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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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Relation: friend

Saddened and sorry to hear of George’s passing-a good man that always had time to say hi and give a loud laugh – sincere condolences to all the families – he will for sure will be missed! Please take care during this trying time and remember all the good times shared with him.

From: Brian and Lisa Martin
Relation: Friend

Sincere condolences to the Smyl families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

From: Eric and Grace Mickailyk
Relation: Friends

Our sincere condolences to all of you.

From: Eric and Grace Mickailyk
Relation: Friends

Our sincere condolences to all of you.

From: Valerie Ann MacKenzie
Relation: Emmaus Program

My sincere sympathy to George’s family and friends.

George and I were in the last three year Emmaus program. We had a great three years taking this program in St. Paul, Alberta.

The last time that I saw George was when we graduated in June of 2002.

I have such wonderful memories of George from this very important time.

To his family I hope that all the wonderful memories that you have will help you all in the difficult days ahead.

God love and bless you all and keep you all always in His care.

Valerie Ann MacKenzie
Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia

From: Claire J. Douce-Simmons
Relation: We attended the Emmaus Program in St.Paul.

My sincere condolences to George’s family and friends. George and I were in the last three years of the Emmaus Program in St. Edouard AB.
We spent three wonderful years on this program from which we graduated in 2002. May the good Lord bless and keep all of you in his care. Sincerely Claire J Doucet-Simmons, Cold Lake , AB

From: Sylvie Sauve
Relation: Emmaus Course 1999-2001 with George

Dear family, please know that George will be missed by many; even friends like myself that you might not know or remember. I trust that the love and support of your close friends and family will help you during this difficult time. I will pray for you. I can only imagine how George’s heart is burning with Joy on his heavily route to Emmaus; meeting our Lord Jesus! He will be welcomed home with open arms. May this Joy help you through this difficult time. Sylvie

From: Christophe Durieu
Relation: We attended the Emmaus programme

What I remember most from George was his presence, and his being present in the moment. He seemed to not value so much his outwards achievement that so many would only dream of. He struck me as an amazingly good man….seeking ways to become a better one. I don’t know whether George knew how he touched all of us… It seems that so often we are kept to see the impact we have on others! The good Lord bless you George, you and all your family.

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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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