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George Farrell

George Henry Farrell

Sunday, July 15th, 1945 - Thursday, October 17th, 2019
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In Loving Memory of George Henry Farrell
15 Jul 1945 – 17 Oct 2019.
Born in Battersea, London, George never met his biological father, who died in a fighter plane crash 5 months before George was born. As an only child with a single working mother, George found solace in nature, catching legless lizards, and beginning a lifelong passion for plants and animals.

In 1954, George moved to Canada with his mother Jean and her new husband Stan Farrell. In Toronto, George attended the newly opened Don Mills Collegiate Institute, where he excelled in cross-country running, football, and on the school’s championship basketball team.
George was a self-styled ‘Weekend Hippie,’ in Toronto’s Yorkville neighbourhood during the 1960s, where he later owned a photography studio. At Ryerson, George studied Radio, Television, and Journalism. During the 1980s, he worked in the Canadian film industry as a member of union IATSE 873, on productions such as The Terry Fox Story and Road to Avonlea. In 1988, George and his partner Michelle moved fulltime to their property in Gelert. Following a workplace injury, George reinvented himself as a documentary filmmaker, notably working on disability issue productions.

Later, George was employed solely in the Haliburton Highlands, writing for local publications and working at the Minden Hills Cultural Centre. He played an active role in the county’s arts and music scene, including singing in a blues band. He remained a resolute Toronto Maple Leafs fan.

George died on 17 Oct 2019 at the Haliburton Hospital from brain tumor complications. He is predeceased by his parents Stan and Jean, and survived by his partner Michelle St. Pierre and his sons Brendan and Tyson. Cremation has taken place. A celebration of George’s life, with music, is planned for the spring.
Memorial Donations to the Haliburton Highlands Health Services Foundation or the Nature Conservancy of Canada would be appreciated by the family, and can be arranged through the Gordon A. Monk Funeral Home Ltd, P.O. Box 427, Minden, Ontario K0M 2K0.
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    Cremation has taken place at Highland Park Crematorium
    Address
    2510 Bensfort Road
    PETERBOROUGH, ON K9J 1C5
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Jimmie Stewart

Posted at 03:42pm
I truly enjoyed backing George on drums at his Dominion Hotel debut with Cheeky Monkey .
A very sweet man. My condolences to Michelle and the boys.
DP

Donna Gagnon Pugh

Posted at 07:29am
George touched so many of us. Doug and I will always cherish the times we spent together at Live Poet events at the Dominion Hotel, hours spent discussing his book 'Lonely Lake', helping him find info on his Spitfire pilot bio Dad, George's gig as host on the SIRCH 'Hop On Hop Off' bus, his arts-focused articles in the Highlander and, of course, that time at Essonvilleapalooza when George bonded with Sheri Hawkins' goat. He'll very much be missed and our hearts are with his family during this raw time of his loss.
KT

Karen Treharne

Posted at 09:26am
Dear Michelle , Tyson and Brendan . We are saddened to hear of your loss . Thinking of you . George was a star , in so many ways . He will be missed by many people who’s lives he touched . We hope you find comfort in knowing many people loved him . X Karen and David , Mhairi and Alex .

Jan Braeckman

Posted at 10:14am
Dear Michelle, Brendan and Tyson: We are so very saddened by George's passing. He was the kindest man we ever knew. Thankfully, we have so many happy memories that will sustain us during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. RIP Dear George. We will always miss you.

Trish Smith

Posted at 11:17pm
We are honoured to have known you and been a part of your journey in life.
May you rest in peace our friend and shine bright with the angels above.
Trish Smith & Kenny Cadore
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