Klem, George Walter

It is with profound sadness that our family announces the passing of our family Patriarch, George Walter Klem, Age 75. He passed away peacefully October 6, 2021, at Health Sciences North, with family by his side.  George had a huge passion for trains. His hands were always busy building the most beautiful and elaborate train layouts. He was the kindest man with the biggest heart you’d ever meet. George made friends everywhere he went, and he loved being a storyteller. Often the stories were about his days fishing and moose hunting, his 36 years as a paramedic, his grandchildren, and trains of course. He loved picking wild blueberries and camping with his family.  He cherished his family above all. He was a provider for his family from a very young age. George was always seen with a smile on his face, even through difficult times with his health, he never complained. We will hold his love for us in our hearts forever.  George is survived by his loving wife of 53 years Diane, Children: Ron (Calli), Stephen (Joanna), Jennifer (Elliot). Grandchildren: Alexandra, Aedan, and Stephen. Sister Gail (David predeceased). George is Predeceased by his Dear Mother, Carol, and Brother Gordon.  The family expresses sincere gratitude to the staff at Health Sciences North, the doctors and especially nurses who helped us all during the most difficult final days with compassion. The family also thanks the health care workers at Extendicare for their kindness and care for George over the years. He was loved by both residents and staff there. He loved to play bingo, always winning prizes for his Diane.  In keeping with his wishes, there will be no funeral or visitation. Cremation has taken place.  Donations made directly to the Canadian Cancer Society in George’s memory are welcome in lieu of flowers. 


5 Condolences

  1. Dear Diane Klem and Family. Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss.
    Dan Jeanveau

    By: Dan Jeanveau
    October 10, 2021
  2. George came to live with us when he was 16 and I was 18. It must have been difficult for him because he really didn’t know our family well but he never complained. We were buddies, George and me. There are so many good, happy memories I have of George. We had the 2 bedrooms on the third floor and spent many hours talking. If I wanted to go to a movie, he was right with me. We even went to prom together with our dates. We would jokingly argue about whose turn it was to do the dishes. After a major car accident, George went running along the 400 highway to save my mother’s canary. That’s the kind of person he was. We even got married the same year…George in August and me in October. He was always smiling, happy, enjoyed life.
    To Diane, our deepest condolences and love to you and your family.
    Helen and John

    Those we love don’t go away,
    They walk beside us every day.
    Unheard but always near,
    Still loved, still missed, and very dear.

    By: Helen (cousin) and John Spizarsky
    October 9, 2021
  3. George came to live with us when he was a teenager. George was my big brother. George was a very good artist. I have many good memories growing up with George. Lawrence and Marian Yaniw.

    By: Lawrence Yaniw
    October 8, 2021
  4. Dear Mrs. Klem and Family. Please accept my deepest condolences on your loss. Mr. Klem always brightened my day at Redwood Acres.

    By: Merd Bolander
    October 8, 2021
  5. Kevin and I are saddened to read about George’s passing. George was Kevin’s mentor when he became a paramedic as well. Kevin worked many years along side of George and learned so much, especially to be kind, be passionate and to care about others. George wore his heart on his sleeve. Heaven has certainly gained another Angel.
    Condolences to all who love him.

    By: Kevin and Cathy Branch
    October 8, 2021

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