November 8, 1953 – May 12, 2021
It is with profound sadness and grief that we announce the untimely passing of George Katchmar after a heroic battle with cancer. George was a wonderful husband, father, brother and friend to many.
Known and loved by many in 100 Mile and area, George was born in Golden B.C. on November 8, 1953. During the early years, he and his family moved throughout the province where his father found employment in road construction. In 1957, the family settled on 20 acres of land at 93 Mile House.
George attended school at 100 Mile Elementary, 93 Mile Elementary and 100 Mile Senior Secondary where he excelled at everything shop-related and, of course, was a natural at mathematics.
He grew up enjoying all aspects of the Cariboo and all it had to offer. Being adventurous he found many places to hike, bike, camp, hunt, fish, swim, sled, ride, ski, or skate.
While in his twenties, he completed flight training, earned a private pilot’s license and became a member of the 100 Mile Flying Club. There was nothing that he wouldn’t try or put his mind to, although with varying degrees of success.
He started with toy trucks and bulldozers. Next came a bicycle, dirt bike, snowmobile, Ford pickup and then a gravel truck and grader, all accomplished by the age of 18. George went on to become an equal partner in the founding company “Katchmar Enterprises Ltd”. He continued to operate his own company “Katchmar Construction (1997) Ltd.” at 93 Mile to the present day.
George was known by all as an honest, reliable, hard-working and respected man. His easygoing, pleasant nature made him one of a kind and liked by all. He was never too busy to lend a hand or help a stranger.
His true calling was road building and construction where he perfected his skill in every respect. If there’s a road in BC, there’s a chance it has his mark on it.
In later years, along with his wife, Cindy, they developed Aspen Ridge, the first new subdivision in 100 Mile in many years. George supported the community and donated generously to the construction of the new 100 Mile Arena and built the new soccer fields. He also donated a field which now bears the Katchmar name.
His legacy is a lifetime of excellence in the work he left behind.
He is survived by his loving wife of 28 years, Cindy. Daughters, Tami (Jason), Lindsay (Kurtis) and Lora. Grandchildren, Carter, Lily and Izabella. Sisters, Ruth (Jim), Joanne and Diane (Peter). Brother, Steve (Trish).
The family would like to express our immense gratitude for the wonderful care provided by Dr. Street, the nurses and staff at the 100 Mile Hospital.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the South Cariboo Health Foundation in George’s memory. Bag 399 100 Mile House, BC V0K 2E0
Celebration of Life to be held at a later date.
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