Georgina  P. Surgenor 

Georgina  P. Surgenor 

(December 29,1919

– July1, 2011)


Georgina passed away peacefully on the morning of July 1st, while attending a long awaited family reunion. Her passing brought to a close a very special life. She was a mother to four, a grandmother to twelve and a great-grandmother to fourteen. She was a long time member of the Eastern Star and Pythians. She was known for her humor, her wit, and the quality of her friendship.


Georgina was born on the family farm in Mud Bay on Vancouver Island. She attended elementary school in Fanny Bay and completed Grade ten in Comox before the reality of the depression forced her to return to the farm to help her parents get through some very tough times. She married Earl in 1939 and they enjoyed sixty seven years of marriage before his passing in 2006. Earl and Georgina had four children: Neil, Lorne, Everette and Gina. Neil’s passing in 2009 was a source of great sadness for her.


She was known for her cooking as well as her sewing and knitting skills. She could milk a cow, chop wood, shuck oysters, or serve as a deck hand on their gillnetter when they went north to fish. She was a loving mother and a compassionate friend. She was a learner, had an active mind, loved to travel and was a keen follower of politics. Although legally blind, she was constantly listening to books provided by CNIB, especially those pertaining to the American Civil War. Above all she loved to dance.


She will be missed but her life will be celebrated by family and friends, not only for its quality but its quantity. She valued both immediate and extended family. Georgina possed an undefeatable spirit and never hesitated to take a stand on principle. She was the family historian and worked to help family stay connected. As one of her grandchildren said “Granny always said she was going to live life until they turned out the lights.” And she did. 


A celebration of Georgina’s life will be held on Saturday, September 10th from 2-4 pm at the Union Bay Community Hall in the Bill Woods Room. 


Should you wish to make a donation in her memory to the CNIB Library, you can do so by contacting CNIB at

1 800 563 2642 or go online at

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