HICKEY, George Sanford - (1922-2012) Passed away peacefully in his sleep after a year long battle with Cancer, on Friday May 25, 2012 at St. Mary's of the Lake Hospital in Kingston. George, in his 90th year will be sadly missed by his beloved wife and best friend of 60 years Nancy (nee Grant). He is also survived by his loving children Sharon McAllister (Bill) and Don Hickey (Violet). He will be lovingly remembered by his grandchildren Laura Morrison (Nathanael), Andrew McAllister (Denise), Hayden Hickey and Kristen Hickey. George is also survived by his first great grandchild Hannah Morrison. He was predeceased by his parents Sanford and Hetty (Sampson) Hickey and one sister Frances Carmichael. George was blessed with a long and wonderful life that touched many lives. He was full of love and compassion for his family, friends and his many former students. After graduating from Queen's University, he enjoyed a tremendously successful teaching career that spanned 40 years. It began at the Aultsville Continuation School and then moved to Osnabruck District High School in Ingleside, Ontario where he remained until his retirement. George was known for his love of history and was a respected local historian. He had a special love for the Lost Villages Historical Society and Museum and was a lifelong Montreal Canadiens fan. Early in his retirement years 'Papa' could often be found in his workshop crafting furniture for his children and grandchildren. George had an unfailing faith that never wavered even when he became ill over the past year. Visitation will be held at the BROWNLEE FUNERAL HOME MACDOUGALL CHAPEL 14815 County Road 2 Ingleside on Wednesday from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. [A SERVICE IN CELEBRATION OF GEORGE'S LIFE WILL BE HELD AT CHRIST CHURCH IN LONG SAULT ON THURSDAY MAY 31, 2012 AT 11:00AM.]. Reverend Stephen Silverthorne officiating. Interment to follow at St. Lawrence Valley Cemetery. A reception will follow at Christ Church Parish Hall. Charitable donations in lieu of flowers may be given to the Lost Villages Historical Society or the Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at www.brownleefuneralhomes.com11384947
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Posted by Joan (Donnelly) Ellis (Admirer) On Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Deepest sympathy to Mr Hickey's loved ones. His sweet kind nature left a lasting impression on my heart.
Joan (B: Farran's Point)
Posted by Melinda Wert ((former student)) On Monday, June 4, 2012
My condolences to the Hickey family on their loss. Mr. Hickey will always be around in the memories of all his former students. He was a passionate man about his work, and tried hard to instill knowledge to his students. I know myself some of it I remember and unfortunately some slipped between the cracks. I will remember him always saying make sure your facts are straight and your spelling correct.
My sincere sympathy
Posted by Shell-Lee Wert (former student) On Saturday, June 2, 2012
To Nancy, Sharon, Don and your families - please accept my heartfelt sympathy. Mr. Hickey (sorry, just cannot call him "George") was an icon at ODHS and certainly part of my life book of memories. May the passing of time ease your sorrow and fond memories sustain you.
With profound sadness...
Posted by Carol Harding (Former Student) On Friday, June 1, 2012
Dear Hickey family- As I travelled home from Montreal to Niagara today I stopped at the Ingleside service centre. While there I asked an employee about Mr. Hickey. I was totally shocked to hear of his passing. His kindness, his love of children, his ability to teach all we needed to know and most of all his interest in us long after we had graduated were never forgotten. He continues to be my hero in the world of education. My deepest sympathy to you and your family on his loss. He was the best!
He will be missed.
Posted by Dale Ault (Friend and former student) On Tuesday, May 29, 2012
My condolences to you Nancy and your family. George will be missed and fondly remembered in so many ways. He was very giving to friends, students, the historical society and anyone he encountered throughout life. My prayers and thoughts are with you.