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Date of Passing: Aug 02, 2020

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1990 - 2020

It is with deep sorrow our family announces Gregory John's sudden and unexpected passing on August 2, 2020 at St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Gregory passed peacefully, with his loving parents at his side.
Gregory had a deep love for his family and friends. He fought hard to stay with them. Although he leaves many to mourn his passing, his mother Tammy; father Robert; big sisters, Jennifer (Scott), and Ryley; and big brother Kevin are especially heartbroken. Greg enjoyed the time he spent with his nephews, Max and Sami. They made him laugh when they were (in Greg's affectionate words), "extra screamy." Gregory was an exceptional grandson in his care of his two grandmothers, Irene and Audrey, and our family takes comfort that he is reunited with them. Greg was predeceased by his brother Sean, and they too shall unite.
Gregory is remembered as kind, gentle, honest, and fiercely loyal to those who shared life with him. His wonderful sense of humour, deep infectious laugh and generous spirit will be missed beyond imagination.
Greg's passion for flying allowed him to soar, and his employment in sales allowed him to "suit up" in his suits, bowties and his crazy assortment of socks. Greg enjoyed music, reading, and comedy. He had a broad knowledge base of information and gladly participated in spirited discussions on any topic presented him.
The family would like to thank the health care professionals from the Grace and St. Boniface Hospitals, for their exceptional care of both Greg and his family in his final days.
Due to current health and safety regulations, a private, informal service will take place at the family cabin with his immediate family. We encourage Greg's extended family and friends, to remember Greg in their own special way. "Suit up" in his memory and if you have a bowtie, and crazy socks, bonus, as Greg would love that.

Rest in Peace Greg, soar with the angels,
be free. We have always and will always
love you with all our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, if so desired, donations to a charity of your choice is appreciated.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 08, 2020

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • Greg and I met in cadets when we were in our early teen years. It felt like we spent so much time together with mutual friends. We went to cadets on Tuesdays and often did some moxi’s trips after. We usually had something whether it was drill practise, Boeing clean ups, gliding, ski trips, or other events that took place on Saturdays. Once we aged out of cadets, and after graduating, we weren’t as close, but every time I moved he was one of the firsts to offer me help with the move. He was always there when someone needed with a couple drinks and some good belly laughs it was always a good time. We hung out one afternoon just as Covid was coming out, When we talked we couldn’t believe what 2020 has turned into. We had some good much needed laughs. Joked about of a We talked about hanging out again once everything started to go back to normal. I’m sorry for your loss. Greg will always be in my heart as we have always had so many memories. It’s still hard to believe he isn’t here, but he did live his best life. RIP Greg <3 - Posted by: Kalie criggie (Friend) on: Aug 29, 2020

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with Rob and Tammy and the rest of the family. May he be at peace with the angels! - Posted by: Al and Tricia Geurts (Beresford Lake) on: Aug 16, 2020

  • I talked to Greg almost daily through Messenger for the last four years, through good times and bad on both of our parts. He was smart, funny, political, principled, and felt things very deeply. He was not afraid to challenge the gross misinformation found online (especially through Facebook), even if it meant potentially pissing off a family member. He felt it was his duty to the younger generation to challenge authority figures, especially if he felt they could influence younger people to take up the cause of racism, sexism, homophobia, or other forms of discrimination. He was funnier than the rest of us, and we spent a lot of time talking about stand-up comedians, both veterans and up-and-comers. His mind was sharp and mathematical, and he could just as easily plot the analytics of a difficult subject as he could plot a political course for the future. He was both a brilliant capitalist and a rage-against-the-machine for the common good anarchist. Family meant the world to him, and he talked to me often about the trip he made to Sioux Lookout to meet my sister and her kids, and he loved my wife and kids even though he had not yet met them (but planned to). Every day I look at my phone and think, "Here's a good joke to send to Greg," or "I wonder if I will hear from Greg today," and then I realize that I can't do that anymore. Rest in peace, Greg. Your time was too short, and I already miss you too much. - Posted by: Kristopher Moran (Cousin) on: Aug 16, 2020

  • My condolences to Tammy, Rob and family on the passing of Greg. Those we love don’t go away, they walk beside us every day .... unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed and very dear. 💞 Unknown author - Posted by: Carole Moran (Cousin) on: Aug 10, 2020

