Oswald Julius Hamilton George
April 15, 1943
San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago
March 29, 2019
It is with great sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Ozie George on Friday, March 29, 2019 at the age of 75 years. He was beloved by many for his incredible talent as a musician, husband, father and leader in the Trinidad & Tobago community here in Calgary, Alberta. It is an understatement to say that playing the steel pan was his hobby, it was his passion. He was one of the very few who had vast knowledge of interpreting music and performing to the highest degree in his profession.
Ozie is survived by his wife of 37 years, Sherry Rudder; his children, Shauna (Gillespie) George, Jay Rudder and Justin Rudder (Anelia) and Cheryl George. He also leaves behind his granddaughters, McKayla and Adriana.
Born in San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago, Ozie migrated to Canada in 1969. He worked several years with Cardinal Coach Lines and then followed up with the City of Calgary as a bus driver in which he retired in 2013 but his first love was always for music specifically the steel pan which was applying theory, teaching others and refining his own craft. He had a great love for his culture and lifestyle of T&T that together with Sherry Rudder they opened up the T&T Organettes Canadian Cultural Association in which they could share the cultural experiences with the Calgary public. That translated into an active steel pan band that performed in multiple functions that include the famous Calgary Stampede for over 25 years to cooking authentic Caribbean food and participating within Globalfest. It has also acted as a home away from home for newly landed Trinidadians within Calgary. There is a lasting legacy that Ozie had created through the course of the organization that has touched so many people’s lives and he will not be forgotten.
A Celebration of Ozie’s Life will be on held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm at the Winston Heights Community Hall (520 - 27 Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB).
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ozie’s memory to Heart and Stroke Foundation