Gregory (Greg) George RANKS

Greg Ranks came into this world on April 19, 1960 and made a courageous departure on April 28, 2022.

In the span of those 62 years Greg accomplished many things and in his own words he “had a good life”.

Greg leaves behind his heartbroken wife and partner in life of almost 30 years Reneé Ranks, his cherished son Curtis Ranks along with his two children Kyler and Madisyn. His sisters Lori Lambert and Kelly (Ashley) Van Camp as well as his “favorite mother-in-law” Judy Rivard. His brother in laws Ray (Jodi) Rivard and Russ (Darlene) Rivard. “Uncle Greg” leaves 8 nieces and nephews behind that will miss his funny antics, silly t-shirts and talks as well as 9 great nieces and nephews and of course many friends.

Greg was predeceased by his parents Dorothy & George Ranks and his father-in-law Lawrence Rivard

He will be deeply missed by all that had the privilege to know him as Greg was larger than life. He always had encouraging words and a positivity than shone through even on the darkest days.

Greg fought a fast and ferocious battle with cancer. When he was diagnosed in Aug 2021 he vowed to fight as hard as he could…and he did!

Greg was strong, courageous, gentle, funny, and so very loving to anyone who was lucky enough to have him in their lives and he handled the past eight months with grace, strength, and integrity. He was what one would call a “solid man”.

Greg is well known for the business he ran for the past 27 years. Diesel Component Rebuilders became a well-known name in the Oilfield sector. He built an amazing reputation in the industry and was highly valued and respected for his knowledge, fairness, patience, and kindness.

Greg loved hockey, sailing, quadding, his precious truck and quiet nights by the campfire. 

He will be truly missed by all who loved him and will forever be in our hearts.

A very special thanks to Dr. Naresh Jha at the Cross Cancer Institute for your wisdom, kindness and all the incredible stories! And to Dr. Omar Abdelsalam at the Cross Cancer Institute for your calming ways and encouraging words.

Nurse Josh at the Mazankowski Heart Institute.. You and Greg formed an immediate bond with your similar wit and humour. You made a couple of his days so much better with the laughs he so enjoyed.

If you would like to make a donation in Greg’s name (in lieu of flowers), we ask that you please donate to the Cross Cancer Institute, https://giving.albertacancer.ca/donate/wecrosscancer

A Celebration of Greg’s life will be held Saturday, May 21, 2022

Location: Sherwood Park Community Hall Log Cabin 50 Spruce Avenue, Sherwood Park, Alberta

Time: 1:00pm

Family Tribute: 2:00

Lunch: 3:00

Memories: 4:00 If you have a story or memory to share at this time please do so but keep it brief.

 

 

21 Comments

  1. The Honeys

    Renee and family we are absolutely heartbroken to hear of Greg’s passing. He was such an approachable, gentle, kind and friendly man. Always loved to see his smiling face every time we had the chance to cross paths. So sorry for your loss he was definitely one of the good ones.

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  2. Kevin LaFond

    Renee, Curtis, and family, I am deeply saddened to hear of Gregg’s passing. I always enjoyed our conversations and lunch get togethers with some of his engine rebuilding friends. Gregg was a great help to me during my racing years with sponsorship and teaching me a few tricks. I will miss his laugh, his quick wit, his friendship and advice. He was a great friend and will be missed. Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts. Heartfelt thoughts go out to you in this time of sorrow.

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  3. TRACY ROY ZUKIWSKY

    Renee, My deepest sympathy goes out to you, Curtis, Kelly, Ashley, Lori and all of your extended family and friends. Greg will be greatly missed by all that knew him. I’m so thankful as to have been best of friends with Greg and will always cherish the good times and memories we shared together. I will always love my buddy Greg. Again my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this tough time.

