Sloan M.D., L.M.C.C., FRCS (C) , Dr. Wilfred George passed away on Monday, November 25th, in his 83rd year. George suffered heart failure at his home, in St. Thomas, Ontario. A former trustee and Chairman of the Elgin District School Board, a former member of the St. Thomas City Council and lifelong Elgin County resident, George practiced obstetrics and gynecology in St. Thomas from 1963-2001. Born in West Lorne, to the late Sarah (Schleihauf) and John Russell Sloan, George was predeceased by his dear wife Cela (McKillop) in 2011. He was also predeceased by his brother Bill and sister Wanita Webster. Loved father of Christopher, Robert, James and Andrew and cherished grandfather to Catharine, Amy, Meg and recently arrived grandson George Duncan. Dear brother of Wes (Fern), Jean Zimmerman, Gwen Campbell and Yvonne Collyer. He also leaves beloved sisters-in-law Mary Bailey, Lilias McKillop and Jean Allison and her husband Russ. George was educated at the University of Western Ontario and completed his residency at Grace Hospital, Detroit. He and Cela moved to Malaya in 1961 under Prime Minister Pearson’s Colombo plan, where he worked as a physician before establishing his practice in St. Thomas in 1963. In 1978 he moved to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he practiced for two years at the King Fahd Hospital. A dedicated and active resident of the community, George had a lifelong interest in education and spent several terms on the Elgin County School Board where he was a proponent for early childhood education and French immersion. George and his wife Cela established a charitable foundation to provide assistance to students seeking careers in education. Scores of high school graduates in Elgin County have been the recipients of Sloan-McKillop Scholarships, which encourage teaching as a profession. The Scholarships were named in honour of George’s and Cela’s mothers each of whom had been school teachers in one-room schoolhouses in rural Ontario. Along with Cela, George was a long-time parishioner of Trinity Anglican Church. George had a number of business interests in St Thomas, including the Salt Creek Farm Market where he enjoyed working during his retirement. For the last 50 years George spent his summers with his family at the family cottage in Port Stanley, a place which was very dear to him.
The family will receive friends at Williams Funeral Home, 45 Elgin St., St. Thomas for memorial visitation on Friday from 2:00-4:00. and 7:00-9:00 p.m. The memorial funeral service to celebrate his life will be held at Trinity Anglican Church, St. Thomas on Saturday, November 30th at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Thames Valley Education Foundation for the Sloan-McKillop Scholarship Fund. Condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.