Obituary of George Babits
BABITS, George Joseph, B.A.Sc., C.A.- It is with profound sadness that the family announces the passing of a beloved husband, father and grandfather. In his 68th year, George died peacefully on April 15, 2003, surrounded by his loving family, following a courageous and inspiring 3-year battle with kidney cancer. Having overcome an initial 4- month prognosis, he never gave up the fight. George will live forever in the hearts of his beloved wife and soul mate of 42 years, Katherine, his devoted sons George (Wendy), Thomas (Trisha), and Christopher (Jennifer). His grandchildren Monica, George, Matthew, Paul and John will all miss their dear 'Papa.' The family regrets that he will miss the births of his twin grandchildren due in less than two weeks. Also mourned by his brother Pal, sister Anna and many nephews and nieces in Hungary, as well as his many friends in Canada and around the world. George was predeceased by his parents and his brother Laszlo. Born in Debrecen, Hungary, George was a champion weightlifter in his youth, winning numerous regional and national titles. While attending the University of Sopron, he left for Canada as a refugee during the 1956 Revolution. He completed his degree in geological engineering at the University of Toronto, and went on to become a Chartered Accountant. George began his career at the accounting firm Ernst & Ernst, followed by more than 27 years at Imperial Oil Ltd., where he had the opportunity to combine his scientific knowledge with his financial acumen. After retiring from Imperial in 1991, he continued to work in his own accounting practice until his death. Throughout his life, he generously volunteered for numerous organizations, including many in the Canadian-Hungarian community. His sense of charity seemed to know no bounds. He always gave of his time, energy, knowledge and expertise, freely to those in need. George's greatest passion was his family and his legacy will live on, because it was as a husband and father that he had his greatest cuccess. His love and devotion to his family was boundless, and he has left his children with a great appreciation for the importance of family, education and respect for others. He was the greatest role model that his sons could have possibly asked for, and he will forever be in their hearts. Father we love you. Many thanks to the fine medical professionals who helped George in his battle and treated him with exceptional care and respect. Drs. Bukowski and Cohen of the Cleveland Clinic, Drs. Tsihlias and Waddel of the University Health Network, Drs. Kugler and Strauss of Gottingen, Germany and their pioneering vaccine therapy program, and Drs. Bjarnason and Smith and the team at the Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre. The family will receive friends at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home (6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles), on Tuesday, April 22, 2003 from 7:30-9:00 p.m. The funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, April 23, 2003, at 11:00 a.m., at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church (432 Sheppard Ave. E.) Donations to the Sunnybrook Foundation TSRCC Fund 9182 To Support Kidney Cancer Research (In Memory of George J. Babits) c/o Dr. Georg Bjarnason, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5, would be appreciated. Messages of Condolence may be placed at www.rskane.ca.