Greg MacRae

Born: Sun., Jul. 29, 1951
Died: Sun., Oct. 27, 2019


Time of Remembrance

7:00 PM Fri., Nov. 01, 2019
Location: Florence Legion


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Gregory “Bowser” Alvin MacRae
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Gregory “Bowser” Alvin MacRae left his earthly body behind on Sunday, October 27, 2019, in the Northside General Hospital, with family and loved ones accompanying him in his final moments. Though our hearts are heavy with loss, we take solace in the peace he has surely found in the embrace of the Great Yonder.
Greg was an immense personality, who loomed large in the hearts of everyone he met. His was a presence that could be neither forgotten nor ignored—a richness imbued the countless intimacies of his storied life. So great was his strength of character, the Juno Award winning singer and songwriter, David Francey, wrote a song about his life called “The Ballad of Bowser MacRae”
Greg was a strong and noble husband and father, grandfather and uncle, son and brother. He was born in Bras d’Or on July 29, 1951, the son of the late Harry Sr. and Winnie MacRae. He is also predeceased by his siblings Allen, Elain, Earl, Flo and Harry Jr.
Greg is survived and dearly missed by his loving wife Donna, his children PJ, Townley (Joanie-Lynn), Russell (Krista) Neal John, Rebecca, Rachael (Stephen), and Luke, his grandchildren Rialy, Laura-Lynn, MJ, John-Luke, Aliesh, Dalen, Russell, Jack, Paige, Evan and Ethan, his devoted sisters Phyllis, Shirley, Joan, Colleen and Wanda, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He spent much of his life working on the Great Lakes, providing for his family and sacrificing much of his time and comfort for those he so dearly loved. He was known far and wide for his folk-hero-like strength, his passion for numerology and his wild and charming spirit. He truly believed in and was immensely proud of his children and he supported them all with the full weight of his heart, an attitude which he carried later into life as a grandfather. “Poppa” lived to make his grand-kids smile and laugh and there was no happier man alive when he was with them. Greg was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous for the last thirty years, during which time he inspired others with his dedication to sobriety and to sponsorship, which he pursued dutifully. Greg was a great lover of music and in recent years founded The Circle, a gathering of fellow musicians and friends at the Florence Legion. There he shared his passion for singing and guitar with others, serving as a great beacon for togetherness and joy in the community. Greg was among the most beloved performers at these weekly events, moving the hearts of countless people with his soulful voice.
Special thanks to all the amazing care-workers, nurses and doctors who helped Greg through these last difficult months while he stayed at the Sydney Regional, the Queen Elizabeth II and the Northside General.
The world has truly lost one of its brightest and most noble stars, one which shone in ways words could not convey and only hearts could know. We invite you to celebrate his memory at the Florence Legion on Friday, November 1, 2019,  from 7 to 9pm. Words of comfort may be forwarded to her family at www.jmjobesfuneralhome

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Cecilia (Serroul) Organ
   Posted Wed October 30, 2019
Sending prayers, thoughts and condolences to all of Greg's family and friends at this sad and difficult time. I remember him well in our younger years. His sister Joanie chummed around with our sister Theresa. There was a bunch of us who had many laughs and good times together learning how to dance especially to Jive. We had so much fun as youngsters and teenagers did back then. Whether it was dancing, trading comics or just hanging around having a laugh. I will always remember those days as "Happy Days". May Greg Rest-in-Peace.

Brook Shipp
   Posted Wed October 30, 2019
My heart felt condolences to the MacRae family. I have fond memories while sailing with Greg on the Algobay, when I was a cadet. He took me under his wing and taught as well as inspired myself. He spoke about his family at great length, and you could hear in his voice how he loved his family with his whole heart. His impact on those he touched was great, and his legacy will be everlasting and remembered. Soft winds and calm seas my dear friend.

DANIEL MACKINNON
   Posted Wed October 30, 2019
My deepest sympathies to your family. My staff and I are so sorry to hear of Greg's passing. We always enjoyed Greg's visits to Long & Mcquade.
He was a one of a kind Gentleman and a pleasure to deal with. His quick wit
and laugh will be missed. Please know you are in our thoughts at this difficult
time.

Phyllis Reno
   Posted Wed October 30, 2019
My deepest condolences to all of Greg’s family at this sad time. I have known Greg for many years, being connected to many of his cousins. He was a fun-loving man and a great guitarist and singer. Every time I hear Paper Roses Greg comes right to my mind. God has called and Greg has gone on to the other side where he will suffer no more. Keep his memories alive and it will help the grieving. When times get tough, call on God and he will help you through the tough times. May he rest in peace and sail with the angels.

Ben/Heather Young
   Posted Wed October 30, 2019
Donna & Families,
Our deepest condolences on the passing of Greg our thoughts and prayers are with all of you and may he rest with the Angels

Douglas
   Posted Wed October 30, 2019
I have never met Greg in my life, but his story told through 'The Ballad of Bowser Macrae' is incredibly beautiful and inspiring. I send my condolences to his family and friends and want them to know that his legacy will live on forever with people all over the world.

