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Coutts Funeral Home & Cremation Centre

96 St Andrews Street, Cambridge, ON

OBITUARY

Gregory Arthur Nagel

October 29, 1968September 11, 2020
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NAGEL, Greg

It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of Greg Nagel on Friday September 11, 2020 in his 52nd year . He passed peacefully after a brief but very courageous battle with cancer in his favorite place, his home, with an entire room full of family by his side.

After graduating from Conestoga College, Greg started his career with Delta Elevator where he was employed for over 30 years. Greg took great pride in his role as Construction Supervisor where he mentored many apprentices in a highly skilled trade.

In his off hours you would either find him working around his property or with his brothers giving them a helping hand with the many projects they had on the go. Not being one to sit for too long, when he wasn't 'working' at something, he was off doing one of the many outdoors sports he loved such as fishing or snowmobiling.

Greg's biggest love, however was his family. His heart belonged fully and completely to his beloved wife Sue and his two daughters Jessica and Emily. The strength of their bond is indestructible and will continue on in the many wonderful memories they shared and values he instilled. Although his time on earth was far too short, the roots he grew were so deep they will survive the strongest of storms.

Greg will also be greatly missed by his immediate and extended family that include his parents, Arthur and Lena Nagel; brothers Allen Nagel, and his wife Cristina and their children Danielle and Ryan Nagel; Jason Nagel and his wife Cassandra and their children Tristan and Catrina Nagel, mother in law Sharon Eldred, father in law Don Eldred, brothers in law Jeff Eldred and his wife Isabell; Chris Eldred and his wife Debi and their children Jake and Jordan Eldred.

In accordance with current Covid-19 Provincial, Federal and the Bereavement Authority of Ontario regulations, special arrangements have been made to accommodate the safety and convenience of everyone. Access to the facility will be controlled and all visitors will be required to wear a mask, to provide the funeral home personnel with their name and telephone number upon arrival, and to observe physical distancing measures while on the premises. Visitation will be held at COUTTS FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION CENTRE (96 St. Andrews Street, Cambridge, 519-621-1650) on Tuesday, September 15 from 7-9 pm. and again on Wednesday, September 16 from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Upon arrival to the scheduled events, funeral home staff will provide complete directions. Due to the current restrictions, the funeral will be limited to immediate family, however a celebration of life will take place at the family residence on Thursday, September 17 from 4-9 p.m. for anyone wishing to honour Greg with a drink and sharing of memories.

As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society would be greatly appreciated. Family and friends are invited to sign Greg’s online book of condolences.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Memories

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Erika Price

September 17, 2020

I have many fond memories and stories of Greg. In the short 8 years I have had the pleasure of working by his side (as his “right hand man” he would call me) we have laughed, argued (downright fought some days), had each other’s back and been there for one another. I cant even count how many times he has given me advice. He mentored me not only through work issues and learning curves, but in life too. He listened to me (sometimes begrudgingly), offered his opinion or suggestion how to move forward and always followed up to see how everything turned out to make sure I was ok. Even though he carried around a rough, seemingly grumpy exterior…. He was actually just a big marshmallow. This is especially true when it came to his Girls. I respected Greg from day 1 as a superior at work, but as I got to know him I began to respect him on an entirely different level. He took care of his family. He LOVED them more than anything else on this earth. All 3 of them (Sue, Jessica and Emily) were the heart and soul of that man and there is nothing that could have ever stood between him and his family. That is the memory that I’m going to hold onto. That is the lesson I’m going to carry with me in his name.
Greg, thank you for being my friend, my “Boss”, my mentor, my inspiration, and someone I could lean on when times were rough. I wish I could lean on you now. I miss you so much and will miss you everyday. I’m incredibly thankful I had the opportunity to know you and have you be such a hugely influential person in my life. Rest in peace big guy

Catrina Nagel

September 17, 2020

I am so lucky because I had an amazing Uncle.
He was the type of Uncle who never really grew old.
His smile was made of sunshine and his heart was solid gold.
He had an amazing laugh and was very funny.
He never gave up on anyone so we can’t give up on him.
Just because we can’t see him doesn’t mean he can’t see us.

I remember whenever my parents wanted to go out; Uncle Greg would never think twice on taking my brother and I.

I pray that he knows I Love Him 💕 Sooo Much 🥰!!!!

He would always surprise me at my hockey games and would always support me in my problems.

I can’t tell you how much I love him!
I will miss you Uncle Greg ❣️❣️

Jason, Cassandra, Tristan and Catrina Nagel

September 16, 2020

Greg,

From weekends working on the property to Knights of Columbus Dances and Camping Trips up north! I have never seen a Family Work so hard, Play so hard and Love so hard!

You have taught us all so much over the years and your Memories and Words of Wisdom will never fade! Whether it was a head shake or a smile everyone always knew where they stood with you. No matter what would happen you had zero judgment and wise words to help in any situation. I know Jason and I will be forever thankful for the long talks in the shop and the garage. You have helped us see things when we were blind to it and really brought understanding in difficult times. You are a true man of Honour!

Tristan and Catrina have been so blessed to have such a Phenomenal Uncle. It meant the world to them when you would come to their Hockey Games. They always looked and smiled so big when they would look up and see you! Their favourite part of all was when they had the opportunity to sleep over and spend time with the Family! You always made them feel so loved and welcomed!!! Thank you!!!

