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Born: Apr 14, 1953

Date of Passing: Jul 24, 2017

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GREGORY WALTER PAUL MCLACHLAN, P.ENG April 14 , 1953 - July 24, 2017 On Monday, July 24, 2017, Greg left this world for his next adventure to be reunited with his best friend and father, "Wally". Left behind with heavy hearts his wife Tammy, daughters, Amy (Mark) and Ashley (Phil), stepchildren, Craig and Kandyce, as well as six beautiful grandchildren he adored, Zade, Harlow, Lennix, Willa, Lucca and Beck, his mother Sonia, and siblings, Wendy, Karen and Glenn and their families. In addition many close friends, coworkers and the many students he instructed over the past 35 years at RRC. He touched the lives of many in his family life and career. With relentless dedication to his work and passionate creativity, he always kept us laughing with his entertaining, unique, comedic character. We will miss our "mad scientist", fun-loving, "sense-less" humoured G Man! You will live on forever in out hearts. Thanks for the love. A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 29, 2017

Condolences & Memories (18 entries)

  • I have never met an instructor who enjoyed teaching as much as Greg did. Truly gem of a human being. His sense of humor always made learning much fun and easy. His random advices during lectures always helped. He was more of a friend and a mentor than an instructor. You’ll be truly missed by everyone Greg. Rest in Peace. - Posted by: Sulman Sheikh (Student) on: Sep 22, 2017

  • Sad to hear of Greg's passing. I had the opportunity to work with Greg for many years and his wry sense of humor was an asset on many occasions. Sincere condolences to the family. - Posted by: Fred Doern (Colleague) on: Aug 10, 2017

  • I am very saddened to hear of Greg's sudden passing. I have known Greg over many years as a colleague at RRC. I always enjoyed our visits. I will miss them dearly. I have many good memories of Greg. - Posted by: Don Carlson (Friend and colleague) on: Aug 08, 2017

  • Such sad news.....Greg and I go way back to the teenage rock band days at his family home in Winnipeg's north end. So much fun!! Loved Greg's enthusiasm, sense of humor and energy. We spent lots of time together in our teen years. We went our separate ways in life but ran into each other from time to time. It was always so nice to see him. He taught my brother and my son at RRCC. They both have lasting positive memories of my old friend I do. Rest in peace bud. - Posted by: Mark Stevens (friend) on: Aug 04, 2017

  • Greg was both a colleague and a friend to me. He was one of the good ones and he will be missed. - Posted by: Sarah () on: Aug 04, 2017

  • Greg McLachlan was my uncle. There were many memories I have of him. The one thing I will forever miss is texting him... Hey Uncle Groot! & his response to me would be I am Groot. I will forever miss his constant jokes but then he'd switch to talking all serious. He was a family man. He will be missed by many! I was never able to see him in his teaching teacher mode but over all the years of his inventions he would create I would see it first hand. We had a great uncle & niece relationship. I'll continue to cherish all those memories.. I love you Uncle Greg aka Groot!! You will forever be in my heart, mind & my life!! You will live on with your children, grandchildren & family! - Posted by: Laura (Niece) on: Aug 02, 2017

  • I worked with for my 10 years at RRC, got to like and appreciate him and his humor very much. He was one of the good guys. Very saddened to hear of his passing. He will be missed. - Posted by: Ed Pauch (Co-worker) on: Aug 01, 2017

  • Worked with Greg for the last 14 years . He loved to work on electronics any problem he would take head on and usually fix it . He was always thinking outside the box I worked with him on many different ideas some worked some did not . No matter how his day was going he always try to make others laugh. The world will be a little less brighter without him . - Posted by: Ron Yurkowksi (Colleague Manufacturing Technician RRC ) on: Aug 01, 2017

