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Gregory Robert Walker

October 22, 1956 - May 25, 2024

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It is with sadness that we inform you of the passing of Gregory (Greg) Robert Walker of Richmond B.C. Greg passed away on May 25, 2024, after a courageous battle with leukemia.  He is survived by his wife Thalita and his daughter Charlotte of Richmond, BC; his mother Betty Jean Walker of Oliver, BC; his brother Kent Walker and wife Liz, of Toronto, Ontario, and was predeceased by his father John Harrison Walker.

Greg was born in New Westminster B.C. on October 22, 1956, and at the age of 5, moved to Toronto where he spent his childhood. After graduating from Erindale Secondary, Greg went on to receive a Bachelors degree with Honors with a major in History from the University of Toronto. Greg then pursued further learning and went on to Carleton University in Ottawa, where he earned a Masters Degree.  During his university years, Greg worked summers for CP Air as a baggage handler and aircraft ramp attendant at Toronto International and Ottawa Uplands Airports.

Upon graduation from Carleton University, Greg launched his career as a reporter, covering the political scene at Toronto’s City Hall and Queen’s Park. Greg went on to become the Chief of Staff for Ontario’s Minister of Health Murray Elston, and later became the Government Relations Manager for the Ontario Lottery Corporation.  After building a solid career foundation in Ontario, western Canada beckoned. Greg  came back to BC to be closer to his parents who had retired to wine country in Oliver, joining the BC Lottery Corporation. After an illustrious career as the Director of Public Affairs at BCLC, Greg recently retired in the spring of 2023.

Greg was very community minded and believed in ‘giving back’, serving for many years as the Chair of Richmond’s Museum Society.  Greg had a passion for travel, art galleries and jazz, and always looked forward to his traditional Friday night steak BBQ’s, enjoying a glass of fine red wine with his family.  Most important to Greg were his wife Thalita and his daughter Charlotte, building a life and memories together.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, June 22 at 100 pm; at Richmond’s South Arm United Church.

In lieu of flowers please donate to Charity of your choice.

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From: Narelle
Relation: Colleague at BCLC

Greg was not only a great colleague, he was a beacon of light in our office. His warm presence was always felt, especially when I was new to the organization. He had this unique ability to make everyone around him feel comfortable and joyous. His friendliness was truly one of a kind and will be greatly missed.

My thoughts are with Greg and his loved ones. May you find comfort in the memories of the joy he brought into our lives and the positive impact he had on everyone he met.

From: Brad Bodenhamer
Relation: Colleague at BCLC

Greg was an incredibly caring, generous, and wonderful person. He had the ability to invoke laughter in almost any situation and spark spontaneous joy. He was a treasure to be around and will be missed. My condolences to his family.

From: Jagtar Singh Nijjar
Relation: We collaborated on major projects.

Thalita and Charlotte, I have worked closely with Greg for the past 14-15 years on various projects accross BC. My heart breaks for the both of you. We spend many evening on the road after government events all over the province. I will miss him. Our deepest condolences and prayer to you.

From: Susan Greenwood
Relation: Cousin, born one month apart in 1956. When Greg was 5 he moved with family tonToronto. When I was 5 our family moved to England. Paths diverged until Greg came to BC.

So sorry for your tragic loss Thalita and Charlotte.
Thinking about you and sending love your way.
We will miss Greg with his quick wit and good humour.
Sue Greenwood

From: Cheryl Nagle
Relation: I was his family doctor

Greg was a wonderful, kind, family-oriented man. I had the privilege of knowing and caring for him for many years

From: Charlene
Relation: Colleagues

I was so sorry to hear of Greg’s passing. I worked with Greg for many years at BCLC and have many fond memories of Greg. He had a great sense of humour, a special technique eating his grapefruit in the coffee hub and always willing to help his colleagues in any way he could. He was a wonderful, caring person and was especially proud of his family. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. he will be greatly missed.

From: Don & Daphne Whitwick
Relation: Friends

Hi Thalita, we are so sorry, we have hoped so much for Greg to survive this and I know from your messages he tried so very hard to do just that.

I know we did not get to spend a lot of time with you guys but with the time we did have we could see how great Greg was, the loss is unmeasurable.

Our thought are with you and Charlotte

Don & Daphne

Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
June 22, 2024
Beginning at 1:00pm

Location:
South Arm United Church
11051 No. 3 Road
Richmond, BC Canada

11051 No. 3 Road
Richmond, BC Canada

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