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George Shoji Saito

1928 - 2021



GEORGE SHOJI SAITO passed away peacefully early in the morning on Wednesday, June 16, 2021 at the age of 93 years.

George was born in Victoria, BC and was the oldest son of Kozabura and Haru.  He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Thelma, his son, Jeff (Miki) and their daughters, Amber and Jenna.

George grew up in BC, and at very early age learned how to fish and what hard work was.  He ended up moving to Southern Alberta where he worked doing sugar beets while attending school.  During this time, he participated in many sports, including baseball and basketball, which was his favorite. 

After finishing school, George joined the Air Force and was honourably discharged in 1952 as an Air Force Cadet.  His outgoing personality and sense of humor led him to pursue a career in sales, eventually owning his own office furniture and stationary business.  It was during this period, he met and married the love of his life, Thelma, in 1962.  Jeff joined the family in 1968 and quickly became his pride and joy, teaching his son the many skills he learned throughout his life.  He was also able to enjoy many family trips especially the annual trips to Mountain Shores resort on Kootenay Lake, which included another best friend, Sparki.

Later in his life, he eventually retired from work, but continued golfing with many of his good friends that he acquired along his journey through life.  He loved to pass on his history telling many stories about his adventures back in BC and while in the Air Force.  In the last few years of his life, he remained happy and at home under the loving care of his wife.  He will be forever loved, missed and remembered by his surviving family.

A private family funeral service will be held, Wednesday, June 23, 2021.  The family has asked that in lieu of flowers and koden, a donation be made to the Alzheimer Society. 

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Ron Shigemi

June 20, 2021 8:54 PM

We were saddened to hear of George’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences.
Ron & Kathy Shigemi

Irene Yamamoto

June 19, 2021 7:39 PM

Thelma and Family,
     Sincere sympathies on George's passing.....
     Last time I saw you, Thelma, and George was at MacDonald's having coffee and you both looked so well.
     George shall be missed.....
     Take care.

Angela Vegter

June 19, 2021 12:49 PM

So sorry for your loss Thelma. I loved getting to know you guys over the years. I will miss getting to tease George. Big hugs to you.

Maxine Tamura

June 19, 2021 10:04 AM

Dear Thelma, Jeff, Miki and family,
Our deepest sympathy in the passing of your dear husband, father and granddad.
Our thoughts are with you in your loss and may the memories of the good times with George be a blessing.
Ken & Maxine Tamura

Kei and Ken Sampson

June 19, 2021 9:11 AM

Dear Thelma-we were sorry to hear of George’s passing. I am so glad that we had the opportunity to get to know George. He was always smiling and sharing his fun stories. We will miss our chats over McDonalds coffee and visits at Shoppers! We hope that you find peace and comfort in all of your memories. Take care Thelma. Deepest sympathy to you and your family. 

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