  • I still remember the first time I saw him. It was in the winter break, I came across him in the hallway, introduced myself and asked him if a textbook was required in the class. Initially I thought he was a very serious instructor, but after a few weeks in his class, I changed my mind that he was the most interesting instructor through all MET. I still remember he made a lot of fun on my smoking habit, sometimes when we met in the hallway, he always said: hey! and gave me a posture of smoking. I still remember his words: I can't believe people pay to get sick. I still remember his coaching in the lab: explain to me! I still remember...a whole lot of beautiful memories... I am honored to have had a such a wonderful instructor through my time in the college. - Posted by: XZ (Student) on: Aug 01, 2017

  • Like Hans mentioned, the MET/EET lunches in the RRC staff lounge were often the highlight of my days at RRC, but I was also fortunate enough to share an office with Greg for 10 years, so the hilarity continued there too. When I left RRC, it continued with emails. Greg was universally loved by the MET students, and staff at RRC, and will be very much missed by all. - Posted by: Ed Hohenberg (former colleague in Mechanical Engineering Technology) on: Aug 01, 2017

  • Greg was more than just a teacher to me during my time at red river, he was a mentor and someone I admired greatly. Even though I hated everything about his electrical classes, he made sitting through his 3 hour lectures worth every minute. Greg you will be greatly missed by myself and all my other classmates. Sharing jokes with you and going for coffee will always be a great memory of mine. Rest easy Greg. - Posted by: Denzel LeBlanc (Student) on: Jul 31, 2017

  • My mother and I are deeply shocked and saddened to learn that Greg passed away! After high school, we went our separate ways and never crossed paths again (one of life's regrets). Reading through the tributes provides a snapshot of his life and the loved ones he leaves behind. I'm sorry there was no cure, now gone too soon! One of my favourite poems by Henry Scott Holland 'Death is nothing at all. I have only slipped away to the next room. I am I and you are you. Whatever we were to each other, That, we still are....I am but waiting for you. For an interval. Somewhere. Very near. Just around the corner. All is well. Please know our thoughts are with you at this sad and difficult time. Lynda (Carlson) Ruban & Ollie Carlson - Posted by: Lynda Ruban (old school friend) on: Jul 31, 2017

  • I owe my life to my brother Greg... Early on in my teens I was diagnosed with severe Type One Diabetes with early-onset Neuropathy. My health was deteriorating badly and Greg saw my desperation! He took matters into his own hands and carried me into Emergency and demanded that I be admitted when my doctors had given up on trying to help me! Greg showed his love and forcefulness by demanding I get some care, and ultimately I was sent to the Mayo Clinic for much-needed help. They saved my life and over the next two years I recovered my health and strength... I will forever be in his debt, and I only wish that I could have done the same for him in his tough battle. Greg had to be a tough man, but anybody that knew him saw he had a soft heart and a loving nature. I will miss my best friend forever!!!! All my love Greggie... Your brother--- Glenn - Posted by: Glenn McLachlan (Brother) on: Jul 31, 2017

  • I was saddened to hear of Greg's passing. I send my condolences to the family and pray for your peace and comfort in the days ahead. - Posted by: Brenda Cormier (Family Friend) on: Jul 30, 2017

  • We are so very sorry for the loss of this beautiful, talented and funny man. Our deepest condolences to you and your family during this very difficult time Tammy. Please always remember that you have many people who love you and who are always thinking of you. Greg will be missed ♡ - Posted by: Deborah Narine (Friend ) on: Jul 29, 2017

  • So many happy memories from our days in the band. Fly with the angels Greg. 💙 - Posted by: Joann Duncan and Leta Noakes (Friends) on: Jul 29, 2017

  • My deepest sympathies to your family at this very sad and tragic time. Greg was way too young to move on to a better world. I know you will all miss him dearly. - Posted by: Dianne Kennedy (friend) on: Jul 29, 2017

  • For a period of time some years ago, some staff members of both the mechanical and electrical engineering dept. would have their lunch together in the staff lounge. We could and would talk about pretty much anything. With Greg present the whole group conversation would become more lively, and animated, and very often go in directions I could not have imagined. Often it would end in side splitting laughter. Big fun. My condolences. - Posted by: Hans Roth (colleague in Electrical Engineering Technology) on: Jul 29, 2017

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