George Henry Boursaw, 80, died Tuesday, May 23, 2023. He was born in Traverse City, Michigan, on October 22, 1942, to the late Garrett and Clarissa Boursaw.
George was raised on the Old Mission Peninsula where his family had a cherry farm, to which he returned to work during summer breaks from college. George graduated St. Francis High School and then from Northwestern Michigan Junior College with an Associate Degree. He then graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1964, Syracuse University with a Master of Arts in 1968 and a Master of Science in 1970. He was a high school math teacher at Iron River School from 1964 to 1967 and the Brown City Community Schools from 1970 to 1989. George also served as a Math Instructor at the Sanilac County Math and Science Center from 1989 to 1996 for the gifted and talented students.
George and his wife Cathy married on August 29, 1970, and were married for 52 years. They treasured their lives as grandparents after their move to Danville in 2011. George enjoyed outdoor activities like cross-country skiing and hiking, especially in National Parks. George loved to garden. He was a published author having written the book, Migrant Times and Other Musings as well as several articles about his time growing up in northern Michigan. George was a member of the Danville Writer’s Group and supported many of the local arts.
In addition to his parents, George is predeceased by his siblings, Tug Boursaw, Jimmy Boursaw, Jack Boursaw, Jerry Boursaw and Shirley Barnes.
George is survived by his wife, Catherine; sons, Eric (Beth) Boursaw and Blake (Govind Adhikari) Boursaw; grandson, John Boursaw; brother Bryce Boursaw; sister-in-law, Jane Boursaw; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be from 11 am to 12 pm prior to the service. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon on Thursday, May 25, 2023, at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Danville. The Celebrant will be Father Anthony McLaughlin.
Serving as pallbearers are Bill Thomas, Darin Pendergraft, Kevin Heighton, Greg Hull, Curtis House and Jerry Meyer. Burial will be in Danville Memorial Gardens.
Memorial donations may be made to Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church Building Fund.