OBITUARY

George Robert Pike

April 10, 1935January 6, 2019

Dad enjoyed a successful, award winning career in sales that began in Carbonear, NL where we resided until 1964 when we moved to Mount Pearl, NL. In February 1978, a business opportunity arose that resulted in our move to Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia. In 1987 Pike’s Paint and Wallpaper was established which was the main business under the Pike Enterprises umbrella. He thoroughly enjoyed accommodating his many loyal customers during those 16 years in business on Cobequid Road, Lower Sackville, and happily retired (for the first time) in 2003.

Our Dad enjoyed woodworking and carpentry and in his retirement years chose to keep busy working on various job sites with each one of his sons.

The musician in Dad, when he played in his band The Silver Bells and sang under the direction of Ignatius Rumboldt in The Glee Club was only the beginning of proving just how musically talented he was. He absolutely loved all forms of music whether it was singing, playing guitar, piano or harmonica. He could create beautiful music with just about anything…including the spoons. He sang in the church choir in both Mount Pearl and Knox United Church until just recently. Singing with The Men of the Deeps this past September was certainly a highlight not only for him, but also for the entire family. He surely treasured all of the sing songs we had together over the years with friends, but especially the impromptu family ones.

Among other things, Dad was quite the outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing on the Labrador in the early years or whenever the opportunity arose. He enjoyed curling and competed in many bonspiels. He was also a member and the first president of the Gyro Club in Lower Sackville. Even though he thoroughly loved Mom’s cooking, any time she left the house he would jump at the opportunity to have one of his unique concoctions cooked up for her when she arrived home. He actually couldn’t wait for her to leave the house in order to show off his culinary skills inherited from his Dad.

Our dear Dad was a man of simple means, yet a wonderful provider for his family. This selfless individual would help anyone in need and no doubt do without himself to help his family and friends. He loved when anyone dropped in for a visit with him and Mom and everyone enjoyed the story telling.

Our entire family, especially Mom and Dad, are truly grateful for the many wonderful neighbours that have always looked out for them and their wellbeing. We are truly thankful and very blessed to have such amazing people in our lives.

Our Father has always been a hero to us. However, he was also a hero to Gord, his brother in law, when he saved him from drowning, even though he couldn’t swim himself. (Good) deed done in ’61!

The attention he received from his health care team at the Halifax Infirmary was second to none. Our heartfelt thanks go out to each and every one of them.

Dad often said that he was content after having lived a long life, “more than three score and ten”, so we all know that he was ready to take the journey which gives us much relief and certainly helps to ease our pain.

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, January 11, 2019
  • Reception Friday, January 11, 2019
REMEMBERING

George Robert Pike

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Humphrey and Dorothea Vasseur

January 12, 2019

Dear Theresa,

We are saddened to hear about your loved one "George's" passing. With our deepest and cincerest Sympathies to you and your families.
You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Humphrey and Dorothea



Angie Burns

January 11, 2019

Derek THINKING of you with the DEEPEST of sympathy with the loss of your dad!! Sending you hugs !! Sincerely, Angie Burns (Squirreltown Rd.)

David and Sandra Grimes

January 11, 2019

To the Pike Family;

Our deepest condolences on the loss of your loved one. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

We are only getting to know some of the family - Glenn and Rhonda - and already know how very special they are to us.

Joyce & irvin Lucas

January 11, 2019

We are saddened to hear of George's passing.
Our sincerest sympathies to all the family.
Joyce & Irvin Lucas

Diane & Eric Oakley

January 9, 2019

To the Pike Family,

"How Great Thou Art" is how I will remember this wonderful man.

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad and difficult time.
My memories of George and his family go way back to the 1960's when we became neighbors, just up and across the street. We became wonderful friends and all of their children and myself went to the same school together for years. Even though George and Theresa had 6 children of their own, they always welcomed an extra little friend or more at the table during a meal or having a couple of extra kids to tuck in at night without batting an eyelash !! The crowd from St. Andrew's Ave in Mount Pearl, were one big , close knit, happy family. Everyone watched out for each other's children and it was like having a lot of Dads and Moms. In 1978, when the Pike family moved to Nova Scotia, you could certainly feel the loss to our neighbourhood - their presence was missed. I lost contact for a few years after they moved but my Dad would make contact whenever he was in Halifax for business reasons. I moved to Halifax in 1996 and there were many times when I felt like packing it all in and moving back home. My parents came to see me that summer and that is when I reconnected with the Pike family and the rest is history. I was invited up to their home on several occasions and was made to feel very comfortable, just like way back when !! I was there with them to celebrate new grand babies, marriages, birthdays and holidays and George always greeted me with open arms and a big hug and I felt like I was always welcome to be there. The family was there when I got married and George got up and had a few words to say about the bride and he and his family welcomed my husband into their lives as well. The way I will remember George is him playing the piano and singing "How Great Thou Art" - it was amazing. Rest in peace, my friend, I'm going to miss our chats and laughs. Until we meet again .....

Dave Thomas

January 9, 2019

Condolences to the Pike family. You are in our prayers in this period of sadness, God Bless you all.

Claudia Arsenault

January 9, 2019

Theresa and family,our condolences find comfort in knowing others are thinking of you during this difficult . Jim and Claudia Arsenault

Dwight (Dewey) Hennigar

January 9, 2019

To The Pike family, and I’ve had the pleasure of knowing most of you for awhile. I had only met George on a few occasions, my loss! But oh how he loved to laugh! A lot of times at his own expense, he didn’t care! Enjoyed playing cards, we made a pretty good team. Hard to beat two good cheats, the girls never caught on. And we shared some “Argentia” red, it’s better than the Argentina reds.😉
My thoughts and prayers to you all. May he Rest In Peace!🙏

Wendy Toussaint

January 9, 2019

Dear Theresa, Wanda and family,

Sending my deepest condolences. I am sorry to hear about the loss of George. As a young woman growing up I remember him always being there to lend a helping hand when needed. He was kind, generous and treated me like family. I have great memories of your father and it was a privilege to have known him. May you find comfort and strength in each other during this difficult time and I will keep the family lifted in prayer.

God bless you all
Wendy Toussaint

Henry Ellsworth

January 9, 2019

As a member of Knox we enjoyed his singing.