On January 29, 2008, George Duguay, a key leader and worker for the Canadian Theosophical Association, passed away at the age of 76 in Brampton, Ontario.
George was born and raised in Montreal and spent all his life there until 1988 when he moved to Toronto. He joined the Theosophical Society in 1957. During the past fifty years George was active in various positions and lodges. In the late 1950's he served as Treasurer of the Montreal Lodge. He later became a member of Isis Lodge in Montreal where he was active as a lecturer and arranged for publicity for that lodge. In the early 1970's, at the suggestion of the then International President of the T. S., Mr. John Coats, that in Canada there should be some Theosophical activities for French speaking members, George helped establish what eventually became Christos Lodge in Montreal. He served there as President for a number of years.
In 1988 George was transferred to the Toronto area for his work. And it was then that he joined York Lodge in Toronto. Also, in 1988 George served as Regional Secretary for the Canadian Federation for a one-year period. In 1993, the year of inception of our national magazine, The Light Bearer, he helped in its production.
The year 2000 was a significant one for George, when he took retirement and was elected as Regional Secretary of the Canadian Federation of the T. S. (a forerunner of the Canadian Theosophical Association.)
Not only his involvement in Theosophy, but also his years in the work force, provided George with a wide range of experience. He worked as an accountant for an insurance company, as well as holding various supervisory positions in the fields of import and transportation. One of the most challenging aspects of his work in transportation would certainly have been negotiations in labor agreements with the teamsters unions and in dealing with labor grievances.
In 2001, George played a key role in writing the By-laws and overseeing the Incorporation of the CTA (Canadian Theosophical Association) when he became the CTA's first President.
George did much fine work for the CTA, and continued to serve until he drew his very last breath. During the last few months of his life, when he was ill, he continued on with his responsibilities as National Treasurer, as well as doing most of the work of the CTA Secretary while in the process of training a new officer to take on that role. George was our Webmaster, and he had created a very sophisticated and complex website with over 800 online documents, which is utilized by universities and Theosophical organizations from around the world.
Furthermore, right until his death George looked after the printing and distribution of The Light Bearer as well as continuing to serve as Secretary/Treasurer of York Lodge.
From Canadian Theosophical Association
FEBRUARY 2008 NEWSLETTER
George Duguay gave decisive and fraternal assistance and support to the webmaster of the present website Theosophy in Slovenia, as well as to many other webmasters and translators around the world. We all express our profound gratitude for everything he has done for us and for the spreading of Theosophy around the world and will try to do our best to continue his excellent work.
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