Vale George Ware Dixon

Long-time CBD resident, veteran, actor and teacher George Dixon passed away peacefully in December, aged 93.

George is remembered as an admired and respected actor and teacher, brother, husband and uncle to eight nieces and nephews.

He appeared in Beyond Reason (1970), A Thousand Skies (1985) and Clay (1965).

George lived with his widow Lola Russell at one of the CBD’s oldest residences on the corner of LaTrobe and King streets.

Lola, whose grandmother Valetta Azzopardi bought the property in 1899, has been living at the historic house and shop Russell’s Old Corner Shop all her life.

The couple’s home has been in disrepair and in June the City of Melbourne ordered them to restore the property and put up bracing on the northern wall, which removed a westbound lane on LaTrobe St (see our traffic story on page 10).

At the time George addressed the council’s Future Melbourne Committee asking for help.

“We’ve kept the little place there – the shop and the dwelling – and plan to do so for as long as we live,” he told the council in July.

A development company offered to fund the restoration and television personality Shayna Blaze started a crowd-funding campaign to raise funds and offered to renovate the interior.

George’s memorial service was held at St James’ Old Cathedral in West Melbourne on December 21.

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