Official Obituary of

Gregory Wesley Charles Morton

January 17, 1953 ~ March 5, 2024 (age 71) 71 Years Old

Gregory Morton Obituary

On Tuesday, March 5th, 2024, we said goodbye to Gregory Wesley Charles Morton at the age of 71.

Greg is survived by his wife Maxine; two children Wesley and Teresa as well as his two grandchildren Ruby and Miles.

Greg was born to Charles and Marie Morton on January 17th, 1953 in Lethbridge, Alberta, where he grew up with his sister Linda.  He met Maxine in high school and they were married on April 21st, 1973.  They chose to make a life in the community of Hardieville in Lethbridge near family and friends. In 1990, Greg moved his family to Calgary, AB for work.

Greg made friends easily and was outgoing and social. He gained a few nicknames during his working years. “Gumby” at Molson’s Brewery, “Papa Smurf” at Southern Trucking, and “Smurf” at Lanmark Construction. Greg was able to travel across Canada with the UFCW as a union president; he was a large part of Molson’s social club, organizing Christmas parties, campouts, and golfing tournaments.

Greg was a tease and a flirt but was also sarcastic and sharp-witted. He could easily make you laugh. In his 20s, Greg had a “Smoky and the Bandit” Trans-Am with a “Chicken” on the hood. He loved to ride motorcycles with his friends and he and Wes had matching leather jackets.

Greg enjoyed coaching Wesley’s baseball team, taking Wes to hockey tournaments, and playing pool with Wes and his friends. Greg was a daddy’s girl and he and Teresa had many adventures together and were partners in crime, getting Teresa a cat and taking her to Smitty’s for spaghetti breakfast or plates of bacon.

Greg was a kid at heart and loved to be around children. He became known as “Grandpa Smarties” because he always had candy in his pocket for his grandkids and their friends. He would show up to swim lessons and soccer matches. He loved to show the grandkids off to his friends and then to nurses at dialysis and around the hospital.

Before Greg got ill, he loved to go camping and spent lots of time at the CWR Boat Club near Cowley, AB. He was also a lifelong fan of wrestling and watched it daily. We have fond memories of watching wrestling on Saturdays and going to Stampede Wrestling in Lethbridge.

Greg has suffered from ill health for a number of years and was diagnosed with diabetes, loss of sight, and renal failure plus a number of other ailments, but he still managed to keep going. He was admitted to the hospital on December 11th, 2023, and stayed until his passing.

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