George Sluman


After a long life, he died peacefully on May 8th, 2015, surrounded by his family. Predeceased by his parents, Charles Douglas (“Ted”) and Ileen Floretta (Baxter) Sulman; his sisters Patty Coulter, Jackie Keenan, Sally McKay and Sue Cumming. In 1949 George married Ruth Hasler, who predeceased him in 1980 and in 1982 married Ruth Gillanders, who also predeceased him in 1997. For the last 13 years, he has enjoyed a special friendship with Marie Boeckner. He is survived by his son Douglas A. Sulman Q.C. (Lynn), his daughter Sandra Booth (Rick), 6 grandchildren John, Allison and Peter Sulman and Aaron, Adam and Joshua Booth, and one great grandchild, Clara Booth. In the late 1940’s and 1950’s George was the radio voice of C.F.C.O. and later employed at C.K.L.W. and C.H.Y.R. radio stations. Following his radio career he found success in the automotive parts and distribution business. In 1974 the Lieutenant Governor appointed him, Sheriff of Kent, Ontario, making him Queen Elizabeth’s representative in the County. In that role he was in charge of all Court operations in Kent County.  He retired from that position in 1992. George served as a Trustee on the Kent County Board of Education from 1967 to 1974. He was active in his community, as a member of the Jaycees and a member of the Parthenon Masonic Lodge for over 65 years and as a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason for over 60 years. He retired as Chairman of the Lambton Kent  School Board Student Assistance Foundation, after 4 decades of dispensing funds to deserving students for college and university. He was a strong adherent of Holy Trinity Anglican Church and a member of the Bishop’s Men of the Diocese Huron.  In retirement, he spoiled his grandchildren and furthered his studies in Egyptology with a particular interest in the Mummy donated to the Chatham Museum by his family. He played at golf for over 60 years and while he never came close to perfecting the game.  He always enjoyed playing the proper way, walking the course into his eighties.  Through golf made many life-time friends.  Family and friends are invited to the Alexander & Houle Funeral Home, 245 Wellington Street West, Chatham, 519-352-2710,  on Monday May 11th visiting from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted at Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 81 Selkirk St., Chatham, on Tuesday May 12th, 2015 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Alan Knight officiating.  Interment Maple Leaf Cemetery, Chatham.  Friends planning an expression of remembrance are asked to consider Chatham Public Library’s Literary Angels program in lieu of flowers.  On-line condolences may be left at  A Masonic service will be held under the auspices of Parthenon Lodge #267 AF & AM at the funeral home on Monday evening at 6:45 p.m.