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George Smyl

March 4, 1941 - January 13, 2017


It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of George Smyl on January 13, 2017 ~ Dad, grandfather, businessman, baseball player, fisherman and lover of all things St. Vincent Lake.  

George, born on March 4, 1941 in Edmonton, Alberta, was the eighth of nine children to parents, Ignacy Smyl (d. 1979) and Zofja Puzio (d. 1996).  George grew up in Goodridge, Alberta and in 1957 moved to Mayerthorpe to finish school and to start working with his brothers at Pioneer Motors. He met Joy Pfannmuller in 1959 and they married in 1962. That same year, they moved to St. Paul to join his brothers in the building of Smyl Motors.  

George spent over 50 years in the family business, as one of the successful owners and operators of Smyl Motors.  A gifted carpenter, designer and builder, he was happiest at the lake fishing, cutting lawn, chopping wood, playing horseshoes and adding more little buildings to the property year over year.

He was the proud father of four children and eight grandchildren who all loved him very much. George is survived by his sons, Fulton (Donna) and Byron (Carla Daniel-Smyl); daughters, Heather (Ron) Rose and Sharon (Jeff Norton); his amazing grandchildren, Adam Smyl, Maia-Joyce and James Smyl, Nicholas, Jacob and Emma Rose,  Benjamin and Robin Norton. His siblings are Leonard (Leona), Bernard (Polly), John (Mary d. 1999), Florian (d. 2012), Mike (Karen), Henry (Marlene d. 1978), Joe (Maureen) and Eileen (Wayne) Junck.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Cathedral, St. Paul. Reverend Father Gerard Gauthier will be the celebrant with interment in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, St. Paul. Luncheon to celebrate George’s Life will be held at All Saints Ukrainian Orthodox Cultural Centre. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of one’s choice c/o 5626 – 51 Street, St. Paul, Alberta  T0A 3A1.  To send condolences online, please visit www.gracegardensfuneralchapel.com. 

GRACE GARDENS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 5626 – 51 Street, St. Paul, AB T0A 3A1 780-645-2677


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From: Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel Staff

Grace Gardens Funeral Chapel Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Tom & Eva Kryzanowski
Relation: Friend

Sending our deepest sympathy on the loss of your father.

From: Doug Collins
Relation: Friend of the family

My deepest condolences to the Smyl Family. I have fond memories of George & will always remember him for his laughter.

From: Louise & Laurent DeChamplain
Relation: Live In Friends

Our thoughts and prayers to Georges family and friends during this very difficult time. We so enjoyed our many visits with him as an active member of the Lakeland Live In Society.He was such a dedicated prayerwarrior. RIP George till we meet again.

From: Gerry and Louise Kievits
Relation: Employee at Smyl Motors and friend

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. RIP George!

From: Gorodn & Louise Dunning
Relation: yes we knew him well

Our condolences to the Smyl Family. He was a very well known man. He is at peace, gone to God Jesus Amen

From: Darrell Drouin
Relation: Friend of the family

It is with sincere sorrow that we the Drouin’s express our condolences to George’s family & close friends. George has been a great community leader and founder and we thank him for his many years of service.

From: Ellie Peters
Relation: Old next-door neighbors

Sending my sincere condolences to Byron, Fulton, Heather and Sharon and their families on his passing. I have some good memories of some great neighbors. May YOUR memories sustain you today, tomorrow and always.

From: Brad Kotowich
Relation: Neighbors for many years

Wishing you all positive thoughts and memories!

From: Carol Sirant
Relation: Employee of Smyl Motors

To the Smyl Family.
Sorry to hear about the passing of George.
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at this
difficult time. Rest in Peace, George.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
January 18, 2017
Beginning at 1:00pm

St. Paul''s Cathedral
4625 - 50 Avenue
St. Paul, AB Canada T0A 3A0

4625 - 50 Avenue
St. Paul, AB Canada T0A 3A0

Memorial Gifts

If desired, donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of one’s choice c/o 5626 – 51 Street, St. Paul, Alberta  T0A 3A1.

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