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Born: May 20, 1965

Date of Passing: Jun 06, 2019

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May 20, 1965 - June 6, 2019

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Greg Deger on June 6, 2019, at the Health Sciences Centre, at the age of 54.
Greg is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Michelle, his mother Elsie, his sister Linda, and his brother Anthony (Tony). He was predeceased by his father Anton (Tony) in 2003. Also left to cherish his memory are his father-in-law Wayne Van Walleghem, mother-in-law Léonne, brother-in-law Cory and wife Theresa, and lastly but by no means least, his two devoted companions, service dogs, Chester and Zak.
Greg was an accomplished and passionate outdoorsman and cherished every moment spent with his wife and friends developing and enjoying his remote hunting retreat near Pine River, MB. Greg's culinary skills were second to none, and the patience and craftsmanship that he demonstrated during the construction and detailing of all manner of static and radio-controlled scale models generated results that were entirely world class. There is absolutely no task that Greg undertook that was not completed to the highest and most exacting standard.
Greg's spirit and perseverance never wavered despite the progressive erosion of his strength and mobility caused by a rare and debilitating disease. Despite this enormous handicap, his fierce tenacity made it possible for him to cultivate his many abilities and interests. Greg savoured everything that life had to offer and was true to himself in the face of challenge and adversity; such is the measure of a fine man and the essence of a life well lived. Inexplicably, it was not his affliction that stole him from our lives, but simply an accident that occurred while he was out in the neighbourhood with his two beloved dogs.
Greg will live on in the memories of his family and friends. We will ask ourselves, from time to time, what Greg would think of a given situation, and smile at what would have been his most likely response. We will reflect on his openness and honesty, his resilience and courage, his warmth and humour, his many talents, and yes, even those subjects that were occasionally cause for disagreement. It is the entire person we loved and appreciated, and it is the same person we will never forget.
Please join Michelle, and the Deger and Van Walleghem families to remember Greg on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Niakwa Country Club, 620 Niakwa Rd., Winnipeg, MB.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Canadian Association for Glycogen Storage Disease, P.O. Box 56009 1st Avenue Market, Vancouver, BC V5L 5E2 or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada, 110-1525 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1Z 8R9.

475 Provencher Blvd.
in care of arrangements, 204-775-2220

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jun 15, 2019

Condolences & Memories (16 entries)

  • Sorry to hear about Greg. - Posted by: Flo (Friend) on: Jun 20, 2019

  • Michelle and family, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved husband Greg. My condolences to you all. I always remember you talking of Greg with so much love. Glad you have your sweet dogs and family to hell you through this sad time. Love you! - Posted by: Jackie Cycon (Friend and coworker ) on: Jun 20, 2019

  • Michelle and all the family, just heard today and am deeply saddened to hear about Greg’s passing. Still recall the many wonderful times we spent with Greg, with laughs & “discussions”! Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. My deepest sympathy, Joanie Namaka - Posted by: Joanie Namaka (Friend ) on: Jun 19, 2019

  • Michelle and your family, Michelle is one of these great employees - comes to work and gives of herself in both completing her job responsibilities and always willing to lend a hand with our charitable & social activities. Her devotion to Greg and her family and friends spills over in all that she takes on. It's so hard to understand how something so tragic and random happens to good people like Greg and Michelle. Many attended the remembrance and others who couldn't expressed how deeply saddened by Michelle's loss as she is so respected and well thought of at Kleysen Group. You are in our thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Christiane Devlin (co-worker) on: Jun 19, 2019

  • We are very sorry for your loss! Our heartfelt sympathies! Claude and Candice - Posted by: Claude and Candice Levesque (Cousins) on: Jun 18, 2019

  • Michelle, Elsie, Tony, Linda - Judi and I were devastated by the news of Greg's passing. He and I rode a lot of miles together on our bikes in our youth, and I have a lot of great memories of those times. No matter how long it was between talks we could just pick up where we left off as is no time had passed at all. We are so sorry for your loss. He will be missed. - Posted by: Rick (Friend) on: Jun 17, 2019

  • I am so sorry to hear of Greg’s passing. I will always remember his passion for building airplane models and his infectious smile and laugh. My deepest sympathies to the whole family. - Posted by: Liana Krevesky-Zingle (Friend ) on: Jun 17, 2019

  • Dear Elsie Deger, Michelle Deger and family, we extend our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Gregory Deger. Thank you for sharing this beautiful tribute. Please know that our thoughts are with you at this very sad and difficult time. Staff & friends at the Health Sciences Centre Foundation 'We are braver and wiser because they existed, those strong women and strong men...we are who we are because they were who they were. It's wise to know where you come from, who called your name.' Maya Angelou - Posted by: Lynda Ruban (Staff at Health Sciences Centre Foundation) on: Jun 17, 2019

  • Greg has been a special friend for 25 years. It has been a blessing to share in his interests and hobbies. We have laughed and had discussions, fished, crashed model airplanes and helped each other through the passing of each others' fathers. A kind and strong man that will live in my memory. - Posted by: John Behrendt (Friend) on: Jun 16, 2019

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with always. We are sorry for your tragic loss. - Posted by: Garth and Barb Ruttig (Friends) on: Jun 16, 2019

  • In moments of loss there are no words. You and your family are in my heart, thoughts, and prayers. My deepest sympathy. - Posted by: Connie (Acquaintance) on: Jun 16, 2019

  • Elsie, Tony and Linda - I was so saddened to hear about Gregory's passing. I will always have fond memories of the times spent with your family as we were all growing up. I had the privilege and true honour of being your babysitter on many occasions. My family members still call me "Calorie Ane" when ever the Deger name comes up. Greogory was an instigator and I loved his humour immensley. Gregory was a very loving person with such gentleness and treated others with great kindness. He was in my eyes one of a kind. There are no words to express this sadness. Thinking of you and your families in sympathy and prayer. Diana (Calorie Ann). - Posted by: Dian Lynn Cheys (Friend of the Family) on: Jun 15, 2019

  • Michelle and I have been true friends for many years. We both took care of our husbands with all our love till the end. It is at this exact time and date for me 17 years ago. My true condolences to Michelle, the Deger Family and the Van Wellingham Family and may God help all through this difficulty period. We will never forget, but time does heal. Love Lynn Mackie - Posted by: Lynn Mackie (Close friend and co-worker of Michelle at Kleysen Group Ltd.) on: Jun 15, 2019

  • We offer our condolences. We can't even imagine what you are feeling. Our love and prayers surrounds you all. Again, sorry for your deep loss. - Posted by: Jo-Ann and Terry Deitz (Family) on: Jun 15, 2019

  • Sorry to hear the sad news of the passing of your husband. I am a Facebook friend of your mum Leonne. Thinking of you all at this sad time xxx - Posted by: Patricia Liles (Facebook friend of your mum Leonne ) on: Jun 15, 2019

  • Knowing Greg from childhood on Tod Drive on up until now has been a both an honour and a true pleasure. There are so many wonderful memories and tall tails that I will always treasure! - Posted by: George (Freind) on: Jun 15, 2019

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