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DAMAN-WILLEMS, Gregory Howard

Posted By Obits On August 14, 2013 @ 9:26 AM In Obituary | 26 Comments

March 10, 1955 – Winnipeg, MB
August 14, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Peacefully, on August 14, 2013, Greg Daman-Willems passed away after a battle with stomach cancer at the age of 58. Greg was born in Winnipeg, MB to Howard and Anne Daman-Willems. In 1983 Greg was united in marriage to Sonia (nee Stratuliak). In 1986 they had a son, Curtis Daman-Willems.

Greg was predeceased by his parents, Howard and Anne Daman-Willems, his mother in law, Mary Stratuliak, uncles and aunts and by his nephew Kevin Delaney.

Greg will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife of 30 years, Sonia Daman-Willems of Calgary, AB; son Curtis Daman-Willems and wife Kelly of Calgary, AB; his sister Dianne and husband Norm Mitchel of Winnipeg, MB; brother Wayne Daman-Willems and wife Carol of Winnipeg, MB and sister Monica and husband Jim Delaney of Sherwood Park, AB. Also surviving father in law, Tony Stratuliak of Ethelbert, MB; brother in law Bill and wife Bernice Stratuliak of Dauphin, MB; sister in law Elsie and husband Jim Jorgensen of Duncan, BC and brother in law Wayne Stratuliak of Ethelbert, MB. His nephew Derek and his nieces Sandra, Paige, Vanessa and Jaelyn and their families. There are also numerous cousins and their families.

Greg’s first job was working as a delivery boy for his uncles George and Norbert Benderski who operated a corner grocery store in Winnipeg. After that he was employed by Westfair Foods (Loblaws) for 27 years and then became a parts driver for Bumper to Bumper. His last employment was with Kidco Construction as a parts driver for heavy equipment. He enjoyed travelling and watching hockey and football but his passion was golfing. Greg golfed every Sunday with his friends Pat, Mark and Bill and also joined a seniors Tuesday league. He especially looked forward to his spring and fall golfing excursions to Las Vegas, Palm Springs and Phoenix. Greg will be remembered for his sense of humour and that he made sure everyone was taken care of before himself.
A Celebration of Greg’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W. Calgary, AB), on Monday, September 9, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Greg Daman-Willems may be made by email to www.albertacancer.ca/memorial or cheques can be sent to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, 1331- 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 9Z9. The family would like to thank Dr. Dowden, Dr. Sinha, the nurses and staff of Unit 47 of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary, AB, for their care and compassion.

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Condolence from Theresa Antonio on August 29th, 2013 9:43 AM

There are no words to express my condolences for your loss after this long and difficult journey. Please know that I am thinking about you and sending thoughts of love and strength.

Condolence from John Welsh on August 29th, 2013 9:54 AM

Sonia and Curtis, thoughts and prayers are with you.


Condolence from Jim Courtney on August 29th, 2013 9:57 AM

Hi Sonia:
Take care and please call or send me an email when we can get to-gether for lunch sometime. Time heals, not quickly or easily; but it does.

Condolence from Steve Van Tuyl on August 29th, 2013 10:22 AM

My deepest sympathies.
I fondly remember the time I spent working with Greg with Sunspun and RCWC. He always brought a smile to my face with his humour and we could always talk about hockey and other sports to no end. A great guy who will be missed…

Condolence from Manny on August 29th, 2013 10:42 AM

I hope you and your family find comfort in knowing that God takes care of all his Children. May the memories of Greg and the love of family surround you and give you strength in the days ahead.

Condolence from Dena on August 29th, 2013 1:09 PM

Sonia my thoughts are with you at this time. Take comfort in knowing he is at peace now.

Condolence from Dave v M on August 29th, 2013 5:53 PM

The laughs we had, the car talk we did, his expressed joy of family…..that is how I remember Greg. Good thoughts left from a good guy!

Not bad! Thanks Greg! My thoughts are with you Sonia!

Condolence from Heather Chetwynd on August 29th, 2013 5:58 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Heather

Condolence from Heather Chetwynd on August 30th, 2013 5:18 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

Condolence from Daphne MacDonell on September 3rd, 2013 9:57 AM

Sonia & Curtis,
I am so very sorry for your loss. Greg will forever be remembered by me for his generosity, humor and most of all his kindness.
He was a good friend and will be missed deeply.

Condolence from Ray & Bea Roach on September 3rd, 2013 6:59 PM

Dear Sonia
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this
difficult time.
Ray & Bea
Winnipeg Man.

