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Saturday October 7, 2017

Following 95 years of living life to the fullest, George died peacefully on September 30, 2017 in London, Ontario. Predeceased by his wife, Fiona, and his brother, John, George leaves a large family who will remember him fondly including his sister Sylvia; children Sheelagh (William Herd), Marilyn (Robert Shank), Phil (Tracey Black), Rachel (Denis Joffre); nine grandchildren (Meghan, John, Kevin, Adriane, Michael, Christopher, Geoffrey, Gillian, Allyson); five great-grandchildren (Owen, Landon, Paige, Charlotte, Jake); two nieces (Kathy, Jean); and one nephew (Patrick). George will also be remembered by his dear friend, Sheila Phillips. The family would like to thank the staff from At Your Service for Seniors, and the Western Counties Wing at Parkwood for their kindness and support in the recent months. George was the 12th Viscount Galway (peerage of Ireland). He was born on Friday, October 13, 1922, in Prince Rupert, British Columbia and spent his early years exploring the Saanich Peninsula and reading anything he could get his hands on. Growing up in the Great Depression taught him, of course, to be parsimonious and handy, and also to celebrate the small things. In 1941 George entered the Royal Canadian Navy. He was a participant in D-Day, and told gripping stories about his experiences and his friends in the RCN. He received six campaign stars and three medals and a clasp for the Second World War service, the most WW II service medals received by a member of the RCN. George served in the RCN until 1967 earning the rank of Lieutenant Commander. During his naval career, the Monckton family lived in Dartmouth, NS, Charleston, SC, Winnipeg, MB, Ottawa, ON, and Victoria, BC. Following his naval service, George started a second career as a stockbroker, working with Richardson Securities. In his free time, he pursued multiple hobbies including carpentry, metalsmithing, writing, painting, and played golf into his early 90s. George and Fiona moved to London, Ontario in 1971 and, although they traveled frequently, they never moved from London. George was a complete original whose combination of curiosity, intellect, quirky humour and engaging charm made him a delightful companion. He was unabashedly proud and supportive of his children and their families, and his friends. George was an excellent raconteur and an active listener who truly engaged in conversation. He showed us all that growing old can be defined by a youthful exuberance and an insatiable curiosity. There are many who will miss his stories, his questions and his hugs.
A celebration of George's life will be held on Friday, October 13, 2017 (his 95th birthday) at Michael on the Thames, 1 York Street, London, ON, from 5 until 8 p.m. George was a generous supporter of medical research. If desired, donations in George's name may be made to the Fiona Monckton Fund, St. Joseph Health Care Foundation in London, Ontario; or to Transitional Ovarian Cancer Research at the London Health Sciences Foundation, London, Ontario.

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