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GREIG, Sylvia Anne (nee Spivak)

February 14, 1961
July 28, 2019

Sylvia, beloved wife of John Greig, passed away at the tender age of 58.

Sylvia loved to travel to many destinations over her thirty-eight years of marriage to John, which included Hawaii, Bahamas, Jamaica, Mexico and, most recently, Nova Scotia. Her favorite pastime was getting everyone together (friends and family) and going camping. She also loved to shop and was the best at finding new spices in the U.S. on the yearly trips with her sister.

She will be greatly missed as she had a wonderful sense of humor; she exuded bravery, courage and strength; she offered guidance and she had a heart of gold.

Sylvia was the loving mother of Amanda (Derek) LaGrandeur and Kayla (Brad); and grandmother of Marlee, Ryley, Braiden, Emma and a fifth grandchild, due in August 2019.

Sylvia is fondly remembered by her sister, Linda (Fred) Greig, and her extended in-law family: parents-in-law, Ken and Audrey Greig; and siblings-in-law, Rose Tillings (John Kowch), Heather (Rod) Day, Marlene (Roch) Lalonde, Jim (Lori) Greig and Ernie (Sally) Greig. She has numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Neil and Verna Spivak. Sylvia also has many friends whom she cherished and loved deeply.

As per Sylvia’s request, no funeral service will be held. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Chinook Hospice, 1261 Glenmore Trail S.W., Calgary, AB T2V 4Y8, Telephone: (403) 258-0040; Foothills Country Hospice, PO Box 274, 322001 32 Street, Okotoks, AB T1S 1A5, Telephone (403) 995-4673; or AARCS – Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society, 5060 74 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 3C9, Telephone: (403) 250-7377.

Words cannot express how eternally grateful the family is to the Chinook Care Centre Hospice staff and to Sylvia’s extended family and friends for all the love, care and support they have given.

In living memory of Sylvia Greig, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Cindy Broughton

    I cannot tell how much I am going to miss you Sylvia. You are one in a million. You always had time to listen, to teach and to guide no matter if it was in our personal life or at work. You are a very special friend. I will treasure our 7 years at SysGen and will always remember the special times we had in event planning and getting everyone excited to attend. It was a privilege to be with you, to say goodby and to share with your family, all the treasured times we had with you. Go in peace my friend, may God carry you to the everlasting light. Love Cindy

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  2. Cheryl Richardet

    Sylvia & Family,
    Life is truly unfair sometimes, Sylvia is far too young to be taken away from us, she was truly the kindest most thoughtful person and always looked out for others. A bright light has faded in our world but the heavens will shine brighter as she rises, Rest In Peace my dear friend! I love you! Cheryl

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  3. Stephanie Laitre

    John, Amanda and Kayla;
    I will always cherish the special friendship Sylvia and I shared for over 20 years, working together at Xerox. I have a lot of very fond memories of Sylvia and she will always hold a special place in my heart.
    Wishing you and your families, peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead, and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
    May you be comforted by the outpouring of love and support

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  4. Marlene Lalonde

    Sylvia I will truly miss you…..I have known you most of my life and I will never forget you. I told you in the hospice how I thought life was so unfair and you told me that it was OK. Your one of the bravest person I know. Please visit often, have fun up there, watch over your loved ones and know that I will always be here for my brother(your hubby), your girls and your grand children so please don’t worry about them. Until we meet again I love you ❤️

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  5. Bob and Luke McNish

    Our thoughts and prayers are with u all at this very sad time . Love u all ❤️

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  6. Sabrina Broughton

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this tough time. What an amazing role model if there ever was one. Thank you Sylvia, for being that bright shining light for so many people during your lifetime, cut too short. We forever remember you as a caring, generous, fun loving, and hard working woman. I consider myself truly lucky to have known you Sylvia for the time I did. May you forever rest peacefully and in no pain, keep that big guy incharge upstairs in check.
    Much Love.

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  7. Johnny I’m so sorry for your loss, Sylvia was so kind always thinking of others, I send my condolences to you and her family, i wish i was able to be there but i can’t, she touched a lot of people with her love and kindness, I will never forget you
    Sweet angel

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  8. Dominika Komarnicki

    Sylvia was such an amazing person to know! I have many fond memories from the short time we worked together. Her kindness, her ability to always listen and be empathetic and supportive. I feel blessed to have shared a tiny bit of her in my life. My most sincere condolences to her family and friends. Rest in peace my friend.

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  9. Amanda Casagranda

    As many of you know my mom was an absolutely beautiful, smart, witty, yet sassy woman. I really don’t know how someone is supposed move on after losing their parent. That someone I confided in, called about 5 times a day to say hi, complain or tell you something really silly. I have already reached for my phone thinking to myself “I haven’t heard from you in a while”
    Mom you will forever be the biggest part of me and who I am today. Thank you for being the best part of me, and my children.
    Heaven truly gained a beautiful Angel!!!
    I love you more than words could ever express. Farewell and I will see you later ♥️

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  10. Brenda Dankmeyer

    John, Amanda and Kayla,
    I will always treasure and hold dear in my heart my memories of Sylvia. I worked with her at Xerox for many years and have wonderful memories of the person she was. Funny, bright, witty (to name a few) and always had that beautiful smile and infectious giggle no matter what challenges each day brought. She was a kind and beautiful soul that will be forever missed!
    Rest well my friend! You were taken from us far too soon!

    My deepest heartfelt sympathy to you and your families.

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  11. My Dearest Sylvia; with tears in my eyes and sadness in my heart, I love you so much my life will never be the same without you in it!! Our many many vacations, camping trips, dinners, tears together will never be forgotten, you are one in a million, and I will treasure every memory we have made together. I promise to help take care of your beautiful daughters as well as your awesome grandchildren, most of all I will be by Johnny’s side forever! We are gonna miss you my love, and I thank you for fighting for the little time we had when you first got sick. RIP you deserve nothing but the very best in heaven I will think of you always

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  12. Ken & Deb Forsyth

    To John, Amanda, Kayla & families, and all of Sylvia’s loved ones; we were saddened to learn of Sylvia’s illness and subsequent passing. We offer our very deepest sympathy.

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  13. Mike, Kathie, Tiffany & Austin Millan

    John, Amanda and Kayla;

    Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your families. We will miss Sylvia dearly. She was the sweetest, most lovable and kindest lady anyone could know. She was truly a blessing in our family.

    Please know that we love and care about you, and you are in our thoughts and in our hearts. Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

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  14. Lil and Gary Greggain

    We send our condolences to everyone in Sylvia’s family. We both worked with Sylvia at Xerox and she was always a smiling bubbly person. Rest in peace Sylvia. We will all miss you and remember you fondly.

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