It is with profound sorrow that the family of George William Lutes, 77, of River Glade, announce his passing on December 16, 2017 at the Moncton Hospital after a year-long battle with cancer. Born and raised in River Glade, he was the youngest son of Roy and Louise (Russell) Lutz.
During his teenage years and into his 20’s and 30’s, George loved to play baseball and hockey, playing with local teams in the River Glade, Petitcodiac and Elgin area, finishing off his "hockey days" as a player in the Petitcodiac Old Timers league. He was also a member of the Petitcodiac Golf and Country club for many years.
He met the beautiful love of his life, Marilyn Faye Colpitts, in 1966 and they were married in July of 1968, celebrating 48 years of marriage before her passing in September of 2016. George loyally cared for Marilyn, never complaining or asking for assistance, in a way that only those who knew him well could truly appreciate.
After 20 years of dedicated employment with Volkswagen Canada at the Henri Dunant Street offices, George moved on to work with Canadian Tire, after Volkswagen’s closing in the early 1980’s. His final employment prior to retirement, was with New Brunswick School District 2, as a custodial worker.
A well-known figure at the Petitcodiac arena, he faithfully attended the "Rec" league games, especially enjoying the play-off games and chatting with his many friends. Until the time that his illness revealed itself, making mobility an issue, George could be found each morning at 8 am, sitting with the guys at Tim Horton’s in Salisbury, catching up on the local news.
Young at heart, fun-loving and "full of the devil", George’s laid-back character will be forever missed by his sister, Beatrice LeBlanc (William), River Glade, NB, brother Stewart (Stu) (Glendine), Petitcodiac, NB, sisters-in-law, Brenda Colpitts, Victoria, BC, Myrna Lewis (Arnold), Middlesex, NB, Connie Fawcett, (Vernon), Ontario, Shirley Colpitts (late Ronald), Salisbury, NB, Marie Colpitts (late Vaughn), Salisbury, NB, ten nephews, eleven nieces, numerous grand-nieces and grand-nephews and friend, Judy Marshall.
In addition to his parents, he was pre-deceased by two nieces, Marlene Colpitts and Judy Lutes-Berry.
Resting at Salisbury Funeral Home, the funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at 2:30 pm with Rev. Chris Hayes officiating and a reception to immediately follow the service. Internment will be in River Glade Anglican Cemetery. In honoring George’s wishes, there will be no hours of visitation.
The family would like to acknowledge and thank Eugene Weagles for his numerous visits with George, both at home and in hospital. Your thoughtfulness will never be forgotten!
If desired, donations in George's memory to the Moncton Hospital Palliative Care Unit or a charity of choice would be appreciated by the family.