Dr. Delios passed away on March 12, 2018. He is survived by Sylvia; his daughters, Stephanie and Michelle; son, Andrew; granddaughters, Paetra and Alexandra and grandsons, Cole, Rhys, George, Nico, Andrew and Mylo. He was predeceased by his parents, Marika and Constantine, his papou; and his sister, Zizi. George was born in Cairo, Egypt and grew up in Alexandria where he lived with his papou, aunts, mother and sister.
He spent his first three decades living in an international community where he became fluent in five languages. George trained as a medical doctor, with an initial specialization in anesthesiology at the University of Alexandria. In 1959, he moved to Great Yarmouth, England to take a position as a resident in anesthesiology at the Great Yarmouth General Hospital. He met Sylvia shortly thereafter who was working as a nurse at the hospital and they married on July 14, 1962. After the birth of their first two children in Norwich, England, they moved to Trondheim, Norway in 1965 and then to Winnipeg, Canada in 1966.
George took a position in anesthesiology at the Deer Lodge Hospital and the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg. He was very sociable and was a friend to everyone. As an anaesthesiologist, his patients were usually in a deep sleep and he missed interacting with them. For this reason, he left anesthesiology in 1969 and established his family practice at the Westwood Clinic where he practiced for 20 years. During his time in family practice, George became a much-loved member of the community. He made numerous friends amongst his patients. He was more than a doctor to his patients, he was their close friend and confidante. George loved delivering babies and was a constant presence on the labour and delivery unit. Family practice was his passion and he spoke fondly of being part of his patients’ lives. George could not go anywhere in the community without running into his patients, colleagues and friends. A 20-minute visit to the grocery store often took two or three hours because he would always stop to chat. George exited life in family practice in 1988.
He and Sylvia worked for the Foreign Service in Ottawa, New Delhi, Vienna and Ottawa again. They loved to travel and explored many countries during their time overseas. In 1997, George retired and returned to Winnipeg with Sylvia to live close to their two daughters and their grandchildren. He was afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease which gradually eroded his confidence, personality, cognitive ability and physical health.