Project on the South Saskatchewan River operating heavy earth moving machinery.
A true ‘Jack of all Trades’, George worked in construction and road crews across Canada. In the mid 1960’s he was asked to come home to Matsqui B.C. to help out on the family farm. Soon after that, he met a beautiful teacher named Marie.
They were married July 27, 1968 in Marie’s hometown of Humboldt
George and Marie returned to Matsqui, took over the family farm and had three children. During this time George enjoyed going on hunting trips up into the interior of BC. He fell in love with the country and the people of the Cariboo Chilcotin.
In 1976 George moved his young family up to Williams Lake to follow his dream of living the life of a Rancher. Together with Marie he purchased what was to become the Lumley Ranch. George and Marie worked side by side for 43 years as true partners in ranching and raising their children. There was not a piece of heavy equipment that George could not operate or fix. Marie liked to say ‘if George didn’t have a part he would simply make it’.
In 2019 they reluctantly left ‘the mountain ranch’ and retired into the
‘bright lights’ of Williams Lake.
George had a deep connection to the land and respect of all living things. Ranch life suited him well. He was a kind and generous man. Affectionately known as Pappa to many children along the way. He was a true friend and neighbour who will be missed for his dry humour and thoughtfulness.
In memory of George, please take some time out of your day to call a friend or family member for no other reason than to just chat.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Heart and Stroke
Foundation of Canada in support of Marie.
The Family would like to thank the Cariboo Memorial Hospital for all their care during George’s last days.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date
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