J. (George) Hedinger
Jerzy (George) Hedinger passed away at home on May 3, 2003. He is survived by his son, Adam, of Calgary. His wife, Zofia, and daughter, Kasia, had both passed away earlier.
George, as most of the land survey community knew him, was born in Pozan, Poland in 1916. He was a man born of many talents and expertise.
George began his life as a naval officer with the Polish Navy, circumnavigating the world on his first naval posting. He was commissioned as an officer in 1936 and incurred wartime service on the Submarine "Rys" (Lynx). He was interned in Sweden until 1944 and left the Polish Naval Forces in 1946.
After marrying in 1945, George and his wife Zofia immigrated to Canada (1949) and initially he took employment with the Northern Transportation Company on the Royal Canadian Navy MS Snowbird on the Mackenzie River and the Radium Gilbert on Great Bear Lake.
George's survey career commenced on January 14th, 1952 with an application for employment with Phillips, Hamilton & Associates of Edmonton. He articled to C. W. Bildstein and L.O. Olsen, receiving his ALS Commission on May 22, 1958 and his CLS Commission in 1959. He remained with this firm until 1979 as it evolved into Hamilton & Olsen Surveys. During this time, George was an active participant of the Alberta Land Surveyors' Association.
George was a leader, a teacher and a mentor to everyone he worked with. With his steadfast belief in doing every job to the best of his ability and the ability of all involved, he instilled a strong bond between himself and others. His ongoing commitment to details, procedures and integrity brought him the respect of both associates and peers.
Despite having several heart surgeries, George remained active during his retirement and continued his involvement in the Polish Canadian Society, the Polish Combatants Association and did extensive work with the Polish Hall Library.
George retains a special spot in the hearts of everyone in the survey community that had the privilege of sharing his company and enjoying his hospitality.