Obituary of Gregory OSINCHUK

GREGORY (GREG) JOSEPH OSINCHUK On March 1, 2009, Greg, beloved husband of Irene, passed away at the age of 55 years. He also leaves to mourn his passing his mother-in-law Anastasia Brosnyak; brother-in-law George (Sally) Brosnyak; brother-in-law Gerry Brosnyak; sister-in-law Pat (Frank) Cotroneo; and nephews Blair Osinchuk; Frank and Anthony Cotroneo; Goddaughter Heather Gaska and his constant companion Kasha. He was predeceased by his parents Walter and Angela Osinchuk and brother Rick. Greg was born on April 16, 1953 in Winnipeg and grew up on Dufferin Avenue. He attended William Whyte, Aberdeen and St. John's High. Greg was proud of his North End roots. Greg loved sports. He played football for the St. John's Tigers; winning the 1972 Winnipeg High School Football League city championship. He also played for the Winnipeg Hawkeyes and later coached the St. John's Tigers and North Winnipeg Nomads. Greg was proud to be a Blue Bomber season ticket holder for 38 years. He loved to talk sports with his brothers-in-law at family gatherings. He was sad to see the Jets leave and hoped until his dying days that an NHL team would return to Winnipeg. Greg met Irene at St. John's High. They were married on August 1, 1981. Greg boasted that 28 years of marriage was one of his greatest achievements. They took many trips to Banff, Greg's favourite place on earth. Greg received his private pilot's license, fulfilling a childhood dream. He had the patience and perseverance to do anything, from rebuilding a car engine to fixing a leaky faucet and was always willing to lend a hand to others. Greg's brother Rick was his mentor. When Rick passed Greg missed his advice and guidance. Greg loved animals, rescuing many stray dogs, going to great lengths to reunite them with their owners. He loved to spend time with his dog Kasha. Greg cherished the memories and friendships he made throughout his life, often having a good story to tell about the "shenanigans" that were played on teammates and friends. Greg would like to thank Graham Kinley; his St. John's High School football coach for being a positive role model and influence in his life. Special thanks to Dr. Greg Wilson, Linda and staff of 1021 Court Avenue for many years of care and friendship. In accordance to Greg's wishes a private family service was held. Greg asks his family and friends to remember him by sharing some stories and a few laughs. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations may be made in Greg's memory to: Children Of Chornobyl Canadian Fund, 2118 - A Bloor Street West, Suite 200, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M6S 1M8; or to a charity of your choice. An online book of condolences may be signed at #33 Forever
A Memorial Tree was planted for Gregory
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