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In Memorium – George Nemeth

Guernica offers its condolensces to author Mary Melfi, whose husband recently passed away.

George Nemeth

George Nemeth

GEORGE NEMETH Passed away at home after a long battle with cancer on October 2, 2009. His wife of thirty-four years, Mary Melfi, was by his side. George inspired everyone around him with his tremendous energy, infectious joy, and appreciation for the small pleasures in life. Born in Budapest, Hungary on April 10, 1933, George fled to Canada as a refugee during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. Arriving with little, he made ends meet by working in the stock room of Simpson’s Department Store while taking night classes at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia). After receiving his PhD from McGill in 1973, George went on to serve as Chief Psychologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, taught psychology for many years at Concordia, and maintained a successful private practice. While dedicated to his profession, George was also an accomplished Hungarian poet who continued publishing in his native language until the final months of his life. His passion for writing matched his passion for living. George loved to eat, drink, fish, swim, and lecture, and he also loved taking his children to hockey games, grocery shopping, and tending to his family’s vegetable garden. He never complained. He was a positive force in many peoples’ lives and he will be missed. George is survived by his wife, Mary, his children, Jennifer, Daniel, Julian, and Stephan, and his grandchildren, Aidan Styles, and Simon and Alistair Nemeth. A memorial service will be held at 1p.m. on Saturday, November 7 at Holy Family Parish – 7355 Lajeunesse Street, Montreal, Quebec.

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  1. Val says

    dr. nemeth and myself had some interesting chats in the 1980s when I consulted him.

    I am still grateful