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P.O. Box 130, 1 Highland Drive
Flesherton, ON N0C 1E0
Phone: (519) 924-2810
Fax: (519) 924-3614
Gregory Young

Gregory Evans Young

Tuesday, May 15th, 1951 - Thursday, February 4th, 2021
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Young; Gregory Evans

We lost Greg on Thursday, February 4, 2021 in his 70th year. He died as he would have wished, on his own terms, at home. Allison and daughter, Taylor, provided care and support as Greg met his health challenges. His son James, and his wife Erica, braved the border, quarantine and the Grey County winter for two months to be here in Eugenia with Greg and the family. Long term friends and loved ones made a point of connecting as they could. However, in true Greg fashion, we got as good as we gave. He made us laugh to the very end.

The humour was only one facet of this man. Called the “master of the physical universe”, he knew how things worked. Incredibly skillful, he also used his hands and mind to create beautiful things that will outlive him. He never ceased to be curious and passionate, about aesthetics, politics, history, and the physical world around him. He was a treasure trove of facts, knowledge, and convictions. You never needed to wonder what Greg thought, be it praise or critique. His heart was as big as his head – literally and figuratively. (He did have a rather large head.) Greg was emotional, easily moved, and very caring. What he thought and felt were close to the surface and authentic. Life will not be as colourful or beautiful without him.

A private funeral will take place at Lakeview Cemetery, Meaford where Greg will be buried in a scenic place, close to the water as he wanted. In lieu of flowers or donations, if you have any stories you want to share on this website, please do, or have a beer, a moment of remembrance, and raise a toast to our lovely Greg.

We also want to announce that there will be a Celebration of Life on Zoom on Sunday, February 28th, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM. People will be contacted with an evite by email.
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    382 Graham Street
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Paul Morrison

Posted at 02:19pm
Greg, you were a dear soul and will be sorely missed. I will always remember the family get togethers - and your love of John Irving. Rest In Peace,

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John N.C. Pearce

Posted at 11:38pm
My Buddy Greg

“Did I tell you about my buddy Greg?” Before launching into a serious lecture, I sometimes try to trick the students into paying attention by telling them a brief story from my days at “the Shop”. The stories may be of dubious veracity, but my strategy usually works. Once I have the students’ attention, I quickly move onto the real course content. My teaching strategy aspires to imitate Greg himself: An abundance of ingenuity, curiosity and knowledge wrapped in a thin veneer of irreverence and mischief.

I met Greg on a building site in 1994, and he immediately became a major, positive, influence in my carpentry career. Greg invited me into his space on Research Road where he shared his vast knowledge of woodworking, and generously allowed me to use his beloved General machinery. Greg introduced me to the cast of fascinating characters associated with the place. My work life was never the same again after Greg invited me into that funky place known as “The Shop”

One usually waits until it’s too late, then regrets never getting around to thanking someone who extended extraordinary generosity and kindness. I know that I did try once to thank Greg for inviting me into the shop and sharing his knowledge, but I only succeeded in embarrassing him. Greg deflected an uncomfortable situation by forcing out a fart. Sometimes you might regret it when you actually do express gratitude, but I’m glad I tried.

I eventually moved onto other endeavors, and gradually lost track of Greg and the rest of the characters at “the shop”. Will Comerford was thoughtful enough to contact me the other day to inform me of Greg’s passing. I was very sorry to hear this news and I’m only appreciative that I encountered this truly unique, remarkable man. I know I’ll never meet another Greg Young, but as long as I’m teaching at that community college the legacy of my buddy Greg will not be forgotten.

John N.C. Pearce

Graeme Billinghurst

Posted at 01:55pm
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Steve Koach

Posted at 05:59pm
What a great person to have as an Uncle. One of my fondest memories is Greg strapping my brother and I in the front seat of his Datsun 240 and taking us to see Star Wars. We were all equally in awe, his seventh time seeing it our first. His strong opinions and perspective I will miss. Im sure there’s some molding being redone in heaven right now because well, you know...

Ian Hodgson

Posted at 03:20pm
Well it was a pleasure to know you Greg.
I feel very fortunate that I was back in Canada recently and able to visit with Greg, it had been some years since we had got together but as soon as the conversation started the years just melted away and it was as if we had never left off. As difficult as his situation his humour was just as sharp or perhaps I should say blunt. We all laughed. I first met Greg early 80's music was on vinyl and beer was cheap, I was interested in his stereo and he told me he built the amplifier himself when a teenager, he got the parts from Radio Shack, I said Why? he responded that he just curious to know how....and that is how he was. He was kind and generous to me during the recession back then and through him and his crew I learned how to build a house from basement to finish trim, now every time I build something I relive those times and he's around. I am thankful we got to share some time along the way.

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