George Negrave

George Negrave, of Kamsack, passed away on August 7, 2017 at 85 years of age.

A funeral service was  held for George on Friday, August 11, 2017 at Andrychuk Funeral Chapel.

Interment  followed in Kamsack Riverview Cemetery.


George Negrave was born February 19, 1932 at the home of his grandparents, to Mike and Annie (Chernoff) Negrave. He was the oldest of three children. The family farmed in Saskatchewan near Benito, MB. He attended Bears Head School. He quit school at an early age as his help was needed on the family farm. On November 9, 1963 he married Tannis Rygiel at Kamsack, SK. For a short time they lived in Arran and Benito where Tannis taught school. On April 19, 1968 a daughter Patricia Dawn was born and an opportunity arose for farm land north of Arran, SK in the Thunder Hill area. They moved to the area and lived there for twenty-five years. During this time George hunted and trapped, served as Division # 1 Councilor for the Municipality of Livingston, was board member of the Benito Doukhobor Society, was a founding member of the Doukhobor Cultural Society of SK, was the SK representative on the CCUB Trust Fund Board for two terms and led many funerals and memorials in Benito in the accepted Doukhobor faith. In the fall of 1994, George completely retired from farming and they moved to 146 Fort Pelly Avenue in Kamsack where they became involved with the Kamsack and District Prayer Home, the National Doukhobor Heritage Village Inc. and the Centennial and Heritage choirs. During his retirement he read many books about the Doukhobors and their history. He watched the news and the documentaries on TV and was very concerned about the plight of the world. In recent months he spent many hours reading and re-reading the “Book of Life”. In the last few years, his health began to fail. After a short battle with lymphoma and a very weak heart, he passed away peacefully in the early hours of Monday, August 7, 2017.

He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife of 53 years, Tannis; their daughter Patricia Dawn of Ottawa; his brother Andrew (Lovette) of Apline; his nephew Miles (Beverly) and their children Rachel and Riley; his nieces Joanne Didur and her children Lynette and Dawson, Loretta (Brian) Cook and their son Logan, Debra (Orest) Nimetz and their sons Calvin and Richard, and Tammy Legge; his borther-in-law and sister-in-law Alvin and Bernice Makowsky and their daughter Suzanne (Rick) Achtymichuk and their children Matthew and Julianne. Also many relatives on the Negrave and Chernoff side of the family.
May he rest in peace.

If friends so desire, memorial donations may be made in George’s memory to the National Doukhobor Heritage Village, Box 99, 1 Ave S, Veregin, SK S0A 4H0

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  1. Stan & Judy Stone says:

    With sympathy to Tannis & Patty!

  2. Loretta, Brian and Logan Cook says:

    Tannis and Patty – We are grieving in Calgary for our loss of Uncle George. I wish we could be there on Friday. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  3. George & Maxine Stinka says:

    Our condolences to you Tannis on George’s passing. We always enjoyed visiting with him and found him to be a very interesting man. May the life you spent together leave you with wonderful memories that will help you through this difficult time.

  4. Cindy and Andy CInkant says:

    Patti and Family .. We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Cherish his memories as they will bring you strength in the months ahead. xoxo

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