George Henry Loewen
1 November, 1931 – 22 April, 2021
It is with sadness that the family of George Loewen announce his passing on April 22, 2021 at the age of 89. He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 62 years, Herta; four children—Evelyn, Leona, Ruth(Matt), and George Jr.; two grandchildren—Jillian and Meredith; and sister Helen. He is predeceased by his brothers Henry and Peter. George was born in a Mennonite community in Ukraine. After his father was taken from them, he made the trek across Europe, the Atlantic Ocean and Canada with his mother, brothers and sister arriving in Chilliwack BC in 1948. He learned English, attended East Chilliwack Bible School, was baptized, and worked throughout the Fraser Valley in farming and construction (stucco). He married a pastor's daughter, Herta Thielmann, in 1959 and they established a home in Clearbrook raising their family.
George's aptitude for numbers opened up a career in book-keeping and administration. His penchant for neatness and detail rendered beautiful ledgers. In addition to participation in church life, he brought dedicated service to various community associations: Tabor Home, Canadian Mennonite Health Association, Clearbrook (now Envision) Credit Union, Clearbrook Waterworks, Abbotsford Diabetes Association, Association of Christian Schools International—Budapest Office, and the Canadian Volunteer Income Tax Program. He was as capable in a Board of Directors meeting as he was happy to pour coffee with the South Abbotsford Church catering crew. George was humbly ready to make whatever contribution he could to make life better for others.
He loved nature and enjoyed looking out over mountain ranges, ocean views and colourful gardens. He took pleasure in travel, golf, hot springs, walks, a tasty sandwich and friendly conversations over a cup of coffee. In George's retiring years, his two grand-daughters were a particular source of pride and joy. He generously encouraged them with his time, personal attention and resources.
Numerous fun-loving friends and relatives enriched his years. During his final days in hospital he insisted, over and over again, that all his family and friends know how thankful he was for their friendship and love! We will miss his companionship and cherish the example of true discipleship he gave us. George left us expressing an immense desire to enter eternal life with Jesus—a profoundly grateful man, knowing he was richly blessed and dearly beloved.
The family is especially grateful to the Abbotsford Regional Hospital women and men who gave their best to care for him. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Logos Canada Foundation (PO Box 2249 Station A, Abbotsford BC. V2T4X2)
Due to Covid regulations, an invite-only graveside service is being held on Thursday April 29, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. For those wishing to watch, the service will be live streamed at the following link: https://www.legacystreaming.com/dignity-abbotsford/
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
George Henry Loewen
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10 May 2021
I remember George's curiosity and acceptance of ideas, no matter how much he may have disagreed with them. He was a good man and the world could use more like him.
7 May 2021
I haven't seen George recently, mostly due to the pandemic, and it was with shock and sadness that I heard of his death. George was a truly good, humane, and dignified individual. I will miss him so much.
23 April 2021
Hello to the Loewen family! My condolences to the whole family! Herta, your life will be very empty without George.
I have such wonderful memories of George and you!! Memories don't die! I wish you Peace as you transition to a new way of life.
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Peace and Love to the whole family,
Safe in the arms of Jesus!