George was born in Vaasa, Finland and moved to Canada with his family in 1956. He grew up in Sudbury and Toronto but lived in Kitchener for his entire adult life. George was predeceased by his parents Olavi and Anna-Liisa Arvola. He is survived by his wife Gitta, daughter Susie (Ron), their children Denim and Jada, sister Satu (George) of Oshawa, twin sister Iiris (Ken) of Nanaimo, and nieces Hilkka and Lisa.
George was a lifelong musician and music teacher but primarily a guitarist. He was passionate about music and felt lucky in being able to make it his life's work. George tried to inspire his students with this passion, always hoping that music would bring them joy throughout their lives. At the end of his life he donated his eyes so that two other people could see their world through his eyes.
There will be no service at George's request. Details for a celebration of life will be announced at a later date.