George Richard Laforme passed away peacefully in Victoria, BC on May 20, 2016. Born in Revelstoke, BC on January 9, 1942. George spent 23 years serving in the Canadian Armed Forces flying Sea King helicopters. The pinnacle of his career in the Navy was when he served as the Commanding Officer of 443 Squadron. In 1983 George and his family moved to Montreal when he began a new career with Bombardier Aerospace. In 1996, George and his family moved to Hong Kong when he became the Vice-President of Bombardier Business Aircraft Division, Asia-Pacific. George retired in 2002 and he and Dianne settled in Victoria B.C.
In 2015 they celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at their home surrounded by family and friends. George will be remembered as a great golfer, a gardener, a pilot, a soccer coach and a man who loved life and lived everyday to the fullest. His positive outlook was like sunshine.
George will be dearly missed by his loving wife Dianne, his two sons, Kent and Gregor, Kent’s wife Tamara Clarke, their children Aya and Koen (Grandpa was the best!), Gregor’s wife Jaime Siu, brother in-law Cliff Higano, sister Diane Harzan, as well as the family matriarch Margaret Laforme, and all our relatives and friends who have shared so many great memories over the years. George, we love you! Thanks for the memories. You will forever be in our hearts.
The Laforme family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Eric Shafonsky, Dr. Daniel Ovakim, their teams, as well as super nurses Shawn Stalker and Sara Sinclair.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at McCall’s Downtown, Johnson and Vancouver Streets with a reception to follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of following charities: BCSS – Victoria branch https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/3853 or African Book Box – https://www.canadahelps.org/dn/3160
Condolences may be offered to the family at www.mccallbros.com.