George Allan Burton was the fifth child of C.L. Burton. Like his brother, Edgar, Allan worked through most of his life at The Robert Simpson Company. His love of horses led him to join The Governor General’s Horse Guards and for the entirety of World War II, Allan served with them in Italy, The Netherlands and Germany, being awarded with the DSO and E.D. medals. That’s public service at its ultimate – five years away from his family to serve his country.
His charitable works included being chairman of the United Appeal Metro Toronto and then as a trustee of the Hospital for Sick Children. A member of the Order of Canada, he also served as a director of the Burton Charitable Foundation along with three of his children, Gail Kendall, Jamie Burton and Lynn Bennett.
Allan stressed the importance of charitable works and giving, and that tradition is carried on still by his descendants. His love of life was an inspiration to us all.