HIEBERT – George David Hiebert

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    HIEBERT – On December 31, 2021 the world lost an incredible man, George David Hiebert at 91 years of age. He bravely fought his battle with cancer with the same dignity and quiet determination he lived his life, ne’er a complaint. George leaves an eternal legacy and an empty void in the lives of his children, Robert, Bradley (Valerie), Karen (Gordon) Grove, Donald (Tammy) as well as 14 grand children and 21 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by the love of his life, Olive after sharing 66 years of marriage on December 27, 2016. Also predeceasing him were his parents Cornelius and Justina and siblings Jack, Kay, Corny, Ben, Helen. Three siblings died in infancy/childhood. George was born the youngest of 9 children on August 13, 1930. Tragically when George was only 5 years old his father died which brought much hardship for the family. The difficult circumstances of his early life instilled in him the value of hard work, determination and perseverance. These characteristics formed the hallmark of the man George became. At the age of 19 he became a driller on oil rigs working alongside his best friend and brother, Jack. He became an industrious man, often working 2 or 3 jobs at a time. He owned several businesses throughout his life, unafraid of taking risks and trying something new. He was perhaps most well known for being the owner of the Crystal Cafe and L&G’s Steak Loft.  He also started the first Taxi service in Brooks in 1971, Brooks Taxi. Which is still in operation today. George retired at the young age of 84 and devoted his time to caring for Olive. His greatest accomplishment in life was the legacy of his family. He was an exceptional father and grandfather. He always made time to be present in his family’s lives. Daily, for many years, he would drive around town, checking on each of his kids to make sure they were OK. George was a generous, kind-hearted man who had a sincere interest in people and a life that represented the very best in humanity and humility. He was community minded and donated his services and time to help build the Centennial Arena and other projects in Brooks. He embodied integrity, was a man of his word, never held a grudge and sought to be a peacemaker. George loved a good joke, animals big and small and above all else his family. He was extremely thankful for all of the visits, especially when you brought sweets! We will sorely miss his dry wit, firm handshake, warm smile and sage words of wisdom. We take comfort in knowing he is resting in the arms of his Saviour, reunited with all the family that has gone before him, especially his beloved Olive. The family would like to acknowledge the wonderful care he received at Sunrise Gardens, Dr. Coetzee, and for the steadfast devotion his daughter Karen has shown for him, especially in the past 2 years. Funeral Services were held at 2:00 pm for family on Jan. 8 at Thom’s Funeral Home. Graveside Services followed at Brooks Cemetery. For further information or to leave a message of sympathy, please visit www.thomsfuneralhome.com or call (403) 501-1010.