Our warrior, George McCluskey, gone? How is that possible?! It’s with a heavy heart that I announce this tragic news to be true. He beat his Stage 4 throat cancer to a pulp, learned to walk properly again after being hit by a car, even managed to survive almost 25 years with me and my autistic son (hey now!), but, in the end, he just couldn’t beat that last bite of pizza. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he grew up on the mean streets of Moss Park (Manchester, England) where he learned to take care of himself and fell madly in love with Manchester United. In 1986, he took a chance and came to Canada, sponsored by his beloved Auntie Rae. With his printing apprenticeship under his belt, he soon found work and started at The Printing House in 1989, a job he loved and excelled at for nearly 30 years until cancer reared its ugly head. More than 10 years of fighting, 33 shots of radiation, and 3 rounds of chemo finally took care of that, but it took its toll on his body. George always had an indelible spirit and a sparkle in his eyes, you just couldn’t keep him down, but the gift of cancer gave him the chance to share that spirit with even more people at a time when they really needed it. He was THIS close to becoming a peer counselor with Wellspring, a cancer centre attached to Sunnybrook for survivors and their families. After all those years of being a gift to so many of us, a shoulder to cry on and a one-man cheering section, he left two final gifts behind. So pleased to say his kidneys were successfully transplanted into two people with end stage renal disease. I hope they like Elvis. George’s Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, May 13th, 2023, at the Caribbean Coast (2570 Eglinton Ave. E.) from 4-8PM. Yes, of course there’ll be karaoke, it became the highlight of his week. And, if he has anything to do with it, it will be as epic as his 60th birthday was at the same place last summer. Come and share one last beverage with our George. Gone but never EVER forgotten.
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