Melvin ,Agnes Pearo&Family,Alder Point.C.B.
   Posted Wed October 30, 2019
TO..All Greg,s Family...So sorry to hear the news of Greg,, passing,no words I can write will take the hurt away in losing him,,,god bless you all in this time of sorrow...May the memories of him last through out his song & music in years to come,,,Soar high with the "Eagle Greg". You were a friend indeed to all...Melvin& Agnes.

Michael and theresa
   Posted Wed October 30, 2019
To Colleen and family we convey our condolences. It’s never easy saying goodbye to someone you love. Our thoughts are with you

Raymond Miles
   Posted Wed October 30, 2019
MacRae family, my condolences to you.I am at regional hospital and not able to get to service on Nov 1st. I am part of the circle and admired Greg's passion and talent for music.He was a man of many talents and will be missed.

Nessie (Caffiers) Astephen and Mary (Caffiers) MacRae
   Posted Wed October 30, 2019
Sending prayers for strength and comfort to Greg's family and friends at this difficult time. Rest in peace Greg.

James Wilhelm
   Posted Thu October 31, 2019
I wish to send my sincere commiseration for the grief that his family, friends and colleagues share resulting from his passing. He was, as described in the memoriam, dearly loved by his family and admired in the community and certainly by his work colleagues. I worked with him for many years on the M.S. Algobay. He was always a cheerful, reliable and trustworthy officer. I recall many shared experiences, both in fair and foul weather. He was always solidly calm and reliable.
Many times, our ship loaded Gypsum at Little Narrows, not far from his home. His family would visit and he rejoiced in seeing them. After my retirement from Algoma, I worked sporadically in the Winter months for several years and would rent lodging at his residence while awaiting ships . He was always helpful, cheerful and engaged. Along with his family and all that knew him he will be remembered, respected and his absence lamented.
There is an old belief,
That on some distant shore,
Far from despair and grief,
Old friends shall meet once more. ( By Capt. H. Naylor)
With sincere condolences,
James Wilhelm

Sam and Jacquie Francis
   Posted Thu October 31, 2019
So sad to hear of Greg’s passing. We worked together on the Algobay for quite awhile. He was a great shipmate and also a friend. Condolences to his family.

Joan Clarke
   Posted Thu October 31, 2019
Dear Colleen and all of the MacRae family,
I am so saddened to hear of Greg's passing. He was such a big man with an even bigger heart. Family was so very important to him. He really was a great big teddy bear! I know you will all miss him but you have your precious memories to cherish forever. I don't believe I will be able to attend Friday evening but I'm thinking of you all as you go through this very difficult time.

Colleen (Mulley) Roberts
   Posted Thu October 31, 2019
So sorry to hear of Greg's passing. I last spoke with him at Donnie's wake and he told me of the times he tried to help Donnie. He was truly a larger than life personality and will be missed. Sincere condolences to his family.

Sharon Collier
   Posted Thu October 31, 2019
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief.

Sharon Tonary
   Posted Thu October 31, 2019
Our heartfelt condolences to the MacRae Family. We only met briefly and under very difficult circumstances. I remember Greg as being a very loving and caring man during our shared time of grief. Robert and Sharon Tonary ( uncle and aunt of the late Malcolm Parsons)

Charlie and Joan Serroul
   Posted Thu October 31, 2019
Our deepest condolences to the MacRae family. Thoughts and prayers at this sad and difficult time.
Charlie and Joan

Phil Raab
   Posted Thu October 31, 2019
I didn't know him for long but the first time I met him I called him Greg to which he replied " BOWSER ".he was very supportive of me in a difficult time .He was truly larger than life ! Finley

John High and Beverley Edwards
   Posted Thu October 31, 2019
Donna and family, our heartfelt sympathies to you at this difficult time. We were saddened to read of Greg’s passing. We are in Calgary and unable to be with you for the celebration of His life. Our thoughts are with you.

Connie McCormick
   Posted Thu October 31, 2019
My condolences to Joan and family. Thoughts and prayers. God Bless
R.I.P. Greg

Jack MacLeod
   Posted Fri November 01, 2019
Greg was a great friend to my brother Robert and myself when we lived next door at the Taylors . My brother and I would not be her along with our sons and grandkids . He did more than he knew at the time he saved Rob and I from drowning in Little Pond when we fell through the ice .We have alot to thank him for .God rest his soul .

Heather Collis
   Posted Fri November 01, 2019
Donna and the family, my sincere sympathy. May you hold your precious memories close to your heart.

Glenn Musgrave
   Posted Sat November 02, 2019
So sorry to learn of Greg's passing. Sorry I wasn't able to make it down for the celebration of his life at the Legion, unfortunately, I had a 9 AM appointment Saturday that I couldn't cancel. Growing up with Greg was a pleasure! He was always fun to be around and always looked out for the underdog. As most often happens, we lose touch with friends over the years. When I learned he was a patient at the QEII I had to go see him. That first visit was like we had always been in touch. Even though he was facing serious life challenges he remained up beat. I got in to see him a few times when they sent him up to Halifax. In each of our visits he would always speak of his family, his pride and love for all of you was immense and I hope will give each of you comfort in the days ahead.

Sheila Crowther Campbell
   Posted Sat November 02, 2019
Donna & family , our thoughts & prayers are with you & your family . So sorry for your loss Donna . RIP Greg
Fr. Sheila , Peter & Amber

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