Sep 29, 1951 – Mar 8, 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gregg Phillip Townsend, beloved husband, Dad, and Poppa, peacefully at home on the morning of March 8, 2018.
Gregg is predeceased by his parents, David Edgar “Ted” Townsend and Rose Helen Horovenko, brother Bob Townsend, brother-in-law Dave Kuny, and niece Caren Kuny.
He is survived by his wife and best friend, Dianne Townsend (Welsch); daughters Lindsay Townsend (Glenn Scott) and Jessie Kobelka (Errin); grandchildren Dianna Townsend, and Sawyer & Adrian Kobelka; sisters Sharon Kuny (Jack Evans), Lanie Salm (Marvin), and Julie Hulsebosch (Frank), as well as many nieces and nephews.
Gregg was born September 29, 1951 in Tisdale, Saskatchewan, where he was also raised. After completing high school, Gregg joined his parents in Port McNeill, BC, and began his apprenticeship in heavy duty mechanics shortly thereafter, which he completed after taking a year off to travel. He met his future wife, Dianne, also of Tisdale, at the wedding of his best friend to her best friend in the mid 70s. They settled first in Victoria, BC, and were married in Tisdale on July 1, 1978.
Their two daughters were born in Cranbrook, BC, where they lived while Gregg worked at the Sullivan Mine in Kimberley. In 1987, the family relocated to Campbell River, on Vancouver Island, where Gregg worked as a heavy duty mechanic for the mining operations at Myra Falls (Westmin, etc), until 2008. After a few years working for Suncor in Fort McMurray, Alberta, Gregg retired with Dianne to their new home in Cumberland, BC in the spring of 2012.
The family would like to thank Dr. Jonathan Reggler for caring for Gregg through the past several years and for his compassion for Gregg’s family in the wake of his passing; Sheila, from the remicade clinic, of whom Gregg thought highly; and Comox Valley Funeral Home for their care through Gregg’s final journey.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Crohn’s and Colitis Canada, or to the Alzheimer’s Society in honour of both Rose and Lanie.
You really were our Rockstar. Our Forever Hero. Our best Poppa. We love you. There will be no service at this time.
Comox Valley Funeral Home