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WHITE, Gregor (Greg) Ian

February 8, 1923 – May 9, 2012

Gregor White beloved husband of Helene of Calgary passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at the age of 89 years in his home following a brief illness.

Born February 8, 1923 in Edinburgh, Scotland, the son of Dr. Frank David White MD/PHD and Nina MacGregor-White RN. His family immigrated to Winnipeg, MB, Canada in 1929. In his early years, Greg attended St. John’s College School, later graduating from Kelvin Grove High School in 1936 at the age of 16. Greg started at the University of Manitoba as a pre-med student. He quickly realized medicine was not his calling and enlisted with the Royal Canadian Navy, as an Able Seaman at the age of 17. Greg was assigned to convoy duty on the Atlantic Ocean, as an ASDIC Operator on the frigate HMCS Buckingham. He was honorably discharged at the end of WW II, as a Naval Sub-Lieutenant. Upon his return to Winnipeg, Greg enrolled at the University of Manitoba, graduating in 1947. During these later years he became a member of the Zeta Psi fraternity. Following his graduation Greg headed west to Alberta to begin his career in the “oil patch”. He met his wife, Helene, in Edmonton and they married in 1952. Greg first worked in the oil industry for Pacific Petroleum, and then a US company, Texas Pacific before starting his own company White Minerals Ltd. in 1966, which has been his passion ever since. Greg had a great affection for animals, and was a strong supporter of the SPCA, The Humane Society and other animal rescue organizations.

Greg is survived by his wife of 60 years, Helene (nee Oxley) White; his many relatives in Scotland; and many close friends.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 2:30p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, donations can be made directly to the SPCA or any other animal rescue organization of your choice.

In living memory of Gregor White, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Del Borggard :

    Please accept my deepest condolences for your loss of Greg. I was not a close friend but being a landman I had many opportunities to talk and visit with him at Calgary landman’s meetings, and shared a few drinks together when we crossed paths from time to time at Crown Sales in Edmonton. I was a young guy then and he impressed me. He had strong convictions and an interesting take on things. I hadn’t seen Greg in some time but I’m sure he was at it until the end; a good man.

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