Dr. George F. Ibsen
Former Dartmouth City Councilor and well respected Chiropractor, Doctor George F. Ibsen, age 88, passed away December 30, 2012 while surrounded and being comforted by his family. Dr. Ibsen, born in 1924 at Canard, Kings County was the son of the late Frederick and Minnie (Norman). He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Velma “Vel” (Hancock), son Darren (Janet) of Halifax and daughter Lisa (Bruce Caddell) of Dartmouth. He is also survived by the lights of his life, grand-children Taylor, Madison, Sara, and Jack. He will be missed by his very special nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by brothers, Dr. Norman of Edmonton, Miles (Lloyd) of Halifax, Harry QC of Scarborough and Arnold in infancy.
George obtained his early education in Halifax schools graduating from St. Mary’s and the Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa.
A virtual pioneer in the chiropractic field, George established his clinic in the Woodlawn area of Dartmouth and served his patients’ needs for more than 50 years.
While extremely active in the community his entire life George’s main priority and dedication was his wife and family.
He was elected Alderman to Dartmouth City Council for three terms in the 1970’s and was also appointed Deputy Mayor. During his tenure on Council he helped guide the city during the period it was considered the fastest growing municipality in Eastern Canada. He served on all major Council committees including the Dartmouth School Board. During this period he was also a member of the City’s Natal day and Winter Carnival committees. As an alderman George was a hard working constituency advocate whose efforts knew no bounds as he attempted to meet the needs of his ward and its residents.
In 1969, during the first Canada Summer Games, George was Chairman of the National sporting event’s opening ceremonies in Halifax.
A tireless community leader, the consummate volunteer was a former District Governor and Secretary Treasurer of Lions Club International. As a result of his service he was awarded the coveted 100% District Governor’s and the Membership Advancement Key Awards. George was King Lion for both the Halifax and Dartmouth Lions Clubs. He was a member of the Dartmouth General Hospital and Nova Scotia Hospital Boards of Directors and past president of the Nova Scotia Chiropractic Association.
He was an elder of the Woodlawn United Church and was involved in many of the churches committees.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Atlantic Funeral Home, 767 Main Street, Dartmouth. No visitation by request. A service celebrating George’s life will be held on Friday, January 11, 2013 at the Woodlawn United Church, 54 Woodlawn Road, Dartmouth for 2:00 pm with Reverend Kennedy officiating.
A reception will be held in the Church Hall following the service.
The family would like to extend their thanks to the many health care providers who cared for George through his cancer treatment over the past few years.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Dartmouth General Hospital, Woodlawn United Church Accessibility Fund or a charity of your choice.
A family graveside service will be held at a later date in White Rock cemetery, Kings County.