The family announces with sorrow his death at the Geraldton District Hospital on June 13, 2020 at the age of 82. Beloved husband of the late Marie (Feb. 2013) and dearest father of: Debbie (the late Leo Gallant) of Binbrook, Rick (Debbie) of Longlac, The late Daniel (Sept. 2019), Danny (Brenda) of Longlac, Rolly (Janice) of Sudbury, Rene (Linda) of Longlac, Denise (Nick Donn) of Longlac, Marcel of Kitchener, Estelle of Alberta and Nicole (Damian O’Quinn) of Thunder Bay. He is survived by his brothers and sisters: Bert (Pricella) of Longlac, Aline Goguen (the late Bill) of Sudbury, Cecile Butt (Danny) of Oshawa and John (Cathy) of Sudbury. He will be missed by his 18 grandchildren and his 19 great-grandchildren, as well as 2 more great-grandchildren on the way. Pre-deceased by his brothers and sister: Donald, Roger, Rosie, Maurice and Edger.
On January 12, 1957 George married his soul mate Marie (pre-deceased 2013). Marie was his rock and when Marie passed, part of George went with her.
Together they were blessed with 8 children. They were entrusted with the care of 2 more children through foster care who became “their own” and then, their family was complete.
George derived his strong work ethics working on the family farm in Saskatchewan in the early days. He was a pioneer in the plastering industry, those skills being cultivated by his father. His father also instilled strong work ethics that stayed with him throughout his successful construction career.
At a young age, George built his first home in Brooklyn, Ontario and went on to build several more throughout the years that followed. In the mid 60’s George created his first company “Blouin Drywall” in Sudbury, Ontario and this paved the way for a successful career in the construction industry. As his company grew, George employed up to 150 unionized men at any given time for many years.
In the mid 70’s George moved to Longlac opting for a slower pace of life. It was there that he became a construction icon in the Municipality of Greenstone.
A legacy in the construction industry, a few of his accomplishments were: the two Longlac Waterfront Projects – including the camp area. The rebuild of the Longlac Canoe monument, building St. John the Baptist Church, the rebuild of the Longlac Legion, just to name a few. A lot of these challenging projects were done under government grants. In taking on these challenging jobs George was also able to teach hundreds of local residents he employed, all about the construction industry. George was a teacher of great patience and could coach anyone, helping them to overcome any obstacle, whether it was in the construction industry or in any of life’s challenges.
He was an avid reader and believed that if you didn’t know how to complete a task, read, explore, and educate yourself and you will figure it out. He was a man of immense knowledge, wisdom and intelligence and absorbed everything he read.
He had a great love of gardening, particularly in Hydroponics.
Along with his son, they formed the Longlac Building Center Corporation.
For many years, George was the Town of Longlac Building Inspector and By-Law officer and it was there where he made many dear life-long friendships.
Family was everything to George. Ingenuity, strong work ethics and the philosophy of the construction industry was instilled in his sons by him and is truly apparent to this day. It is through them his legacy lives on.
To see his children and grandchildren flourish with happiness and succeed in life made him very proud. This, he said, was his biggest accomplishment.
We will forever carry him in our hearts.
“Where there’s a will, there’s a way”
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