Living life as he chose 

January 2023 Good News

  Pat Mauch and son, Brian

George Mauch is remembered as the guy with a big smile and helpful attitude by his closest loved ones. He was proud of his career accomplishments, dedicated to his family and friends, and truly embodied what it means to live life to the fullest. After being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease (PD) in 1996, George was determined to manage his illness as long as he could, rather than letting it control his life.

His son, Brian, has countless fond memories of his father, but the one that stands out most is how George would volunteer as a leader or coach for all his childhood sports and activities – a legacy that Brian now carries forward with his own children. "My father took so much joy in spending time with our family, and helping out wherever he could," Brian reflects.

That selfless attitude inspired Brian to give back in his community through his information technology (IT) business, BMC Networks. Both of his parents were involved with Parkinson Society BC (PSBC), and impressed upon Brian the meaningful impact the Society has on those in need. As a result, Brian has been proud to lend BMC Networks' pro bono IT services to PSBC. He says his employees are motivated to work for causes that support others, and feel good about the time they spend participating.

George's wife of 54 years, Pat, agrees. "As a family, we have all been committed to contributing to our communities however we could," she says. Pat and George felt that PSBC had always been very accessible, with a variety of helpful services and connections, which is why they supported the Society in numerous ways throughout the years. Whether it was leading a support group, volunteering for Annual General Meetings, or fundraising for Parkinson SuperWalk, the couple were active and beloved members of the Parkinson's community.

When Pat looks back on her life with George, she remembers a strong and determined person who lived life as he chose. George managed his Parkinson's through exercise, socializing, and a determination to not allow PD to slow him down. Pat says that only in the last couple of years did his disease have a significant impact on both of them. Regardless, they did not worry about the future until it came, and adopted a life philosophy of "postpone nothing." Pat says she is deeply thankful for all they did while they could, and the rich life they shared together for so many decades.

Sadly, George passed away last year from complications of Parkinson's disease. We are immensely grateful for the memories of his infectious smile, and the support he and his family have provided to the Parkinson's community in British Columbia.