It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Gregory (Greg) Lavallee, of Hinton, Alberta, on March 12, 2023, at the age of 72 years.
Left to mourn his loss is his wife of 42 years, Laura (Kephart) Lavallee, and their two children: Amber Lavallee and granddaughter Gracie Nickel, of Hinton, Alberta; Erika Lavallee (Scott Crane) and grandchildren Sophia, Chloe and Tanner Crane, of Grande Prairie, Alberta; his brother, Paul Lavallee, of High River, Alberta, and his sister, Deborah Lavallee, of Winnipeg, Manitoba,
Greg was predeceased by his father and mother, Herman and Vivian Lavallee, of St. Norbert, Manitoba, as well as numerous aunts and uncles.
Greg was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba, and grew up in St. Norbert, Manitoba. He was working temporarily in Hinton for CN Railway in 1978, where he met his wife, Laura, and they married in 1980. Greg worked for Cardinal River Coal, then Greg River Resources, while operating his own carpet cleaning business on his four days off. The family moved to Grande Prairie in October of 2000, and Greg worked for the Ekati and Diavik diamond mines north of Yellowknife, NWT, as a drill operator. Greg and Laura returned to Hinton in June of 2010.
His family and many of his friends will remember Greg as Santa Claus, something he loved to do and looked forward to every Christmas Eve. Halloween was also a passion, and he always enthusiastically decorated the house and yard, bringing back many trick or treaters year after year.
No service will be held at this time.