George Joseph Cels

December 6, 1938 ~ November 1, 2021 (age 82)

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George J. Cels (1938-2021)

George passed away at home in Drumheller on 1 November 2021 at the age of 82. He will be missed by his many friends and family, especially his beloved soulmate, partner, and wife of 45 great years, Aline. Born near Kamsack, Saskatchewan and raised in Regina in a large family, he remained close to his surviving siblings, Joe, Phil, and Cathy (Basarsky). He will be mourned by his loving stepchildren: Chris Augey (Kathy), Kim Augey (Linda), Michelle Mayotte (Stew), Marc Cels (Indre Cuplinskas), and their families, including eight grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren.

His faith in God and the love of Aline empowered George to make many new starts after leaving Saskatchewan: in Colorado, Red Deer, Kelowna, Calgary, Winnipeg, Thompson, and finally Drumheller. Wherever life took George, he loved working and having fun with people: his siblings and cousins on the Barton farm, fellow students, teammates and golf partners, colleagues at the Catholic Archdiocese of Regina, employees of his restaurant, staff at Princess Auto, parishioners, and neighbours. George set his hands to many DIY projects and crafts, from welding and masonry to painting and carving. George always made music: in churches and community choirs and at family singalongs, even on his deathbed. Above all, George was a big soul, willing to share a good laugh or a tear.

The family is grateful for the care George received from the staff at the Sunshine Lodge, his physicians, and palliative care nurses. Please remember George and his family in your prayers. In lieu of flowers, consider donating to the Sunshine Lodge activities fund with the Drumheller and District Seniors’ Foundation: 696 - 6 Ave E, Drumheller, AB, T0J 0YS. A prayer vigil will be held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Drumheller on Friday, 12 November at 7:00 PM: due to COVID-19 restrictions, attendees must be masked and will be limited to 50. The in-person funeral mass on Saturday 13 November at 11:00 AM will be by invitation only. The family hopes to live-stream the ceremonies online: send an email to for the link. George’s final resting place will be the Catholic cemetery at Forget, SK.


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