It is with great sadness the family of George D. Lister announce his passing at the Saint John Regional Hospital on Wednesday, October 26, 2022.
Born in St. Stephen, N.B., son of the late Paul Sr. and Grace (Coleman) Lister.
George grew up in St Stephen and graduated from St Stephen High School in 1964. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in January 1965. He achieved the rank of Aircraftsman, 1st Class and served as a Clerk Administrative Group 1. He was Honorably Released in June 1966. After his release from the military, he worked on the construction of the Harbour Bridge in Saint John.
In 1970, he moved to Calgary, where he lived for 52 years. He had various occupations throughout his life there, such as, fireplace installer and a dental technician. He later took LPN training and worked in a group home for the mentally challenged. A job that he loved. He retired as a Residential Support Worker in 2009.
George had a great love for all animals, especially for his horse, Rex. He was also part of the St Stephen Horse Riding Club which he initiated. Throughout the years in Calgary, he bred and raised cockatiels, had a dog named Teiger, and made a fishpond in his backyard.
George had many hobbies and interests. He loved riding horses and his motorbike in the early years. He enjoyed travelling, photography, camping, bowling, cross-country skiing, amusement parks, especially the rollercoasters. He was a member of the St. Stephen Horseshoe Pitchers Club and pitched horseshoes at the Canadian Horseshoe Tournament in Calgary, and the World Horseshoe Tournament in Topeka, Kansas.
In 2018, he returned home to New Brunswick and settled in Rollingdam. He spent his remaining years fishing from the brook in the front yard of his home he loved, gardening, raising his chickens, his "pet" rooster and three cats.
George is survived by his partner of 17 years, Bryant Germain, two brothers, Paul Lister (Peggy), Gary Lister (Betty), two stepsisters, Ingrid Morten (Dick), and Chris Straub. He is also survived by nieces and nephews, Nancy, Tanya, Marc, Bobby, Donny, and Debbie, several great and great-great-nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, George was predeceased by a younger brother Bobby and brother-in-law Steve Straub.
The family will receive friends at The S.O. Mehan & Son funeral Home Ltd., 23 Main Street, St. Stephen, NB on Sunday, November 6, 2022 from 3-5 PM.
A Celebration of Life will take place near his birthday in June of 2023.
For those who wish, donations in memory of George may be made to the Charlotte County SPCA or the New Brunswick Diabetes Association. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.mehanfuneralhome.ca