SYLVESTRE, Gregoire “Greg” James

November 21, 1963 – June 21, 2021

We are sad to announce the passing of our beloved son and brother, Gregoire “Greg” James Sylvestre on Monday, June 21, 2021 at the age of 57.

Greg was born in Edmonton on November 21, 1963 to Phil and Mona Sylvestre. His life was filled with many accomplishments including, Youth of the Year in 1988, and raising funds for the Cochrane Bethany Care Centre to name just a few. He was employed most recently with CNRL and before that Yellow Pages, RBC, Medi-Chair, H & R Transport, and in his younger years at the Town of Cochrane as a dispatcher for the Fire and Ambulance Department. We will always remember his incredible smile, quick wit, and his determination to participate in as many activities as possible.  He will remain in our hearts and memories forever.

Greg is survived by his Mother, Mona; siblings, Tony (Teresa), Jo-Anne, Troy (Deanna), Lisa (Brent), Jean-Paul (Jennifer); numerous nieces and nephews; great-nieces and nephews; and long-time friends, Mike (Kara) Wilfley. Greg was predeceased by his father, Phil; and his brother, Todd.

The family would like to thank the Peter Lougheed Hospital Staff on Unit 38 for their great care.

Memorial donations may be made in Greg’s name to calgaryhealthfoundation.ca

A private memorial service was held on Sunday, July 4, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.

“Good to be seen”

Arrangements entrusted to Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director

Cochrane Country Funeral Home – email: cochrane@piersons.ca – Ph: 403-932-1039

  1. On 26/06/2021 at 6:57 pm Barry Thorson Said:

    Dear Mona, Lisa, Tony, and all of Greg’s family:

    I’m living in Sydney, Australia currently, and my mom just texted me with the news of Greg’s death. It is a very sad Sunday morning for me here. Please accept my deepest condolences.

    Working with Greg at the Cochrane Foodmaster was a seminal time in my life, perhaps the key experience of my youth. Greg took me under his wing, watched out for me, stood up for me against a town bully, and provided me with the coolest and greatest role model an 1980s Cochrane punk like me could ask for.

    I will never forget going to visit Greg at Foothills hospital, shortly after his skiing accident. I had never before experienced such an upheaval of my emotions as I did that day. Greg called me over to the bed (the room, I recall, was full of visitors), held my hand in his, and asked how I was doing. None of it made sense. Except his kindness and compassion at a time he could be forgiven for not showing it.

    I was grateful to spend some time with him again when I interviewed him for a project I was doing with CHAPS in 2005. A video was recorded of this interview, and is currently in the possession of CHAPS. Please let me know if you’d like a copy of it, and I can see about arranging that for you.

    Much love to you all and, once again, my sincere condolences on the passing of such a great man.

    Barry Thorson

  2. On 27/06/2021 at 5:20 pm Merle J Ewonus Said:

    My dear friend Mona ….May you remain in the future, as strong as you have been your entire life. I send you my hugs, and loving support and sincere sympathy. Merle

  3. On 27/06/2021 at 6:13 pm Pat Bagby Said:

    My deepest condolences to the family. Greg was on of my best friends growing up in Cochrane. I will forever remember his amazing wit and charm with that amazing smile he had all the time. I do not remember once when Greg was not smiling. He had a heart of gold and touched many peoples lives with his kindness and positivity. He will be deeply missed in this world. A one of a kind in this world! We need more humans like him in this world today. My heart goes out to the family. May he Rest In Peace, never will he be forgotten!

  4. On 29/06/2021 at 9:37 am Arlene Sylvestre Said:

    Mona and family. I’m so sorry to hear of Greg’s passing. Our prayers are with you

  5. On 29/06/2021 at 5:03 pm Christine Lundahl Said:

    Mrs.Sylvestre, I am so saddened to hear about the loss of your son Greg. My heart breaks for you. A mother’s pain of losing a child would be almost unbearable, I watched my parents go through it when we lost my brother Roland at the young age of 21. And you have had to endure losing a child twice. My thoughts are with you at this most difficult time <3 Christine

  6. On 29/06/2021 at 8:58 pm Dawn Lewis Said:

    To Mona and the entire Sylvestre family,
    I was deeply saddened to hear of Greg’s passing. Even though I didn’t know him as well as some of the other Sylvestre family members, I will always remember Greg with a smile. He was always kind and witty….but aren’t you all? During his 57 years, I’m certain he made lasting memories for all of you to hold dear. My most sincere condolences and biggest hugs go out to the entire family.
    Dawn Lewis

  7. On 30/06/2021 at 5:54 pm Grainne Coyle Said:

    Dear Lisa, Mona and family
    I am so very, very sorry to learn of Greg’s passing.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your family.
    I hope your memories will give you some comfort in the coming difficult times.
    Grainne

  8. On 03/07/2021 at 12:31 pm Jeannine Elson Said:

    My sincere condolences to Greg’s family!! I’m so sorry for your loss and ours!! I was shocked to hear of his passing!! Greg was a very special friend to me and all his co-workers at Cnrl!! I will always cherish the laughs we had and how humble of a man Greg was!! He taught us all some important lessons in life!! Every Christmas and Valentine’s Day, Greg would leave all the ladies in his group some chocolates on our desks!! Always so thoughtful amd kind!! I will miss him dearly!! RIP my dear friend!! Until we meet again!! ❤️

  9. On 04/07/2021 at 8:54 am Jess Nicol Said:

    Thinking of you, Mona, JP and Jenn, and all Greg’s siblings. I will remember Greg as a kind soul who was always ready to offer a warm smile or laugh (both of which he prompted often in others, too). He always made me feel welcome in a room and was ready to settle in for a chat or a companionable silence. I know he will be deeply missed by so many. May you all have opportunity to remember so many of the special times you had with him.

    Jess

  10. On 04/07/2021 at 3:29 pm Lydia and Jim Graham Said:

    Dear Mona and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sorry for your loss of another treasured child Mona. Your memories will ease your sorrow with time. He will always be with you. Take care.

  11. On 04/07/2021 at 5:20 pm Chub and Teresa Hogarth Said:

    Our most sincere condolences to the Sylvestre family on Greg’s passing. He was a great guy, quick with a joke or a smile and he will be missed.
    Hugs to all, Chub and Teresa Hogarth

  12. On 06/07/2021 at 8:17 am Robyn MacKay Said:

    We are so sorry for your loss and send you love, strength and compassion. We have wonderful memories of Greg and they bring such smiles and joy to us.
    The MacKay Family

  13. On 07/07/2021 at 1:55 pm G Kewley Said:

    So sorry to hear of Gregg’s passing.
    He had a keen sense of humor and a sharp wit that I always admired.
    I had not seen him for years however I will never forget him.
    My families condolences to your family, he was one of a kind.

    G T Kewley

  14. On 07/07/2021 at 2:49 pm Sherry Said:

    I am so sorry to hear of Greg’s passing,- I work at CNRL- his quiet smile will be missed by many. My sincerest condolences to his family

  15. On 01/08/2021 at 9:27 am Dan McKim Said:

    I just heard of the passing of my dear friend Greg Sylvestre. I am stunned.

    I am going to miss you so much. You held me up at a time when I needed it most. So kind and patient with me.

    RIP my dear friend. You have been on my mind so much! Until we meet again.

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