Condolence from Ray & Bea Roach on September 4th, 2013 10:37 AM

Sonia & Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
God Bless.
Ray & Bea
Winnipeg Manitoba

Condolence from Anne Miller on September 5th, 2013 7:38 AM

Sonia and Curtis;

Deepest Sympathies. Greg was a wonderful person, with such a big heart. One of the good guys! He could always put a smile on my face and will be surely missed. You are in my thoughts and prayers.


Condolence from Monica Delaney on September 6th, 2013 1:13 AM

Greg was my baby brother . I will always fondly remember all the great times times we had growing up together. The playing together as kids, the partying together as teens and the travelling together as adults. I will dearly miss you Greg. Until we meet again. With love

Condolence from Dianne Mitchel on September 6th, 2013 1:56 AM

Greg you were the youngest of the 4 of us . Me being the oldest had the privilege of doing all the babysitting. Later in life we alo enjoyed a couple of trips to Arizona. Also we can’t forget the time you and Jim sunk the styrofoam sailboat in Gull Lake. Thanks for all the good years we shared………Till we meet again….Dianne XOX

Condolence from Ted king on September 8th, 2013 12:34 PM

Shocked to read of Greg’s passing.Sonia my thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

Condolence from Jim and Genie Bouch on September 8th, 2013 5:17 PM

Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss.

Jim and Genie Bouch

Condolence from Craig and Myrna on September 8th, 2013 10:23 PM

Sonia & Curtis,
Our deepest sympathies for your loss.
Our fondest memory of Greg was playing “name that tune” at the local bar.
If only we could turn the clock back. We remember his great smile and sense of fun.
Please know that you are in our thoughts.
Craig & Myrna Cloutier

Condolence from Willie Chan on September 9th, 2013 9:37 AM

I have known and worked with Greg since 1987 when he was an institutional buyer and I was in the Deli merchandising team. I know now that he’s in the House of our Lord in peace and free of pain. Greg, so long, my friend and God bless Sonia and your family.

Condolence from Jo-Ann & Don Wardrop on September 9th, 2013 10:08 AM

Dear Sonia, Curtis & Kelly

Our sincere condolences.

We will always remember Greg’s great sense of humour.

Jo-Ann & Don Wardrop

Condolence from Greg & Marilyn McNulty on September 9th, 2013 11:18 AM


We really sincerely offer our condolences, to both you, your son and Greg’s family. We wish we could be there. We will be processing a donation to the Alberta Cancer Socitey in lieu of flowers as requested. We really wish we can be there for you, good luck today,

Greg & Marilyn McNulty

Condolence from Gary Southwood on September 9th, 2013 3:11 PM

Very sorry I could not attend the memorial today. Just had very bad travel connections getting home last night.
Thinking of you and Curtis today and all the great memories of “Spider”.
He truly was one of the Good Ones and will be sorely missed by all.
One of my best memories goes back to around 1980 when Greg and I went to Montreal for the Grey Cup out of Wpg. After that trip I knew he was one of a kind!!!
Take care and will speak with you in the near future when I am in Calgary.


Condolence from Monica and Mike Colavito on September 10th, 2013 11:38 AM

Dear Sonia and Family,
They say time heals all wounds, but our memories will always be there to remind us of everything. At this time remember all the good ones and cherish those times when you feel sad. Keep them close to your heart and peace be with you and yours. We offer our condolences at this time and hope you are well. Please TAKE CARE, lots of love and many prayers your way…LOVE from Monica and Mike Colavito, from Winnipeg, MB. God Bless.

Condolence from Brent & Sadie Benderski on September 11th, 2013 5:13 PM

Sonia and Willems family;

On behalf of my Mother (Sadie), myself and Benderski family; our sincere condolences.
Many fond memories of Greg, as he was a special part of my Dad and Uncle Norbert’s lives, and many Las Vegas memories.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

Condolence from Trudy Atwell on September 13th, 2013 4:10 PM

Hi Sonya,

I’m so sorry to hear about Greg, I’m sending you my deepest condolences.
If you ever need anything please don’t hesitate to call me.
Take care and miss you.
Big Hugs,

Condolence from Mike and Tracy Tomchuk on October 5th, 2013 9:03 AM

Sonia, Curtis and Kelly,
We were thinking of you today and wanted to let you know we are sending are prayers and thoughts to you. May the memories of Greg help you through the difficult times and may God keep you and guide you. Our deepest sympathy is extended to you all and Greg will always have a special place in our hearts. He is watching over us with a big smile and free of pain. Rest In Peace Greg.
Take Care of yourself Sonia and please know we are here for you and always thinking of you.
Sending our love and hugs,
Mike, Tracy, Kyle and Emma Tomchuk

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