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Honourable George Stanley Sculpture

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Municipality/Province: Sackville, NB

Memorial Number: 13002-038

Type: Sculpture

Address: 87 Main Street

Location: Next to Post Office

GPS Coordinates: Lat: 45.8971756   Long: -64.3687464

The Honourable George Stanley Sculpture was completed by artist Christian Toth. It is a life size bronze sculpture of the designer of the Canadian flag,  seated on a bench. Christian also custom designed and partially refurbished the bronze bench. He manufactured and welded eight custom sized steel slats into existing iron cast end bench caps and painted the entire piece bronze to match the sculpture.

George is holding a sketch of his idea for the Canadian flag. The sculpture is meant to convey George contemplating about the flag's design and also left open to interpretation to the viewer as to what George is actually thinking. The sculpture was unveiled on Canada Day in 2018.

George served in the Second World War, joined a team of military historians headed up by Charles Perry Stacey, and retired in 1946 as Deputy Director of the army's historical section. He was Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick from 1982 to 1987. For 10 years (1982-92) he was Honorary Colonel of the Royal New Brunswick Regiment. In 1976, he was awarded the Order of Canada and in 1995 he was promoted to the rank of Companion within the Order.

The sculpture was funded by the Province of New Brunswick, through the Program for Municipal Development to Commemorate Canada 150.

There is also a George F. G. Stanley Memorial.

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Inscription found on memorial

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LT.-COL. THE HON. GEORGE F.G. STANLEY
(1907-2002)

Canadian historian, author, soldier, public servant and the designer
of the National Flag of Canada, Dr. George Stanley was also the
Founding Director of the Canadian Studies Program at Mount
Allison University, the first of its kind in Canada, and served as
Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick. A long-time resident of
Sackville, Dr. Stanley is buried in the Sackville Cemetery, where
there is a memorial at this gravesite for visitors.

This sculpture was created by artist Christian Toth and was made
possible by the Province of New Brunswick's Program for
Municipal Development to Commemorate
Canada's 150 Anniversary.

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