    Sincerely Remembering Always
    Tracy Zukiwsky

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  4. Sue Dewald

    I was going to say so sorry for your loss but it should be be sorry for our loss everybody that knew Greg. We all have many great memories that we will cherish. Hugs to all

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  5. Ben Krysko

    My heart is broken! We will truly miss this wonderful man.

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  6. Ron, Joan and Ryan Volkerink

    Our deepest sympathy in the passing of Greg. We at Goldmark Diesel so enjoyed working with Greg from day one of DCR. He will be truly missed. His continuous smile always lit up the room. May all the wonderful memories of Greg comfort you now and always. He will always hold a special place in our hearts. In honour and in memory of Greg, we have donated to the Cross Cancer Institute. Ron, Joan and Ryan Volkerink

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  7. Maurice and Paulette

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Renee!!

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  8. Roger Volkerink

    I’m sad to hear of the passing of Greg , I met him when I was 11yrs old , we lost contact with each other , which I deeply regret. My condolences to his family.

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  9. Yost and Jamie

    We are so very sorry to hear this news. We send our condolences and big hugs. Greg was a fantastic fun guy and we will surely miss him. 😘

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  10. Gordon and Trudy Armstrong

    It was a real pleasure for us to meet Greg at the Honey’s reunion. We were so sorry to hear about Greg’s health problems. Our thoughts and prayers are with Renee during this difficult time.

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  11. Jodi

    My deepest heartfelt sympathies go out to you, Renee, and all those who knew and loved Greg. This is such a devastating loss. I will dearly miss our visits at the clinic with this rare and extraordinary man. Jodi Willis R. Ac

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  12. Jim and Audrey

    We are so sorry to hear your very sad news Renee. Our deepest sympathy. Lots of love and hugs to you

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  13. Jim Morton

    Jim & Jan
    Renee we are very sorry to hear of Greg’s passing.
    His always smiling face and cheerful attitude will be missed by us all.
    With our deepest sympathy.
    Jim & Jan Morton

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  14. Jeannette Lange

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family Renee

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  15. Jim Piedmont

    Jim and Pat Piedmont from Hummer Engine our condolences to Renee and family Greg will be sorely missed who has a great neighbourhood friend and businessman very special man always enjoyed his laughter talking about the good old days growing up in the old neighbourhood Our Deepest regrets to Renee Curtis and the family

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  16. Larry and Dianne Sylvestre

    Dearest Renée and family…no words can express the deep sympathy we have for you with the passing of your soulmate. Our condolences to your families …so many wonderful things we have heard about this great man, who has had to leave this world too soon! God bless and keep you in the palm of His hand💗🙏💗

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  17. The Chaputs

    Our deepest condolences. We have always enjoyed our visits with Greg, his laugh was certainly contagious.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Renee, and your whole family.

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  18. Allan Landsiedel

    Rene – we were so sorry to hear of Greg’s illness and passing. Our sincerest condolences and know that our thoughts are with you. We feel fortunate to have had the chance to visit with you and Greg when we put away the trailer last fall. We shall treasure that memory. Greg was a kind and gentle soul; he will be surely missed. Allan and Blanca

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  19. paulette smith

    You are in my thoughts and I am here for you Renee. Greg was one of the most generous men I knew . Many fond memories of all of us together around the campfire having a cocktail. Love you girl.

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  20. Lynda Sopka

    Dear Reneé,Curtis and family – I was truly saddened by the news of Greg’s passing! I knew him through my many years of employment with Goldmark Diesel! His gentle voice and his larger than life smile will never be forgotten. Spent many hours on the phone taking orders, and great in person visits at our shop. He always had a minute to chat and his happy manner always left us smiling! His wealth of knowledge will leave a huge hole in the industry and the “Patch” will not be the same without him. My prayers and hugs are with you all! We now have another angel to watch over us!
    Sincerely
    Lynda Sopka

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  21. Beverley Getzlaf

    Greg was one of the most friendly, kind and positive people at the sailing club. He will be sorely missed and well remembered.

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