JA Snow Funeral Home

339 Lacewood Drive, Halifax, NS


George Thomas Churney

September 17, 1938November 5, 2019
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George Thomas Churney, 81, of Bedford, NS, departed this life on Tuesday, November 5th while at home, after a recent cancer diagnosis.

Born in Glace Bay, NS, he was the son of the late Charles and Mary (Thomas) Churney.

At the age of 17, he enlisted in the RCAF and remained for over 20 years. In his early Air Force years he trained as an Aircraft Mechanic, and also assembled and maintained the BOMARC missile. He later became a Radar System Technician.

He served in Cold Lake Alberta, LaMacaza Quebec, Shearwater and Greenwood, Nova Scotia.

During his time in Greenwood he visited many countries while doing anti-submarine patrol duties over the Atlantic. This fueled his passion for travel, and in later years he enjoyed many trips abroad and was always making plans for “the next adventure”.

After retiring from the Air Force, he worked as both a Life and General Insurance Representative for CUMIS Life Insurance Company, the insurance arm of the Canadian Credit Union Movement.

During these years he was also the publisher and CEO of a weekly newspaper in Quispamsis, New Brunswick.

Upon retiring from Cumis, he actively sought opportunities to serve others and was a dedicated member of the Bedford Lions’ Club for many years, volunteering in various capacities, as well as managing the Bedford Club’s Bingo for 13 years. From 2015-2016 he was the District Governor. He supported the settling of refugees into Canada both in NB and NS. George was the proud recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellow Award for dedicated humanitarian services, from the Lion’s Club International Foundation.

He will be sadly missed by his wife and best friend of 30 years, Debby (Howatt); his children - Donna Lordly (Winston), John Churney (Christina), Karen Poulin (Jean-Jaques), Shaun Churney (Tara), and Darlene Churney (Mark), Michelle Keeping (Martin); his brother, Stephen Churney (Joan); and sister, Shauna Peach (Roy); as well as 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Besides his parents, he was pre-deceased by his brother, Charlie (Bubby) Churney.

The family would appreciate any donations in George's memory be made to the Bedford Lions Club, Immigrant Services Association of NS or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Arrangements have been entrusted to J A Snows Funeral Home. Visitation will take place on Monday November 11, 2019 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm at J A Snow Funeral Home, 339 Lacewood Drive Halifax, NS. 992-455-0531.


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Kathy Gallant

November 11, 2019

Dear Deb and Family,

I am sending love and hugs and sincere condolences your way.

I think you and George were a great match for each other and I am so happy you met him and spent so many years with him enjoying each other, your kids, grandkids and your dogs.

My Mom remembers George from the Bingos he ran and she thought he was a wonderful man. I know he did allot of good work with the Lions Club.

I will call you later this week once all the dust settles.

Love ❤️ Kathy XOXO

Darlene, Nick, Carly and Anja Mott

November 10, 2019

Rest In Peace George. You were a wonderful neighbour who always made us laugh. We’ll never forget the kindness you showed our children. From dressing up as Santa Claus to the waves and witty comments shared across the road, you will be missed.

Gord and Marlene MacInnis

November 8, 2019

Hi Debbie,

We are so sorry for your loss.

We really liked George. He was such a good guy and so much fun! We had some good times together eh.

He sure loved you!

We will see you Monday.

Gordie and Marlene

Gary and Arlene Peach

November 8, 2019

Debbie and family, Arlene and I so sorry for your loss. He was such a great guy. We always enjoyed his cheerfulness every time we met. Our thoughts prayers are you all at this difficult time.

Pamela Noel

November 8, 2019

Hi Debbie, I'm so sorry to hear about George. I remember when you two first met at one of the singles dances. Seemed you were meant for each other right from the beginning. I will see you Monday.

Pam Noel

Linda Baltzer

November 8, 2019

The Middleton & District Lions send their deepest sympathy to his family and many friends.....he will be greatly missed by all that knew him.

Eric Murrin

November 8, 2019

We were great friends growing up in no.11

Martin Blais

November 7, 2019

Papa George, you will be missed so much. You were one of the most generous people I have ever met. Reagan and Riley adored you and so did Michelle and I. Every time we spent time with you, I learned something new. We butted heads sometimes but I always looked up to you. We love you and miss you already. Rest easy Big Papa George. :(

Heather Baltzer

November 7, 2019

Our hearts are saddened by your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Heather and Paul

River John & District Lions Club River John

November 7, 2019

Sorry to hear of the passing of a fellow lion