Gregory Nigel Chan

6 January, 19639 September, 2021
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Gregory Nigel Chan

January 6, 1963 - September 9, 2021

Our beloved Gregory passed peacefully at St. Michael's Hospital with his wife, Debra, by his side. Gregory was the second eldest of three siblings. He was born in Guyana to Valerie (Ho-A-Yun) and Percy Chan. He came to Canada in August of 1989.

Gregory worked in IT and had a long career of over 20 years at Seneca College. He sustained a brain injury in a cycling accident and could no longer continue his career. A second accident, in which his minivan was hit by another vehicle, caused more injuries. Through sheer determination and the continued efforts of his support group, he was able to maintain some sense of normalcy.

Gregory was a quiet person, studious and thoughtful, but showed hands-on talent in other areas. He did his own home renovations and car maintenance, until his injury curtailed those activities. He always tried to challenge himself by delving into new things, such as his leather artwork and guitar playing.

A loving husband to Debra, Gregory is also survived by his sister Jennifer (Sam) and brother Stanley. He was uncle to nieces Elizabeth (Kevin) and Stephanie.

Taken too soon, so unexpectedly, our hearts are deeply saddened. He will be sadly missed by his family and his many friends.

In lieu of floral tributes, donations can be made to St. Michael's Hospital or the Heart & Stroke Foundation, in Gregory's honour.

We wish to extend our gratitude to the doctors and nurses at St. Michael's for their compassionate care. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Jerrett Funeral Homes and visitation will take place on Saturday, September 18 from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Chan family.


18 September

Funeral Service

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Jerrett Funeral Homes

660 Kennedy Road
Toronto, ON M1K2B5


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Debra Chung

18 September 2021

Wish you would have stayed for a little while,
But you left without ever saying "Goodbye".
My love for you will never die, 'cause you'll always be by my side.
I'm left alone in an empty home; with no one to call my own.
There are so many things that were left undone,
It's as if you'll soon be coming back home now.
But I realize that's not to be - My heart has been shattered in a million pieces you see.
I already miss you lots; wish the hands of time would turn back the clock.
An Angel came and took your hand, now that you're in God's promise land - No more pain nor suffering.
Take care my love until we meet again.

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal."

With loving thoughts, forever in my heart. Love always, your wife.

Warren Chung

17 September 2021

I am still in a state of shock, I could not have asked for a better Brother-In-Law. Greg, thank you for being a great husband to my sister and a great human being. We have nothing but beautiful memories, you will never be forgotten.

Ian, Monique and Earlene (New York)

Shirley Mangallon

17 September 2021

I am saddened to hear of Greg's passing. I started at Seneca over 20 years ago (maybe just a year before Greg) and met him when my computer was not working. I remember thinking what a quiet but kind soul this guy was. It was because of people like him that I am still working at the college today.

My condolences to Greg's wife and family. May you find comfort in knowing he was a good man who helped many.

Raymond Persaud

17 September 2021

words cannot express the loss of losing such a good friend and neighbour.Please accept our deepest condolences to Debra and all the family, We will miss him.

Charmaine McCurvin

17 September 2021

Hello Debra,
I am sadden my this news, my deepest and sincere condolences to you and your family.

I knew Greg from working at Seneca College he was such a gentle man, and very easy to have a chat with; his sense of humor always leave me smiling. He will be missed but not forgotten.

Greg may your soul continue to rest in eternal peace!

Charmaine McCurvin, Seneca College

Amanda Muise

17 September 2021

Greg, you've left a 'shark eating Greg's head' sized hole in our weekly zoom meeting. Your humour was often subtle, your wit was often quick, your support for your peers was endless. You inspired by example - art, music, exercise, and trying new things. You showed an openness to new ideas and concepts and made every effort to improve your life and the lives of the people around you. You will be missed. My condolences to your family and friends and to all of the others you touched along the way. Amanda (CHIRS)

John wong

17 September 2021

Dear Debra,
Sorry to hear the very sudden passing of Greg. He was a dear and loyal friend and a part of the Friday Boys. He had a sense of humour where everyone had enjoyed. He always did things to the utmost whether playing cards, craft, biking or fishing, but with fun memories. We will surely missed him.
Our deepest condolences to you and family.
John Wong

Johana Raudez

17 September 2021

Dear Debra
I was so sad and shocked to hear of your husband passing .
We all know that One of the biggest truths in this world is death so real as life itself. But still it is so very difficult to let go of the people that we love . Your dear husband Greg is not more and I know not words can comfort your heart. Just remember that when the ones we love are taken away from us so soon we still have a way to keep them living and that way is to never stop remembering and loving them . I know his leaving so unexpectedly leave you a heartache that no one can heal but you are a brave and resilient person and you have the memories of all those wonderful moments that you share together and they will give you the strength to deal with your loss
Remember that :
“ Those we love do not go away , they walk beside us everyday. Unseen, unheard but always near. Still loved , still missed and held up so dear. “
I pray to god to give you comfort for the coming days. And bring beautiful memories that you can reminisce and that they fill up your heart with peace . May happy and beautiful memories of your husband comfort you at this time and stay with you for ever . My sincere condolences to you and the family .

Wanetta Cheung

16 September 2021

Wanetta Cheung

16 September 2021

Dear Debra,

I was so sad and shocked to hear of Greg’s passing. I remember what a kind, caring person Greg was. Whenever we visited your home, he was so hospitable, An excellent baker, he made the most delicious patties and pine tarts. Greg’s artistic talents were also exceptional. At the last family reunion, we all received a souvenir with the map of Guyana which Greg had made using his woodworking skills. His leather work was really beautiful as was evident in the woodland scene he made for my granddaughters. He will be greatly missed by family and friends, but especially by you. May he Rest In Peace.

Our deepest sympathy to you.

Wanetta, Hym and family

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