Gregory John AGNEW

AGNEW, Gregory John


December 22, 1949 – November 23, 2008


Greg was born in Toronto, Ontario to Robert and Vivian Agnew, brother to Gary, Pamela and Fred. He passed away in Kimberly BC, after a lengthy battle with Cancer.


Before moving to Vancouver Island in 1980, Greg owned a limousine company in Toronto and was chauffeur to many famous people such as Cher, the Guess Who and the Rolling Stones, Greg enjoyed telling everyone about his many and varied experiences with the “stars”!


He met Cindy Wingert and her son James in 1986; together with his son Chris, they made a blended family in a little house on Twillingate Road in Campbell River.


They moved to Alder Street in 1987, and their family grew to include six more children. Greg worked for Able Transport as transportation manager, moving houses up and down the Island. He was an avid drummer in many “old time rock and roll” bands, including Island Drive and Midnight Flyer.


Greg was a talented finishing carpenter who spent many hours in the shop in the backyard, creating unique custom furniture for his family and friends.


Camping trips were an unforgettable experience with the Agnews; in spite of the multitude of gear necessary for their large family, we camped every summer for extended periods of time. No one will forget the “Forest Fire” episode!!


Many picnics (even in the living room!), trips to Parksville, the Flintstones water park, mini-golfing, shopping expeditions, – we did it all – the size of our family did not stop us from enjoying all this and more. We had packing (and unpacking) down to a science.


One of our favourite things to do as a family was to go watch Dad play in his band (there were many different bands over the years)… at the Foreshore on Canada Day, in the Plaza parking lot, the Cod Jigger’s Stomp, Mike and Tina’s… those are wonderful memories.


Greg will be sadly missed and deeply mourned by Cindy, and his children – Chris (Amanda), James, Amanda, Samantha, Melissa, Sarah, Emma and Alexander, and his grandchildren – Breanne, Aubrey, McKenzie and little Hannah.


Please join us for a celebration of Greg’s life on Tuesday, December 16th, at 1:00 pm at the Salvation Army Ocean Crest Church, 291 McLean Street (250) 287-3720.