LAUDER, George Thomas

January 10, 1944 – January 3, 2020

George Thomas Lauder passed away quietly at the Rocky View Hospital on January 3, 2020 due to heart failure and a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 75 years old.

He met Gail Edge at the skating rink in Cochrane (Gail was in Grade 6) and they married September 10, 1966 and settled in Cochrane, where they raised their two children, Gregg & Paige.

George worked in the sheet metal industry in Calgary for more than 25 years. After retiring he worked with Gregg at the barn, operating Gregg Lauder Reining Horses.

Born January 10, 1944 at Rimbey, Alberta and raised around horses George had more than a little horse blood running in his veins. George’s parents and grandparents were active participants in the horse world. George’s great grandfather, “Doc Lauder”, came west in 1874 as a veterinarian with the Northwest Mounted Police. In 1923 George’s grandfather Tom was the first winner of the now world famous Chuck Wagon Race at the Calgary Stampede and has been inducted into the Canadian Cowboy Hall of Fame. 

George and Gail started showing at AQHA events after their marriage. As a family they put on many miles travelling Canada and the USA to participate in horse shows. Eventually he settled into Reining Horses: breeding, raising and training them along with his family. His 4 grandkids share the same twinkle in their eye as Grandpa when they see a good horse. George actively supported the horse community, serving as AQHA Ring Steward, NRHA representative and scribe for many shows in Western Canada.

He really enjoyed their trips to Smithers, BC and to Whitesboro, Texas to visit their kids and grandkids, as well as holidaying in Hawaii & Mexico with friends.

He is survived by his loving wife Gail, son Gregg (Anette), grandson Ollie; daughter Paige (Jeremy), granddaughter Tylar, grandsons Trace & Turner; brother Doug (Betty); and his two best Corgi friends Sally & Penny.

George’s Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 2 pm at the Jumping Pound Hall, 44208 Township Road 250 (north of the Jumping Pound turn off on Highway 1).

The Lauder Family is establishing a Reining Alberta Crisis Fund in memory of George, his love for horses and his dedication to supporting the community.

The George Lauder Crisis Fund will be available to members of Reining Alberta when they or their families are in a moment of need.  In lieu of flowers or cards the family ask that contributions be made to the Reining Alberta Crisis Fund, Lauder Crisis Fund, Box 10279, Airdrie AB T4A0H6 or online at

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Alison (Allie) Van Arnam, Funeral Director. Ph: 403-932-1039.

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  1. On January 7, 2020 at 3:51 pm John & Judy Greenall Said:

    Gail, Gregg & Family, Paige & Family, our deepest condolences on George’s passing. He was one of a kind.
    Thinking of you.
    John & Judy Greenall

  2. On January 7, 2020 at 4:15 pm Madeleine & Jim McGhee Said:

    We are sorry to hear about George. He was a special soul.

  3. On January 7, 2020 at 4:35 pm Kelly, Blade, Gemma, Anwyn and Dacie Bell Said:

    Our deepest condolences on George’s passing. He was a great man and a true lover of reining. George was a great friend to Lachlan and our family. He will be truly missed.

  4. On January 7, 2020 at 6:58 pm Dawn Kidd Said:

    My deepest sympathies to you all. Always enjoyed seeing George at the shows

  5. On January 7, 2020 at 7:23 pm Rob and Kathie Onstein Said:

    We are so sorry for your loss. George and Gail were often in Prince George, BC supporting our reining shows. Always a smile. Always a gentleman. Rest In Peace George Lauder.

  6. On January 7, 2020 at 8:22 pm Steve and Brenda Mychasiuk Said:

    Our fondest memories of George will be with us always.
    RIP George.
    Our deepest sympathy to Gail, Gregg & family and Paige & family.

  7. On January 8, 2020 at 2:49 am Bob and Joan Weder Said:

    Bob and I send our condolences to Gail and her family, to the Lauder families.
    We always enjoyed Visiting with George at the horse shows back in the day.
    George was a great supporter in the AQHA world and Reining world.
    Our prayers to you all

  8. On January 8, 2020 at 6:36 am Louis & Ellie Seelhof Said:

    Our condolences to Gail and her family. George was a kind, considerate man.

  9. On January 8, 2020 at 7:03 am The Hynes Said:

    Our condolences to Gail, and family. George was such a wonderful man and will be missed.

  10. On January 8, 2020 at 7:29 am John & Mary Donnelly Said:

    Very sorry for your loss. George always seemed a friendly cooperative guy ready to help anyone.

  11. On January 8, 2020 at 8:37 am allan & carole Hall Said:

    Gail & family

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this time.

  12. On January 8, 2020 at 10:02 am Lyle Jackson Lorrie Kadylo Said:

    Our condolences, George was a great friend and a very good person. He will be missed.

  13. On January 8, 2020 at 2:42 pm Eileen Dann Said:

    My heart goes out to you Gail, Gregg and family, Paige and family, and all who loved George.
    There were so many happy times. George, may you rest in peace.

  14. On January 8, 2020 at 4:17 pm Russ and Tami Said:

    Our condolences…George gave without expecting restitution or reward and positively influenced us through his actions and words…we will miss him always.

  15. On January 8, 2020 at 8:00 pm Pat Beahen Said:

    Deepest Sympathies and Condolences to you Greg and the entire Lauder family.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you .
    Tons Of Love to you buddy!

  16. On January 8, 2020 at 8:09 pm Carol Dutchik Said:

    My condolences to the whole Lauder Family

  17. On January 8, 2020 at 9:15 pm Brittney Rogers Said:

    My sincerest condolences to the the friends and family of George. Lachlan always spoke very highly of him and truly appreciated his time with the family. An influential member of our reining community, he will be missed.

  18. On January 9, 2020 at 3:51 pm Gloria Johnson Said:

    My sincerest condolences to Gail and family.

  19. On January 9, 2020 at 5:37 pm Jim & Connie Ullery Said:

    Gail & families; We were shocked and saddened to hear of George’s passing. He will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you & yours at this most difficult time. Sincere condolences. Sincerely Jim & Connie Ullery

  20. On January 11, 2020 at 9:05 am Lorraine Hill (Kumlin) & Doug Orr Said:

    Our most sincere condolences to Gail & family on the passing of one of our school friends from Cochrane. So many great memories from our rural community.

  21. On January 11, 2020 at 1:32 pm Kevin Virostek and Richelle Humphries Said:

    Our sincere condolences to Gail and family. Our visits at the horse shows were enjoyable and will be missed

  22. On January 11, 2020 at 9:42 pm Kolsun Family Said:

    We always enjoyed our visits with George, whether we chatted about his next 3 year old or about Texas, we never ran out of conversation. His welcoming smile and big heart will be missed. Condolences to his family and friends. He will forever be in our hearts ❤️

  23. On January 27, 2020 at 8:57 pm Gary and Laura Clarke Said:

    Condolences to Gail and family from an old school buddy.

  24. On October 3, 2020 at 3:05 pm Agnes (Moore) Nelson Said:

    My deepest sympathies to you and your family Gail. George was always a kind and considerate man.