by Meredith Kimball, Dunbar Community Patrol Chairperson
On January 7 of this year, George Pinch died at the age of 87. He was born November 12, 1935 and grew up in Regina, Saskatchewan. He earned an engineering degree from the University of Saskatchewan, where he met his wife, Lorna, at a church function in Saskatoon. They married on May 4, 1957. After living in Winnipeg and Victoria, they moved to their house on West 22nd Avenue in 1966, where they raised their family. George worked for years at BC Hydro in the Power Smart program. For over 50 years he was an active citizen and a well-known neighbour in Dunbar who always had a cheerful word for everyone he met including children and dogs. George was an avid gardener and grew a fine tomato. He served for many years on the Dunbar Residents’ Association Board of Directors and as co-president with Susan Chapman.
George was a member of the committee that founded the Dunbar Community Patrol in 2005, served on DCP Coordinating Committee for 15 years, interviewed new patrollers, and was one of the most active and enthusiastic of them all. For 12 years he patrolled the most hours and his records of 102 hours in one year and a total of 942.25 hours over his career still stand. He and Lorna very generously volunteered their home for our Coordinating Committee meetings from 2004 until the start of the pandemic.
Patrolling with George was never dull. In addition to watching for problems, he had a keen eye for useful items someone had thrown away in a lane, including bottles to be recycled for money which he donated to Children’s Hospital. He was always friendly and I was often surprised when someone from the neighbourhood would approach us with, “Hi George, how are you doing?”
He will be missed by everyone in the DCP, the DRA, and many, many of his neighbours. If you would like to find out what made the DCP such a big part of George’s life for many years, please consider volunteering to do walk or bike patrols. Although the pandemic has made it difficult to train new patrollers, we will resume taking in new members as soon as possible. If you are interested, please leave a phone message at 604-222-9824, send an email to email@example.com or visit our webpage at www.dunbar-vancouver.org.
Sadly, after this article was written, we received word that Lorna Pinch died on February 15, 2022. To the Dunbar Patrol, it feels like an era has passed with both of these wonderful community members gone.