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George Barrett (1884-1963)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Whitehorse Star - Thursday, May 9, 1963

Funeral Rites for George Barrett in Whitehorse, 1963.

    Funeral services were held at Christ Church Cathedral May 6 Monday afternoon at 2 for George Barrett who died May 1 after a lengthy illness in Whitehorse General Hospital, Mr. Barrett had been a resident of Tagish for 37 years.

    Mr. Barrett was born in Bristol, England, in 1884. He married the former Margaret Silverthorn at Prince Rupert, B. C. on May 16, 1917.

    The late Mr. Barrett worked with the Government Telegraph in British Columbia before coming to the Yukon in 1926 where he owned and operated a mink farm at Tagish for several years prior to the death of his brother, Edward, when he again took over the duties of telegrapher until the old line was closed to Atlin and Dawson City.

    Surviving are his loving wife, Margaret; one daughter, Rose Knutsen of Yellowknife, N. W. T.; one son Leonard George of Whitehorse and four grandchildren.

    Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Canon A. L. Privett. The W. J. Morris funeral home was in charge of arrangements.

    Pallbearers were Bill Dickson, Charlie Taylor, Bob Taylor, Jack Nicholls, Jerry Johnson and Gus Gaensbauer.

    Floral tributes were received from the family, his daughter Rose and family, Alex and Annie Munro, Betty and Norm Munro, the Ericksons, Ross Peebler, the Langs, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Petersen, Harold and Dorothy White, Mr. and Mrs. Bill Broad, Gus and Louise Gaensbauer, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Nicholls, Art Hall, Don and Anne Graham, Grace and son Bill, Geoff and Mary Bidlake. Donations to Cancer Society, Edna and George Cooper.

    We wish to express our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to our many friends for the kindness and sympathy shown us in the loss of a beloved husband and father; for the beautiful floral offerings and messages of sympathy. Special thanks to Dr. W. R. Buchan, nurses and staff at the Hospital, also the Pallbearers.

            "Mrs. Barrett and Family".