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GREGORY (GREG) THOMAS BISHOP
Born: Jul 30, 1951
Date of Passing: May 09, 2019Offer Condolences or Memory
GREGORY (GREG) THOMAS BISHOP
July 30, 1951 - May 9, 2019
He is predeceased by his mother Verna and his father Ivan. He will be greatly missed by his wife Janet; his children, Stephen (Gabrielle) and Christa (Aaron); in-laws, Rhona and Warren Beaudry; and his nephews; James and William.
Greg played in bands around Winnipeg all his life. He played guitar and bass at just about every bar in the city, the 'River City Blues Band' was his passion and he was always a collector of music and sound equipment. He loved going to watch live music with his family, both at home and around the world.
He travelled all his life; his best trips were with his wife and family, just recently returning from a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. He really enjoyed the years of retirement travelling the world but always was happy to come home to his loved ones.
Greg was very proud of his long career as a Rail Traffic Controller and Dispatcher at C.N. Rail. His education in computer science gave him a lifelong love of working with computers. His constant fiddling and interest in new and developing tech led him to briefly owning his own computer repair and sales shop in North Kildonan. Too restless to fully retire, he got into carpentry and worked part-time in town until Janet also retired and they could set off on their adventures together.
He loved living in East St. Paul spending hours in his yard and walking and cuddling with his best friend Shadow.
A wake will be held to celebrate Greg's life on Thursday, May 16 at his favourite place - the family home, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on May 14, 2019
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
My sincere condolences to Janet and family for the loss of Greg, far too early in their lives. Greg and I go back to our high school days and there are so many memories of just hanging out, bands, photography, a trip to Sugar Hills, working at the Sals and then our early careers at CN. I'm not sure I ever met anyone that had a "twinkle" in their eye more than he did. Never seemed to get down about anything, always positive. Even though we weren't In touch for a long while, the loss is felt, as he was a true friend. - Posted by: Bruce Anderson (Friend) on: May 24, 2019
So sorry for your loss Janet. Will miss Greg popping in at Sobeys. Always enjoyed talking music and baseball with him. - Posted by: Rita (Co worker.) on: May 16, 2019
Our condolences to Janet and family. Although I haven't seen or talked to Gregg since about 1981 I have many memories of Greg that go back to the early '70s when he and his buddy Bruce were flipping hamburgers at the Salisbury House on Corydon Ave. Bob Clarke & I used to frequent the Sals and the boys always wanted to talk about the railway. They both soon got a job as operators thanks to Bob's recommendation and the rest is history. He was a tinker indeed. I can recall a few crazy incidents he was involved with tinker with a Comtel teleprinters and CN radio equipment. While he was working as a line operator on my dispatching territory, I would call him up and when he answered the dispatcher's telephone in a jocular manner and would always be whistling while his foot on the microphone peddle while waiting to copy a train order. Thus I used to call him the "Song and Dance Man". When he married Janet, (a gas pipefitter as I recall) I thought, Hmm! this could spell trouble for the Song and Dance Man. Great memories and a real fun loving guy. - Posted by: Trevor & Eileen Wilson (Friend) on: May 15, 2019
My condolences to Greg's family who I never had the chance to meet. Greg and I were childhood playmates when he would come out to his Grandpa's place in Darlingford. Greg showed me and was proud of his first electric guitar which was an acoustic he had mounted a pickup in and played over an old radio for an amp. Another time I remember we were smoking out behind an old garage and got into an argument of some kind and tattled on me to which I got my pants dusted. I can't remember if he got in trouble also being concerned with myself at the time. The only other memory that stands out is when Ivan and Verna took Greg and I swimming in the Pembina River south of Darlingford. After swimming Ivan and Verna went back to the car to change and we were still puddling around in the water when Greg got out a bit far and the current got ahold of him and he was in trouble but Ivan came running fully clothed and dived in to get him. After Uncle Herb passed away the Bishops didn't seem to come to Darlingford anymore and we lost touch but I have often wondered where he was and what he was doing, I wish I had found out. Again I'm sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Robert (Bob) Hunt (Cousin) on: May 14, 2019
Such a fun loving fellow. I remember fondly the "Murder Mystery" parties, the Highland Dance get togethers, and Greg's infectious laugh. He was a Dad to be proud of and he certainly loved his children. Janet, Chris and Stephen, I am so sorry for your loss. - Posted by: Eileen Findlay (Friend) on: May 14, 2019
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