Gregory Rueben DawsonSeptember 17, 1961 ~ June 22, 2020
Greg passed away suddenly at home on June 22nd. He was 58 years old. What he did in those 58 years has touched many. Born in Durban, South Africa, Greg accomplished much. His role in life was that of educator, first as a high school teacher then a business trainer. He loved the Boy Scout movement, becoming a Springbok Scout and then leading scout troops. He served in the military in South Africa, but most importantly, met his beautiful wife Louise there. In 1995 they immigrated to Canada landing in Calgary, Alberta, where Greg first worked at PBSC as an applications trainer, and earned his Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer certification. He then worked for Fraser Milner Casgrain as IT support. While in Calgary Greg co-wrote a Microsoft study guide for Windows Server 2000 and, most importantly, honed his skills fly fishing, making fly fishing flies, and building bamboo fly fishing rods. Greg loved fishing and his iconic green Tilly with hooks was a constant advertisement for that. He loved the outdoors and he loved watching British soccer. Greg and Louise moved to the Yukon in October, 2005, where Greg took on the role (his first of many) of Business Architect for Northwestel. Greg was many things to many people… a friend, mentor, teacher, co-worker, leader, and the list goes on. With this list and through his humour and wit, Greg managed to deliver what was needed every time. His community involvement included volunteering for the Yukon River Quest, Rendezvous, and serving on the board of Many Rivers. Greg touched the lives of so many. It is because of his zest for living life and sharing, and his incredible humanity that he will be missed so dearly by so many.
Cancer touched Greg through his mother and wife, so a fund has been set up for the Canadian Cancer Society in lieu of flowers. Donate Here
A celebration of life is being planned for Saturday, July 18th at 1:00. Due to social distancing requirements, details are being worked out and will be available in the coming days. Notification will be sent out through Heritage North and social media.