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GEORGE J. JENKINS

JENKINS, GEORGE J. - The death of George J. Jenkins of 14 Elgin Rd., husband of Carmen A. (Ouellette) Jenkins, occurred at the Saint John Regional Hospital on Friday, February 15, 2002. Mr. Jenkins was born in Saint John, a son of Mrs. Ellen (Stackhouse) Jenkins of Saint John, and the late Charles Jenkins. Mr. Jenkins was a graduate of St. Vincent's Boys High School and St. Joseph's University. He received a Degree in Music from the Benedictine Monastery at St. Benoit du Lac, Quebec in 1950. In 1963 he received his Bachelor of Education from U.N.B. and in 1974 obtained his degree in Post Graduate Studies in Education. He had also attended St. Thomas University, Mount Allison University, and Notre Dame University in South Bend for French specialist courses. George taught in Saint John City schools for 32 years, being appointed Vice-principal of St. Malachy's High School in 1970. He directed St. Malachy's Choir for over ten years, earning many high awards for the school. For a number of years he was director of English Language House on the Fredericton Campus of U.N.B. He retired from teaching in 1988 and was later in the Public Relations Dept. of St. Thomas University. George joined Council 937 Knights of Columbus in 1963 and was elected Deputy Grand Knight in 1968 and 1969. In 1970 he was elected Grand Knight and again in 1971. In 1972 he was elected State Secretary for N.B., serving in that post for two years. He was elected State Deputy in 1974 and 75. As State Deputy he received the Supreme Knight's Award for two consecutive years. In 1978 he was elected Master of the Fourth Degree for N.B. and held the position for eight years. While Master, he established fourteen new assemblies and increased the membership by thirteen hundred members. In 1984 he received the "Master With Star" Award for obtaining his quota in membership, the first year for this honour was awarded. In 1978, after much research and many meetings with the Director of Leprosy Relief for Canada, he hosted a three hour Telethon that raised over $25,000. George was always active in the affairs of St. Ann's parish and the Villa Madonna Retreat House. In September of 1991 he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick as Liberal member for the constituency of East Saint John. He was pre-deceased by a sister, Lorraine Spear. Besides his wife and mother, he is survived by two daughters, Claire Jenkins of Fredericton, and Pauline, Mrs. Michael Price of Quispamsis; four grandchildren, Christian Robichaud of Fredericton, Alexa Robichaud of London, England, and Justin and Amanda Price of Quispamsis; and several nieces and nephews. Resting at Fitzpatrick's Funeral Home, 100 Waterloo St., from where the funeral will be held on Tuesday morning at 10:15 to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30. Interment will take place in St. Joseph's Cemetery. Visiting on Sunday and Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9. Members of the Knights of Columbus will gather at the funeral home on Sunday evening at seven o'clock for prayers.

 
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