We couldn't feel more blessed than to of had such a great role model for the kids to grow up with! There will not be a day that goes by where we do not think about you! We will Love you forever - you will never be forgotten! ❣️❣️

Ben Seyler

September 16, 2020

Since the day I started at delta elevator Greg always treated me with so much respect, he was the kind of guy you could only dream of working for. He always made time for me when I needed help or had questions even if he was heading out the door, he made me feel like family. I will miss how he loved talking shop at the end of the day and his big chuckles,he was a big guy with an even bigger heart and I can only imagine the love and care he gave to his family. He was like a second father to most of us mechanics and his teaching will live on through us, he was more than a boss he was a great friend. I am blessed to have known him for so many years, my heart is with his family.

Debi Glaser-Eldred

September 16, 2020

We started out as a gang over 30 years ago back when Greg and my (now) husband Chris were high school buddies and Sue and I were as well. We all began hanging out most weekends at the Eldred house, having a ton of fun (sometimes too much fun) and it wasn't long before Chris and I started dating and then Greg and Sue. We got engaged the same year , weddings following shortly after and then came families and careers.

While life sometimes took us in different directions for short periods, we always had this core family base in which we were completely centered. We grew up together, raised our kids together, helped each other whenever needed, socialized and traveled together. Together with the entire Nagel and Eldred families we have so many wonderful memories.

Over the past thirty years, I have had the privilege to watch Greg evolve from a party hardy teen to a devoted and loving family man. His actions made it clear that Sue was love of his life and Jessica and Emily his absolute pride and joy. In addition, he became a highly regarded tradesman, leader and mentor in his field as well. To add to the list, Greg was a wonderful brother-in-law (more like a brother), amazing uncle and best of friends. He was quiet but incredibly intelligent. Tough yet gentle. A protector of everything he held dear. Strong in his principles yet compassionate and warm with a heart of gold. He even made me embrace the term 'though but', which I never would have thought could happen (lol). He was hard working, kind, loyal, attentive, and had a great sense of humour.

I couldn't be prouder of the man he turned into. His passing too soon will forever leave a hole in our hearts that will never be filled. His legacy, however, will live on through us all.

Jeff Righton

September 16, 2020

Unfortunately I am not able to attend but know I hold Greg in highest regards, He is the epitome of old school tradesman with a long history of teaching his craft to so many! I consider my self lucky to have had the privilege of working with greg, spending some great times at the family home and always having his most valued opinion when I needed it! I know the pain of his loss will burn long, my thoughts and prayers to Sue, his Girls and all the extended family. RIP Greg and thank you!

Sandra Kreller

September 15, 2020

Dear Jessica and family,
The Kreller family is sending our deepest sympathies and love at this time. Know our prayers and thought our with you and your family at this time.
The Kreller Family

Allen, Cristina, Danielle and Ryan Nagel

September 15, 2020

Greg, the bond you have with Allen will never die!! Your relationship with both your brothers was so close and unbreakable. You shared everything, helped and protected each other in so many ways. You became a voice of reason and helped us all through difficult times!! You are so much more than an uncle to our children, you always cared and asked Danielle about her achievements and provided so much encouragement for her. She always speaks about how good you make her feel!! You were always so proud of Ryan and helped him with his growth and knowledge in the elevator industry. Helped him grow into a good man!! You were right there along with Allen being a dad and treating our children as your own!! I always loved laughing with you!! We love you so much and will miss you forever!! Love always, Allen, Cristina, Danielle & Ryan ❤️

karen & wayne paquette

September 14, 2020

Yesterday, I was struck down with heartbreaking emotion and at a hugh loss ... Greg God Bless You!

I wanted to share a favourite memory of my Best man's Brother Greg.

It has been the betterside of 12 yrs, since I last seen Greg, Sue and Jessica, and Emily Nagel.

At the time , we made a move to Nova Scotia.

When I lived in Cambridge, a big part of my time was spent with Allen and Cristina and both their families. Greg and Sue, their girls were always visiting ( like myself) at Allen and Cristina's weekend socials by the pool. Many times though we would attend Greg and Sue's for similar entertainment.

My favourite memory of Greg was his joyful greeting towards me at every gathering upon my arrival. Greg would always have a great smile and giggle.

With me and Greg the routine was always the same exchange of commentary : Greg would always be the first to greet - he would say, " How are you making out BUCK-CO ?!"

And I would answer one of two ways depending on how Greg's attire was at the time. For instance, if he was wearing his work clothes and boots, I would respond, "What are you saying? Fuzz ball !! " ( because his hair was overdue to get cut).

Or if he just received a haircut or wearing fancy dud's, I would respond, " Where you off too - SLICK?!

And evertime we would laugh at our foolishness.

Greg's wife Sue had a similar way of greeting, as well ... Sue always with out fail would greet me with , "Hello Wayne-O ... where's the wife?!" I believe she stamped me with this because of Ted Nugent's song WAHG-O-ZEE-TANGO.

Man, they were always sincere and accepting of me and I really appreciated their friendship.

I miss you Greg and I mourn your death

Wayne Paquette & Family NOVA SCOTIA

Charlene Holloway (Burnett)

September 14, 2020

Dear Jessica and family,
Amber and I are sending you our deepest sympathies and love at this time. Know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers, sending you all comfort and strength.
Much love,
Charlene & Amber

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