LISS, John GREG

February 18, 2017 8 Condolences Print Obituary

Greg passed away on the evening of February 15, 2017 at the age of 57 in the privacy and comfort of his home after putting in a hard day’s work. Greg outlived his parents John and Marianne Liss of Orillia, Ontario and though all were challenged by cancer, Greg would not be defined by it. Greg was the eldest of four children and leaves behind his sister Claire Milinkovich (Mark) of Livermore, CA, brother Stephen Liss of Kenmore, WA and little sister Andrea “Dee Dee” Liss (Mark Korczynski) of Hamilton. Nephews Alex and Mark Jr. were dear to Greg’s heart. Greg was especially fond of his Aunts Helen and Val and Uncles Ed and Ted and all his Liss cousins who will remember Greg for his work ethic, loquaciousness and fiercely competitive Scrabble games. Words cannot express the family’s gratitude to Greg’s devoted friends Brandon “Brando” Cudney and Alina Stephenson.

Greg was a lifelong learner- he earned an auto mechanic’s license and then in his 40s went back to school and earned his ticket as a sheet metal mechanic. In his spare time he enjoyed all manner of mechanical problem solving and was proud of all his clever home projects. He was an avid green thumb with a knack for indoor and outdoor gardening. Greg was a very dedicated pet owner and aquarium enthusiast. Greg will be missed by his beloved kitty “Pekoe”.

Greg received exemplary and nonjudgmental care by visiting physician Dr. Ron Barton and nurse Victoria Wilson and team members. This meant so much to him as a hardworking Canadian.

As per Greg’s wishes, he will be cremated in Edmonton and his ashes laid with his ancestors at the Liss homestead in Sangudo, Alberta. A gathering there to honour Greg’s life will take place on May 13th at 12pm. 

  1. I wish to express my deepest condolences to all of Greg’s loving family and friends .
    We were friends for many years and neighbors .I was sad when he moved out of the building..it was never the same here with out him.
    We had so many laughs.. going for coffee..baby sitting Pekoe.We could talk for hours and hours about any thing and every thing.
    I had trouble with my car..Greg spend around 20 hours trying to find the problem.
    He did find it and fixed it for me..He would not take a dime from me for his time.
    He was a great friend…always will to lend a helping hand..I would make supper’s and take them upstairs and we would eat together.I still call his apartment Greg’s Place.
    I’m truly sad that he is gone from us..how dare they take him so young.
    I’m grateful and happy to his sister Andrea and brother in law Mark and dear friends Brando and Alina for making it possible for him to spend his last days at home like he wanted..Bless your hearts all of you.’I’m sure Greg would say life is short ..don’t be sad for me.
    I know he is up there some where happy and healthy and smiling..looking for something to build or fix .

    I will miss my friend..so much
    Love ~Laura Pruski~

  2. My loving thoughts are with you at this time.
    It may seem small comfort to know he is now out of pain, but reminding myself of that when I lost Burt helped me through more than any other thoughts.

    My deepest sympathy.

    cherylT

  3. Greg was my cousin and always a smiling, laughing friend.
    In his younger years he kept his military boots polished to a high shine, played the piano, ate homemade yogurt and natural/homemade everything else. His mom, Marianne, was an amazing mother!
    As a teenager and adult Greg told jokes.The telling was just so memorable cause he had so many jokes and we would just laugh and laugh because they were either funny or cause he laughed!
    Greg came to my dental office for care. We somehow laughed alot then too, Novocaine or not. Yeah, what a guy!
    I send hugs to Clair, Andrea and Stevie and all the extended family. Greg will be remembered dearly for his spunk and humour. xox Suzie

  4. Dear Claire and family, Stephen, and Andrea and family,

    I send heart felt condolences from all of my family for the loss of dear Greg. I loved his enthusiasm for all things and open mindedness. He will always have a special place in my heart. I look forward to joining you at the Liss homestead in May.
    Fond regards, love and hugs to you all,

    Barb, Darrel, Stephanie, Gabe and Leir.

  5. Greg was a dear friend and I spent lots of happy times with him and his sister Andrea through the years.
    His smile, his laugh, his boundless energy and his way that he lived life on his own terms are things that I will always fondly remember about Greg.
    I will really miss him and wish my deepest sympathies to all of Greg’s family.
    Sincerely, Anna Silvester

  6. I only met Greg with his big smile, a few times over the years but anyone who knows his little sister Andrea, knows Greg. I’m so sorry for his passing, I know he will be missed by his family.

    With Sympathy,
    Terri-Lynn Shaw

  7. I only met Greg once which was at his father’s funeral and he made an impression on me as being a nice person very much like his sister Andrea who is my friend

    May he rest in peace.

  8. To my cousins,
    I am so very sorry to read this. I only met Greg a couple of times but enjoyed the times he was back in Orillia. He made me laugh a lot!! My thoughts and prayers are with you….
    Tara. xo

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