William "George" Klages Sr. , age 80 years, passed away peacefully at St. Joseph's Hospice with his family by his side on Saturday evening, February 25th, 2006. George was born and raised in Slate River, the son of Gottlieb and Augusta Klages. George went to school in Fort William and in 1942 joined Great Lakes Paper Company. When he turned 18, George enlisted and served in the navy during World War II. After the war in 1946, George married Laura (Allen) and they moved to Rosslyn Village. George resumed his job at Great Lakes and he worked there for 44 years, retiring in 1986. George was active in his union (Local 39) especially on the pension committee. He also served on the Paipoonge Council and on the ChildrenÇs Aid board. Upon retirement George and Laura took up winter residence in Harlingen Texas for an enjoyable 14 years. Predeceased by his parents and siblings Henry, Charlie, Bobby, Felix, Mary and Eric. George is survived by his wife Laura; son Bill (Judy) and their children Kyle, Kris & Kurtis; son Robert(Lynne) and their children Christopher & Jennifer; daughter Cathy (Larry) Payjack and their children Johanna, David, Meghan, Laurel & Richard; daughter Debra (Ralph) Harris and their children Narayan & Shankar and Laura, Philip & Jordan; son David (Susan) and their children Amanda & Eric; daughter Laurie (Roy) Morancy and their children Katie, Bev & Crystal and 5 great-grandchildren. George is also survived by his sister Lena Adam of Port McNicol and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, March 3rd, 2006 at St. MarkÇs Anglican Church in Rosslyn Village. As per GeorgeÇs wishes, cremation has taken place and a private graveside service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to either St. MarkÇs Building Fund or St. JosephÇs Hospice.