George Kaminsky was a great support to others facing PF

George Kaminsky loved sports and to the last wanted to swing a golf club. He was a CPFF Board member for several years until 2019 and a great support to others dealing with PF.

The Board of CPFF is saddened to share the news that former Board member George Kaminsky passed away on December 11, 2022. He served on the Board for several years until 2019 and was involved for many years with the Vancouver PF Support Group. He was 72 years old.

Almost 10 full years after a double-lung transplant, his new lungs remained well and healthy, but his heart did not, says his wife Joy. After 48 hours at Lions Gate Hospital, he passed away peacefully.

Many have written to Joy via Facebook about how helpful George was to them when they first got their diagnosis; explaining to them what would happen next and where they could find support and information – at CPFF. He would have been so pleased to read their comments, as he wanted to help others as he had been helped, says Joy. He hated giving up on his involvement with CPFF and the Support Group, but he had to focus on his health.

George told his doctors just two days before he passed away that his happiest moments were seeing his grandsons Keanu and Locke, and that he had lived long enough to see his sons Julian and Joel grow into wonderful men. And, he still really wanted to pick up a golf club and swing it again!

We extend our heartfelt condolences to George’s wife Joy and his sons and all of his family and friends. A celebration of George’s life was held last weekend. He will be missed.