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EDWARD GREGORA (ED)
Born: Apr 20, 1930
Date of Passing: Jan 15, 2020Offer Condolences or Memory
April 20, 1930 - January 15, 2020
Ed was predeceased by his wife Florence (Yee) in 1979. He was also predeceased by his parents, Walter and Annie (Falta), as well as by his brother, Fred. He is survived by his children, Walter and Ai (Sakamoto) and Walter's children, Brandon and Jamie; Susan and Gordon Pollard and their children, Michael, Jacqueline and Brock; and Grant and Carol (Gee) and their son Owen. He is also survived by his brother-in-law Lloyd Yee, his wife Lorna and their children, Allan, Debbie, Cindy and Darin.
Ed was born in Winnipeg and grew up in the North End. His family lived in several locations in North Winnipeg finally settling in at 351 Henry Ave. Ed attended David Livingstone, Victoria Albert, Hugh John Macdonald and Daniel McIntyre Schools. His childhood friends from this time continued to be his close friends for his entire life. Even after moving his family to Fort Garry he spent countless hours talking on the phone or over coffee with Wally Bard, Mack and Ann Demidiuk, Mike Krawitz, Mike Kachmar and George Derenchuck. He spent many evenings on Boyd Avenue with his longtime friend, Olga Kucher, watching the Lotto 6/49 draws.
Beginning in 1947 Ed started working in the construction industry. He decided to become a certified electrician and apprenticed at Star Electric and Bubb's Electric and then worked at Canadian Comstock. In 1964 he hired on with Transport Canada and he worked at the Winnipeg Airport until his retirement in 1990.
Ed grew up in a musical family - his father played the saxophone, clarinet and violin. Ed's children very fondly remember growing up with parties in the basement of their Somerville Avenue home with a house band made up of family and friends. Ed loved Dixieland and Jazz music and had a huge collection of music that he recorded and downloaded over many decades. He attended many concerts and particularly enjoyed the annual Winnipeg Jazz Festival.
After retiring early Ed had plenty of time and energy to help out with the raising of his grandchildren. He would cheerfully do whatever was needed - babysitting, preparing meals (Eddie's Spaghetti being his trademark dish), attending recitals and driving to baseball, soccer and hockey games. Grandpa Eddie could always be counted on - whether you needed a toonie at the canteen or a kind word after losing a game or a friendly ear on a long distance phone call.
Ed was a sweet, quiet, gracious man. A true gentleman at all times. He never wanted to impose on anyone and was ready to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. He was always respectful of others and had a kind word for everyone. He led a very simple life - living in the same home for 60 years and had little interest in any material possessions. He believed in old fashioned virtues - honesty, hard work, thriftiness, punctuality and opening doors for everyone.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Slutchuk, Dr. Malik, Dr. Poon and Dr. Book, whose attentiveness and compassion in providing care to Ed enabled him to maintain his independent lifestyle, which was so important to him, right to the very end. In addition, our thanks to Dr. Al Buchel and the team at St. Boniface Hospital for their compassion in Ed's final day.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Ed, to the Cardiac Sciences Program at St. Boniface Hospital Foundation, or to the charity of your choice.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Ed at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at Thomson "In the Park" Funeral Home.
"The song is ended but the melody lingers on."
- Irving Berlin
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 25, 2020
Condolences & Memories (5 entries)
Wanted to say that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Susan. Your dad was such a friendly and kind soul. Remembering all the years we lived on Somerville one highlight of mine was walking past your place and seeing his wonderful smile along with a big friendly wave from him. Looks like he lived a long life and was able to spend those years doing the things that he loved. - Posted by: Kelly Curtis (nee Eskra) (Childhood friend to Susan) on: Jan 28, 2020
Condolences to the family My mom was a school North End friend Elenor Jentsch Lindwall I remember Eddie when he was a member of the Winnipeg Jazz Society. I went with my Mom and her friends to Saturday afternoon Jazz events in the Winnipeg at many venues, I too loved Jazz at an early age! My memory of Eddie was him asking me to dance. one Saturday Always the gentleman, the kind and caring quite respectful man he was. I accepted his offer, So glad I did not embarrass him or myself and danced that Saturday and many more away! His comment was that kid can dance"! I was in! I showed up many more Saturdays and danced all afternoon and got to hear and appreciate Jazz, and the Winnipeg Jazz Scene as they would have said! Sandy Lindwall - Posted by: Sandy Lindwall McGonigal (friend of my Mom) on: Jan 28, 2020
Wally, Susan and Grant. So sorry for your loss. Such wonderful childhood memories of time spent with the Gregora Family - Grand Beach in the summers, New Year's Eve parties in your family's basement. Your father and mother were generous, kind and fun people - welcoming to all. Treasured memories. Lesh Krawitz - Posted by: Lesh Krawitz (Family Friend) on: Jan 26, 2020
My sincere condolences to you Wally and family on the loss of your father. You are in my thoughts. - Posted by: Carmina Hiebert (Friend of Wally) on: Jan 25, 2020
My condolences to the family. We used to live on College Avenue and Ed used to come to our place to visit my dad (Joe Mryglod) I’m almost sure Susan came with your dad on his visits. Then Susan and I met up at U of M in the Education faculty. That was so long ago. - Posted by: Alanna (Mryglod) Berezuk (Dad’s worked together at “The Powerhouse” at the airport ) on: Jan 25, 2020
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