It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden and tragic loss of Greg Reimer, a dad, husband, son, brother, uncle and friend to many. He leaves to mourn the love of his life, Carolyn, and his two precious children, Katie (12) and Will (10). He was our hero. He collapsed while playing hockey, the sport that he loved the most.
Thank you to all the players, the doctors on the team and the emergency personnel who tried so diligently to save his life. Thank you also to the emergency room doctors, to Dave and Julie Crawford, to Jill and Jeff Bennett and to Dr. Paul and Jackie Kurkjian for all of their efforts and support.
Greg was born in Calgary in 1964. His family moved to Edmonton in 1973 where he grew up. He completed his Business Degree, graduating from the University of Alberta in 1987. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry throughout his career, most recently with Amgen Canada.
Carolyn and Greg were married October 2nd, 1993 on a glorious fall day. They lived in Edmonton, where Katie and Will were both born and moved to Kelowna in 2004. When recently asked by the kids, where he would like to live if he could live anywhere in the world, his quick reply was \"in Kelowna, in a house on the lake\". Greg was a family man first and foremost. He was a dad who built the hockey rink in the backyard. He coached Katie in soccer and Will in soccer and hockey. He taught them both how to golf and to ski. He instilled his love of music and photography into Katie and his love of sports into Will.
He was a man who loved life. He ran, biked, paddled, skied, hiked, golfed and played hockey and poker with the boys. He had a deep appreciation of nature and the outdoors. One of his happiest places was Jasper National Park playing golf with his family at the JPL. Greg was a wonderful cook and host who appreciated a fine bottle of red wine shared with friends and family. He was a self-taught guitar player, photographer and avid reader. The nature of this man was one of optimism, good humour, gentleness and kindness.
He also leaves to mourn his parents, Gladys and Don Reimer and his sisters- Terice (Keith), Diane (Curt) and Della (Alan). He leaves his in-laws, Madeleine and Dave Crawford, brother-in-law Dave (Julie), sisters-in-law Laura (Brian) and Cathy (Dale). He was a favourite Uncle to his fourteen nieces and nephews.
The circle of all who knew and loved Greg is large. He will be greatly and forever missed.
An informal gathering for friends and family will be held on Tuesday, August 30th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road.
The funeral service will take place in Edmonton on Saturday, Sept. 3rd at 10:00 a.m. at St. Thomas More Church at 210 Haddow Close, Edmonton. In lieu of flowers, please do a kind deed for someone you love.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.