Brian (Bear) James Gregory
August 6, 1946 – November 11, 2019
A courageous and hard fought 12-year battle with cancer finally took our beloved brother, uncle, great uncle, husband, partner, friend.
Brian was born in Toronto, to William Albert Gregory and Evelyn May Gregory. He went to Roden Public School, Riverdale Collegiate and Waterloo University. He played football all through high school and put himself through university by working as a lifeguard, but mainly on the rescue in Toronto Harbour.
He pursued and enjoyed a lengthy teaching career, with his final teaching years at Goodfellow School in Innisfil. After retirement he was a tutor for many years, continuing his love for teaching.
Brian had many passions in life. He was a gifted teacher (known as Mr. G) and will be remembered for helping students who often found school difficult. He shared his love of cooking and was especially proud of his membership in the Marmitons cooking club at Georgian College. His curiosity and love of travel saw him visit many wondrous and strange places in the world. He always returned with trinkets and stories from his adventures.
Brian is survived by his sisters Roslyn and Elaine. He was a loving uncle to Michelle and Jeffrey (Annette) and Gary (Joanne) and Laura and Leslie. He will also be missed by many great nieces and great nephews.
Brian was supported by many friends. He was especially blessed to have three special ladies in his life. His wife of 49 years Dianne Halika (predeceased), his loving partner for the last 5 years, Caroline and his dear friend Monique.
A celebration of Brian’s life will take place in Tuesday December 3, 2019 at the South Shore Community Centre between 4:00 – 6:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers the family request donations in Brian’s name to Hospice Simcoe. 705-722-5995 www.hospicesimcoe.ca
We love you and we miss you.
Rest In Peace
Peaceful Transition Simcoe