Eldon George, born in Parrsboro on May 10, 1931, passed away surrounded by family and friends on November 29, 2018. Eldon was awarded the Order of Nova Scotia in 2013, in recognition of his contributions to geology and tourism of Nova Scotia. After suffering a traumatic injury to his arm as a young boy, Eldon’s mother encouraged him to paint and collect shells on the shores of the Bay of Fundy. It was then that he discovered a fossil footprint at the age of nine years old, and began his lifelong passion of exploring the geology and fossils of Nova Scotia.
Eldon has made many contributions and inspired many people through his lifetime. The Parrsboro Rock and Mineral Shop and Museum that he and his wife Elaine operated for almost sixty years became an iconic destination for generations of people visiting the Parrsboro Shore. Eldon collaborated with international researchers, particularly his close friend Dr. Donald Baird from Princeton University. Always with a positive attitude and bright smile, Eldon had a passion for educating children who visited the colourful Rock Shop and Museum.
In 2015, the Cumberland Geological Society reached an agreement with Eldon to acquire the Rock Shop in order to establish an exhibit to highlight the contributions that Eldon and Elaine made to the province. Eldon also donated his fossils to the Fundy Geological Museum. Eldon passed away knowing that his life’s work and internationally significant fossils and mineral specimens are safe and secure in his home town of Parrsboro.
We will remember his bright smile and creative sparkle in his eye.
Thanks for everything Eldon!