General News · 17th January 2021
I learned recently from his daughter Michele that George Frost passed away on January 7th, in London, surrounded by his loving family. I'd like to share some stories that George and others have told about himself.
Growing up in London, George remembered being evacuated as a child during the bombing in World War II, spending some interesting time in a hotel away from the city. About his work as a young man, George used to say, "I used to be a welder, but I'm all right now." Learning about Cortes from his sister Joyce, he immigrated to Canada and, with Hazel, for some years, ran the Whaletown General Store; then, turned the store into the Sunset Suite; then, chose to move back to England, allowing him to spend more time with his two daughters, Michele and Desdre, and their families.
My husband David and I got to know George and Hazel during our first year on Cortes. He and David worked on many projects together Along with other willing hands...Joe Cliffe, Serge, Mickey McGuire...they worked on expanding George's deck, building the addition to our house,, re-erecting his tv antenna, to name a few of their concerns. After a particularly wonky trip across the lagoon in a boat with a sputtering engine, George was heard to declare, “Perfect harmony between Man and Machine!" George took us fishing, and taught me how to catch my first (and last) salmon. On Thursdays, after helping George unload groceries, David and I always looked forward to a good conversation with George and our fellow workers, and a beer. Through all our years here, George was a good friend.
George loved this island, his cats, his friends, and his family. In many ways, a life well-lived. My life on this beautiful island is richer for having known him.