Greag was a husband, father, brother and a grandpa and a friend. He was a man of many talents. If you wanted something done, you called Greag. I’m not going to tell you his birthday, age, career, etc., as they often do in such an article as this, because that is all irrelevant. What is important is that he was a good man! A rough exterior with a soft and generous heart. He was a people person and could easily strike up a conversation with complete strangers regardless of their background. He was quick to laugh and always willing to lend a helping hand. Greag was a true blue friend. Someone you could count on in time of need. He spent much time helping those who sometimes could not help themselves but that Greag felt were being taken advantage of. He possessed not just a sense of purpose but a sense of responsibility towards family and friends which he continuously demonstrated in his willingness to help. Of course, he was not without his faults, but these were easily diminished by his overall character.
Greag loved where he lived, loved the people, loved the outdoors and it was difficult to get him out of the Kootenays. The people of Fruitvale, Trail, Salmo and surrounding area were part of his soul. He often said,“I live in paradise, why go anywhere else.”
Greag possessed a “can do” attitude. He was a wheeler dealer when it came time to negotiating things and it was not beneath him to pull a little something over on someone to reach his objective. No real harm done but good for a belly laugh afterwards, when he recounted how he pulled a fast one.
Greag is survived by his wife of 49 years, Lori, sons, John and Daryle, brothers, John (Annette) and Harvie. Also 2 beautiful granddaughters, Kylie and Taylor, whom he adored and loved to spend time with. As the girls would say “What the heck, Grandpa!”
A celebration of life will be held sometime in September 2022.
If you are reading this and did not know Greag, all I can say is that it truly was your loss. Like him or not, Greag was “one of a kind” and will not soon be forgotten.
Greag, We Love You!!
Only God knows how much we will miss you!!!!
You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence at the family’s online register at www.myalternatives.ca
Had the privilege of growing up on the same street as Greag went to school together played a lot of kick the can down by his house and chatted with him whenever I bumped into him. My thoughts and prayers are with you Lori and the rest of the family. So sorry I was unable to make the memorial service.
My heart goes out to Lori and the family and friends. Rest in peace, you will be missed.
Dear Lori,John, Daryl, brothers John, & Harvey and families! My sincere condolences to all of you. Cherish your wonderful memories. Greag was always such a good guy. He loved you Lori and family so much. hugs to all of you. Connie Hanson
Lori and family I just heard of Greag’s passing. You have my deepest condolences. Your description of him was to the tea. He loved to stir the pot, poke the bear then have a laugh about it. He made days at work fun. Stay strong for him. Sincerely Cyril.
Hi Lori, John and Daryle John and Harvie And families This is very late in coming but I hope you have received our messages via Annette. We are crushed sad by your loss, and it is still a bit surreal. Greag was so easy to love …. all of you Hurd’s are , and we send our heartfelt condolences and love to all of the family. The memories are always about fun and laughter and what a joy that is. Our hearts and love are with you all , he left behind some boots that can’t be filled. We will see you to celebrate a life well lived !! Sincerest sympathies from Patty and Peter. ♥️
Our condolences to you all, Lori, John, Daryle and families. It was so nice to talk to you all at the Montrose Day, Greag was so excited to have John move to Montrose. Great obit.
Greag was one of the first people my husband and I met when we moved here. Although that was only one year ago, it seems we became best of friends instantly. We saw him every week, sometimes every day. His sudden departure has left a big hole in our lives. Greag was funny, opinionated, helpful and generous. He always had a smile on his face and he never stopped moving. We miss him dearly, and send our heartfelt condolences to Lori, Daryle, John and Kylie & Taylor. ♥️
Dear Lori, Daryle, John & family, Rose and I were deeply saddened and shocked to hear about Greag’s passing. We both cannot express any words how grieved we are at your loss and Greg’s death. Kindly accept our condolences during this difficult time. We plan on attending his celebration of life once a date is known in September. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Barry & Rose Neil
Lori, I am so sorry for your loss…Greag helped me with wiring for my AC unit or I should say he did it I just watched…enjoyed my visit with you both at the Montrose day…You are so right in saying always willing to help out and so easy to have gab sessions with…cherish your memories..Debi Sedgwick
My condolences Lori. Haven’t seen him for a few years but it always had a good story with a laugh. RIP.
very saddened to hear of my old shift partner's passing,spent many an hour just b.s.ing about nothing and everything.he was one of a kind.my condolences to his family and many friends
This is so sad Lori, I’m going to miss my friend of many years, my sincere condolences.I would have gladly helped him and shown him how to cut safely life is so too mean and short
I am so sorry to hear of Greag’s sudden passing; this is a tremendous loss and he will be missed by many. My condolences to his family, his wife Lori who I know he loved dearly. I worked with Greag for many years and I have such wonderful memories and laugh as I remember the fun we had all the while getting our work done. I will treasure all the adventures we shared over the years and will hold a special place in my heart in memory of Greag.
Lori ,I'm so sorry for your loss. I grew up with Greag in Montrose. When I heard of your loss it broke my heart. My condolences to you and your family.RIP Greag
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss Lori. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. May God keep you all wrapped tightly as you go through this journey of loss. I will always hold onto the memories of our younger days in school. God bless you all
Sorry to hear about Greag passing, always enjoyed running into him catching up what we needed to know. Picket line antics and time discussing sparky business. R.I.P.
My sincere condolences to the family, so sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed visiting with Greag at work. He was always trying to extract everyone's hunting spots (especially sheep). I pray God will grant the family comfort and strength during this difficult time.
Shocked and saddened to hear this news. We are thinking of you, Lori and of your family ❤️
I would like to express my heartfelt sympathies and condolences to all the families at this time! Keep those fond memories close and I hope that they will help comfort you during these sad times! I had the privilege of knowing Greag for many many years and am grateful for that…RIP Greag!
RIP my friend you were one of a kind. Full of life and never a loss for words, the life of a party. Condolences to Lori, John, Daryl and family. Rick and Wendy Brown
We were shocked and then very sad when we heard about Greag. We had some real good times growing up together as part of the Montrose crew with all sorts of carrying on occurring. Our thoughts go out to Lori, and the boys, and the families. Also thinking of John and Harvie at this time. It will be difficult days ahead but there will be lots of people to give a hand when needed. Take care Butch Desnoyers
Lori, John, Daryle and family, so sorry to hear about Greag. Such a tragic loss. We will never forget all the great trips we had with the boys and sports, so many laughs as you put in your obituary. You all are in our thoughts and prayers! Randy and Sherry Halifax