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Horsburgh, George Alexander

George Alexander Horsburgh, beloved husband of Esther Horsburgh of Stavely, formerly of Nanton, passed away at the High River Hospital on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005, at the age of 83 years. Besides his loving wife, George is survived by his children, Anne (Richard) Livingston, Keith (Tami) Horsburgh, Helyne (Merv) Shusheski, Chris Horsburgh, Gene (Irene) Horsburgh, Robert James (Sue) Kemmis, Ronald Swords, Berdie Burdick, Kathy Swords, Judy Ann Swords, Irene (John) Talsma, Linda
(Dale) Housser, Mark Douglas Swords, Betty Jane Swords, Gary Swords, Donna Marie (Gus) Jackson, Lill (Joe) Fletcher and Julie Swords, 49 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Margaret Furman of Fort Macleod and was predeceased by a son James Swords and a sister Lillian Hatton. Born at Fort Macleod on Aug. 18, 1922, George grew up at Fort Macleod before serving overseas with the Canadian Army during World War Two. In 1945 he married Moya Maurice in England and five children were born to that marriage. After the war he farmed at Fort Macleod before moving to Nanton in 1953. At Nanton George worked at various occupations including drayman, general contractor and drove school bus for 19 years during the 1960s and ยน70s. He also demolished 19 grain elevator annexes in southern Alberta as well as many houses and barns. George spent much of his time recycling the wood from these buildings making many planters, swings, mini-barns, toys and furniture for family and friends. Many will remember him shingling a roof, siding a building or building a home. He was a phenomenal carpenter and he built and remodelled many homes in the Nanton area including many of his own. George and Esther were married on Nov. 11, 1978, at Fort Macleod. In 2000 they retired to Stavely. Since his retirement they have enjoyed camping and touring to visit their family members. George was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion for 59 years. George and Esther each had large families and taught their children the values of hard work, determination and family. The families have successfully grown together within that marriage union. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 1 p.m. at the Nanton-Parkland United Church. The Rev. John Snyder officiating.

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