Passing Of Flight Sergeant George Constable BEM
CONSTABLE, George B.E.M. 1901 - 2004 Life is a voyage that is homeward bound After a long and productive life, Mr. George Constable passed away on March 17, 2004 at the age of 102 years and 7 months. He is survived by his one daughter Joyce and her husband Robert Golden of Edmonton. His daughter-in-law Jean Constable of Edmonton. His son-in-law Steve Kucher of Calgary. Seven grandchildren Dorothy, Mary, William, Robin, Kate, Barbara and Greg. Six great-grandchildren Bonnie, Melissa, Colleen, Steven, Bradley and Ian. He was predeceased by his first wife Prudence and his second wife Florrie. Both were born and grew up in the Cotswold Hills, England. He was also predeceased by his three children Robert, Dorothy and Dennis and an infant grandson David. Mr. Constable was born on August 14, 1901 in the Cotswold Hills, Fairford, Gloucestershire, England. He came to Canada in 1922 and joined the City of Edmonton Fire Department in 1926 and served at various locations throughout the city until he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1940 as a fire fighter. While in the Royal Canadian Air Force he was awarded the British Empire Medal. The Citation read "This non-commissioned Officer has been employed as a fire fighter for the past four years in which trade he is most efficient as well as in administration work. His devotion to duty and tenacity in the face of adversity is such that he commands the supreme confidence and respect of all those with whom he comes in contact. He is an outstanding leader and has done excellent work in charge of the fire fighters at this unit." In 1945 he returned to the City of Edmonton Fire Department and in 1950 became an Inspector with the Fire Prevention Bureau. In 1956 he became Senior Inspector and in the same year Assistant Fire Marshal. In 1959 Acting Fire Marshal and in 1961 Fire Marshal. In 1966 Mr. Constable retired from the City of Edmonton Fire Department after 41 years of service. On March 2, 1993 His Honor The Lieutenant Governor Gordon Towers presented Mr. Constable with the Fire Services Exemplary Service Medal of Canada and two Bars for his loyal and meritorious service to public security in Canada. Mr. Constable was a member of St. Faith's Anglican Church for 68 years. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him and loved him. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, March 22 at 10:00 A.M. at the Foster & McGarvey Funeral Chapel, 10008 - 103 Street. Rev. Maureen Crerar will officiate and interment will take place in the family plot at Beechmount Cemetery, 12420 - 104th Street. Friends wishing to pay their respects may do so at the Foster & McGarvey Funeral Chapel, 10008 - 103 Street from 3:00 P.M. to 7:45 P.M. on Sunday, March 21. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Faith's Anglican Church, 11725 - 93 Street. T5G 1E2. Foster & McGarvey Limited. Funeral Directors & Licensed Crematorium. 428-6666.