Gregory Cross was born in Hanna, Alberta on October 9, 1964, the fifth child of Betty and Bill Cross. He completed his schooling in Hanna and enjoyed playing hockey, skateboarding and other recreational activites. After high school, Greg held many construction jobs in the Hanna area and was also employed in maintenance at the Rangeland School division. He attended SAIT in Calgary where he completed the Power Engineering course. The Sheerness power plant was his first employment in this field and in 1997, Greg moved to a position at Sundance near Wabamum Alberta. In 2000, he moved to Golden B.C. to work in the pulp mill industry at Louisiana Pacific Canada. His years in Golden were spent on an acreage which he bought up on the side of the mountain. It was a beautiful spot where he worked hard building a large quonset which was to be a haven for skiers and sledders. Greg had a passion for motorbike riding, sledding and skiing which he was able to pursue living in this area. When the economy got slow, Greg secured a great position in Kitimat at the Caribou Pulp mill and he purchased a nice little house. He continued his outdoor sports and was able to do some awesome fishing. In March, 2010, when the Kitimat plant was to be closed down, Greg then moved to Quesnel B.C. where he was employed as a P&R Shift Supervisor at West Fraser Pulp Mill until his motorbike accident, April 3, 2010 where he sustained a severe brain injury. Halvar Johnson Centre for Brain Injury in Ponoka was his residence until November of 2011 when he was transferred to Carewest Garrison Green in Calgary Alberta. Greg was predeceased by his father, Bill in December, 2004, one love of his life, Tess in April, 2011, his grandmother Anne Aitcheson in December 2011 and his loving mom, Betty in January, 2012 and a much admired nephew, Coby Cross in February 2012. He leaves to mourn, his brothers – Randy (Linda), Barry (Lynne), his sisters- Julie (Norm) Roe, Jacquie (Dennis) Charlton as well as numerous nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews,and very special friends Gary, Corinne and Shane Galarneau and the second love of his life, Emma. He will always be remembered as a man with great enthusiasm about the outdoors, an endless love for his dogs and someone who pursued many challenges of nature. His smile will remain in our hearts forever.
A Celebration of Greg’s Life will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 1 p.m. At Riverbend Golf Course Clubhouse, Red Deer, AB.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Halvar Johnson Centre for Brain Injury, Box 1000, Ponoka AB T4J 1R3, STARS, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Box 570, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8M7 , or Pitbulls for Life, Box 3608, Spruce Grove, AB T7X 3A8.