George A. Wearring
Wearring, Dr. George Arthur - passed away peacefully at Chelsey Park Long Term Care on Sunday, March 3. Beloved husband of Marilyn (Krueger) Wearring and loving father of Matthew (Kate), Colin (Diane), Andrew (Denise) and Joel (Elaine). Special grandpa to Bronwyn, Bevan and Scott. After a successful school career, including football and basketball, at both Central Secondary School and The University of Western Ontario, George was a member of the 1952 Canadian Olympic Basketball Team. George enriched many lives through his teaching and coaching at Leaside High School in Toronto and the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, completing the last 27 years of his career as a professor of health at the University of Western Ontario. A gentle giant, George was a regular volunteer at Parkwood Palliative Care and The Sisters of St. Joseph's Hospitality Centre. He will be missed by family and friends. A special thank you to Sue W. and the staff of the 4th floor at Chelsey Park Long Term Care for their compassionate care and concern. Friends will be received at James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond London, on Wednesday, March 6 from 2 to 4 pm and 7 to 9 pm. A memorial service will be conducted at New St. James Presbyterian Church, London on Thursday, March 7 at 11 am. In memoriam donations can be made to New St. James Presbyterian Church or The Sisters of St. Joseph's Hospitality Centre, London.
The Johnsons on Sunningdale
March 3, 2013, 4:25 pm
We will miss George, our well loved neighbour, and offer you, Marilyn, your sons and their families, our deepest sympathy.
Rob, Margrit, Chelsea, Hayley and Wesley
March 3, 2013, 7:58 pm
Marilyn and Family,
I am so deeply saddened by the loss of George, who was so important to me and who has been such a large part of our family’s lives for so very many years. I’m thankful for all that he gave me of his time and attention. He and, you, Marilyn have always made me feel at home in their house and I can’t imagine a visit home without a talk with George and the gift of his wonderful spirit. His was certainly a life well lived.
Bedford, Nova Scotia
Rob & Carolyn Deloyer
March 3, 2013, 8:17 pm
George will be missed by so many who appreciated his warmth and kindness. His smiles always brought a smile to the lives of others. I remember our visits together as a child and neighbour and George's caring nature. The Johnson family has always appreciated the support he provided to both my grandparents and my parents through the years.
My brother and his family continue to enjoy the privilege of having the Wearrings as neighbours. My dad so appreciated George's visits to him at Parkwood. George will always be remembered for the kindness in his eyes and the warmth of his smile. Both his soul and spirit live on in the lives of others. He will be missed.
Carolyn (Johnson) & Rob, Chris, Jamie & Michael Deloyer
March 4, 2013, 3:12 pm
My condolence to you Marilyn and family. I've known George since University years and later as a neighbour. I appreciated his warmth and generosity and wonderful athletic abilities. George was there when my Mother needed help when my Father was dying. We'll all miss you, "Tall Guy."
Love, Marilyn Sutherland and Family
March 4, 2013, 6:30 pm
I really appreciated Dr. Wearring's classes and counsel as a student at Western from 65-69 & 72-73. How comforting it was to have a teacher willing to disclose and be so human to his students, and to experience Marilyn's hospitality.
March 4, 2013, 7:10 pm
My sincere condolences to you all - Marilyn, Matthew, Colin, Andy and Joel. He was a great man and will be greatly missed. What wonderful memories you have of a life well lived.
March 10, 2013, 10:55 am
George Wearring was one of the Western Mustang greats. As a child, I attended both football and basketball games with my father. I remember well the 1949 Yates Cup Championship game at Varsity Stadium in which George played so well. Thanks for the memories Dr. Wearring.
Doreen (McTaggart) Garrett
March 12, 2013, 1:16 pm
My sympathy to you and your family. What fond memories I have of good times shared at New St James when our families were young and you had Joel baptized the same day as our daughter. May God be your comfort and strength at this very difficult time.
March 19, 2013, 11:07 am
I was a teen-ager in those glorious Mustang years of the late 40's and early 50's, and George -- along with Paul Thomas and Glen Pettinger -- was one of my heroes. In the winter before the '52 Olympics I would drive to Tillsonburg to watch the Livingstons, such was my passion for the team. Later in life I would be out for a Sunday run along the 6th, and often saw George walking the dog. He was a gentle, lovely man and many will miss his presence. I regret our paths did not often cross, but he certainly enriched my life.
May 2, 2013, 12:55 am
I am saddened to learn of Dr. Wearring's passing. I was a student of his when he taught health education in the early 1970's at Western. And because of his influence and mentorship I pursued a Master's and then a Doctorate in health education - and then a career in health promotion over the last 30 years. On numerous occassions over the years when confronted with a complex or challenging health promotion issue I would ask myself - what would George do in this situation? In many ways his spirit lives on in the many students he touched and as a result our world is a better place.
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