Jenkins, George R
George R Jenkins of Fairmont Hot Springs BC passed away in the lnvermere and District Hospital on January 21, 2023, at the age of 88 years.
He was predeceased by his sister Doreen and brother-in-law Ron. Lovingly remembered, George is survived by his wife Madeleine, his two sons Brett (Catherine) and Mark (Carla), grandchildren Ethan, Cameron, Emma and Lincoln, sister-in-law Yvonne Walters and many nieces and nephews.
George was born and raised in Coleman AB. Attended Mount Royal College and the University of Oklahoma, graduating with a degree of Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering in 1958. Upon graduation from OU he joined Amoco Canada and first became involved in their oil sands in-situ thermal recovery field testing in 1959 and supervised the Engineering operation of Amoco’s ongoing in-situ pilot project in the Athabasca Oil Sands until his retirement in 1989 after 31 years of service.
Being close to the mountains was perfect for George and the family, as fishing was his passion, heading to the East Kootenay for annual camping and fishing trips with family and friends. From the Elk Valley to every river or creek that flowed into the Kootenay, he fished them all. This was the perfect spot to retire, so in 1992 George and Madeleine settled in the community of Columere Park. George was also very active in many sports throughout his life, but fly fishing gave him the most pleasure. He passed on this enjoyment to his sons, grandchildren and many friends with the emphasis on learning life long skills. Also enjoyed trips to Las Vegas with family and friends all his adult life. Blackjack was his game where he could spend hours playing.
George will be missed by his family and friends, remembering the smile that he met people coming in the front door from his chair.
Cremation has taken place. A private gathering will take place at a later date. If so desire, memorial, tributes may be made to a charity of your choice.