  • So sorry to hear about Gregory. Just know that my thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. - Posted by: Sharon Shirk (Cousin) on: Aug 10, 2020

  • Greg was a wonderful cousin and nephew as a lad and he was also an insightful 'old soul' as a boy. Grandma Audrey enjoyed the many visits and accompaniments to the park and cultural venues. Greg loved detail and intricacy which was reflected earlier in his successful science fair projects, and later with his knowledge of aviation and the financial options in sales. Someone close to Greg recently stated that he "had the biggest heart of us all." ❤ Agreed. Greg's sardonic wit made it a challenge to keep up with him but if you did, there were often belly laughs involved. Greg was loved deeply by his immediate and extended family for good essence, he was an amazing young man. Aunty Margot and Uncle Arne - Posted by: Margot Saari (Aunt) on: Aug 10, 2020

  • Greg was truly a light in both mine and Anders lives. He was a second cousin to me but we grew into best friends. Greg and I both had a sense for when the other was struggling and needed someone to talk to. When Anders lived in Winnipeg, Greg, Evan & Anders spent a lot of nights out together and enjoyed lots of fun times. Going to the city was always exciting but making plans with Greg was the most exciting. He was such a positive light in both mine & Anders lives, and was always ready for anything. He was one person in the world I really needed in life. I could talk to him about anything and he always knew the right thing to say. We had many similarities in our lives that we loved to poke fun at. Anders has lost a very close friend, and I lost an amazing cousin who accepted me for who I am, and ended up being one of my best friends. We're hurting so much but we believe Greg is at peace. We both miss you so so much Greg. We talk about you often & a lot of things won't be the same without you. - Posted by: Laura & Anders Hakala (Cousin/Close Friend) on: Aug 09, 2020

  • While we lost you you way too young and our hearts ache - I am comforted by your memory. As a toddler you lit up the room, your giggle was the sweetest sound and your smile was the cutest thing. My affection for you was and will always be deep. While years passed and life things separated us, I always kept you in a very special part of my heart. Always will. Our conversations over the last few years were deep, profound and you always impressed me with your critical thinking and lens on life. Always kind. Always thoughtful. We had healthy debates. I may not have always agreed but I respected you for your stated positions. Sometimes I left those conversations wiser. You always had a soulful heart. And anytime we could spend together - they were often proud moments. And I loved how you lived life with boldness. Those bow ties were spectacular! I had hoped you’d sell me that car one day! I hope you are on my shoulder when I finally make that purchase! And when I stare out the window of future flights - I will sense you in the sky. Soaring. Free. Smiling. Laughing. And carefree. You will always be my sweet Gregory. And when it is my time, I look forward to your warm embrace and hearing you welcome me to your world with “Come on Aunty Karen - let me show you everything”! May everyone who knew and loved you - find comfort in your memory. You were and always will be a unique and neat human being/spirit. ❤️ - Posted by: Karen Stasus (Aunt) on: Aug 09, 2020

  • We are so sorry and saddened to hear of Greg’s passing. Our deepest condolences to all of his family. We got to know Greg as he and our son Evan became friends in high school and remained true friends ever since. Greg was a kind, thoughtful and truly genuine friend whom we loved to chat with on various issues – he always brought a unique perspective to pizza nights at our house. He was the one we trusted to look after our dogs and our home when we were away. He will be missed and remembered fondly by our family. Rest in peace Greg. Cathy and Georges Chartier - Posted by: Cathy and Georges Chartier (Friend) on: Aug 09, 2020

  • I am so sorry for your family's loss. I was Ryley's soccer coach when she was nine. My heart breaks for Rob and Tammy, fantastic parents. Always showing so much support and love. My deepest condolences may Greg Rest In Peace. Take care, Dana - Posted by: Dana Holt (Friend of the family) on: Aug 08, 2020

  • I met Greg in the car biz. We got along from day one. I loved Greg's ability to cut through the fluff and get straight to the point. We even made what turned out to be a comedic turn at setting up our own business with another fellow who ended up running out on us....I will miss Greg, our talks of world issues, our talks about pretty much anything, our drives to work together, our 'business' meetings...and his incredible knowledge base...Godspeed Sir... - Posted by: Dave Giesbrecht (Friend) on: Aug 08, 2020

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