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George Earl Gavel

December 21, 1937July 7, 2020

GAVEL, George Earl- Age 82 of Trout Cove Rd. Digby NS. Passed away July 7h, 2020 at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital. Born in Marshalltown, NS. He was the son of the late John and Elizabeth (Amero) Gavel.

George was a fisherman most of his life and was a jack of all trades. He loved to keep busy and help those in need. He loved being in the woods or out bush hogging the fields on his tractor in his Hawaiian shirt. Always ready to help, he looked after many of the summer resident’s home. With his warm smile, practical jokes and big heart. George was a friend to everyone, he was known as the mayor of Centerville; George will be greatly missed by many. He was a devoted husband and joins Gwen, his late wife who he was married to for 62 years, who passed away in 2015.

Survived by son, Jamie Gavel; brother, Steven Gavel; grandchildren, Alex and Jessica Gavel; great grandchild, Ricky Conrad. Nieces and Nephews. Special Great friends, David and Nellie Russell, Elizabeth Lore, Belinda Addington and Joan Campbell. Besides George’s parents he was predeceased by his wife Gwendolyn Gavel; sisters, Margret Hartlen, Annie Stewart, Kathryn Gavel, Stella Titus, Gertrude Graham.

Special thanks to the wonderful nurses at the Dialyses unit at the Yarmouth Hospital, who took such great care of him, and eased the burden these last few years. Cremation has taken place under the care of Jayne’s Funeral Home, Digby. There will be no service by request. Share a memory or leave a condolence at www.jaynesfuneralhome.com


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Chip Gasch

July 21, 2020

There are many memories of George, but two stand out.

When our family bought the old Ward House in the early 60's, I was up there working on replacing a bad sill on the back of the house. George came over with another neighbor, Willie Dakin, to inspect my work. After a while and some polite conversation, they told me ("you look here, young feller") I didn't know what I was doing. They were right. After about 5 hours of hard work and numerous trips back to their houses for tools, tractors, etc., we got it done right. I think the only discussion of any compensation was that they both invited me to their houses for dinner that week.

The second was just last summer. George had been over for a visit and told Jeffra and me that Gwen had taught him how to make her sweet potato pie. Said it was the best pie he ever had. Two days later, he showed up in his Hawaiian shirt with a sweet potato pie. I was out in the woods doing something. The two of them sat down and ate the whole pie, except for the tiny sliver they saved me. I didn't have much of it, but it was the best pie I ever had.

Georgie was one of the last of a breed on Digby Neck; the Old Guard. It won't be the same without him. Jeffra and I will miss him terribly.

Chip and Jeffra Gasch

Trevor Comeau

July 19, 2020

Georgie is a piece of history in Centerville. I lived next to him for 20 years and I never saw him idle, unless he was taking a nap in his shed.
One summer he has a bout of insomnia for a few days and cut and chopped wood for 2-3 days straight. I thought the constant noise would drive my mother nuts.
Winter time, when we used to get snow there would be a constant flow of snowmobiles waiting for his mechanical skills to fix. I remember one girl tearing the track off her sled and Georgie got it working again, somehow.
My favorite memories were of the men of the village congregating at Georgies shed to shoot the bull in the evening. There was always a something to talk about, mostly fish related I think.

Margaret Bouchard

July 16, 2020

George was a wonderful man, always there when you
Needed him. He loved and cared for his wife with
Dignity and honor. He also cared for many a person
And there property. He always had a smile for me and
An unconditional hug. I got to talk to him last month,
And for that short time we talked? I will hold it dearly
To my heart.May you rest now George along with your
Wife. I will love you forever and a day my friend.
Peggy Bouchard 🙏💔♥️

Pamela Robicheau Moore

July 16, 2020

My condolences, Rest In Peace Georgie.🙏🏻

Joanna Pengelly

July 16, 2020

Rest in Peace...You will be sorely missed in this community.

Paul Bouchard

July 15, 2020

Dear Jamie, Alex,Jessica, Belinda,David and Nellie
I am so so sorry for your loss.
George was not just a friend but family to me and my children particularly Paul Jr. Although aware of the stress dyalysis puts on ones system I am still in shock and in deep sadness at his actual passing.
"Help those in need" Did he ever. I do not know what I will do without him being there when I need him. We always called George first. He spoke for me and before I made a decision in Centreville I always called him for advice
When George reaches God's kingdom and Jahovah asks..
What he did to make his life worthwhile...
He can respond with a good deal of Pride and Satisfaction,
I served the good people of Centrville
With this theme in mind and as we say in the Navy to our dear friends WELL DONE!
Again my sincere condolences

Sherry Longmire

July 14, 2020

Every village has its characters and Georgie was certainly a special character in Centreville. He was a good friend and handy-man to our family--especially my brother Tony and mom Audrey (Booie) Titus. Rest in Peace Georgie.

Don Cameron

July 14, 2020

So sad to hear that Georgie has passed away. He was such a part of the Centreville community. He was always so helpful to all & to my Mom (Ruth Cameron) for so many tears. Rest in peace.
Don Cameron

Mary Grenkie

July 14, 2020

I am saddened by the loss of such a wonderful man. My condolences to his family.

Randy and Cindy Nesbitt

July 13, 2020

George E was one of the first people I met in Centerville. At the time I had no idea how important he would become to our family. I met him in 1981. He teased me the first time we met, and the last time I saw him he did the same. He was always there to help, to lend a hand. He was to our home countless times to fix something that we couldn't. And a piece of pie was all he asked in payment. He supported me whenever I asked for his help, and gave so generously of his time, and experience and wit. He spent a lot of time with Randy and I at the store, and came to check on Tyler every single time he was working alone. We all thought the world of him.
Time passes too quickly, and the last few years, especially after Gwen passed, our visiting was done over the phone.
I doubt that there are 10 people who live on the Neck that don't know George E. He left a mark wherever he went. The good ones are remembered long after they are gone, and this man will never be forgotten! With much love, the Nesbitt family in Moncton wish you peace George E! xoxo