In memory of
Yuki Greig
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In memory of
Yuki Greig
Yuki Greig (Kawamoto) age 86, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 13, 2017, at the Victoria Hospital in Winnipeg due to complications from C.O.P.D. Yuki was born in Tokyo, Japan on January 14, 1931 and trained as a nurse and midwife there. While still in Japan, she worked in a hospital that tended to wounded soldiers during the Korean War (where she met her future husband David) before moving to Canada where she continued her nursing career at McKellar General Hospital until 1963. She married David Greig (who was a Canadian serving in the Korean War) on February 23, 1953 and returned to Canada with him later that year where they raised 3 children. She lived in Fort William, (Thunder Bay) Ontario for most of her Canadian life before spending the last 16 years in Calgary, Alberta, St. Albert, Alberta and finally Winnipeg, Manitoba. Yuki, a.k.a. “Ninja Mom”, as she was known by the neighbourhood children, earned her nickname from her ability to remove her signature wooden slippers without bending over and throw them with deadly accuracy at fleeing bodies, sometimes hitting 3 or 4 kids with one throw. While living in Thunder Bay, she was an active member in the Japanese Community and danced with the seniors group for many years. She loved the bagpipes and was a huge supporter of the Pipes and Drums of Thunder Bay where her husband David was a tenor drummer and her son David a piper. She also loved to knit, sew (making a lot of her own clothes) and was an excellent cook. She was predeceased by her parents, her son Thomas at birth, her brothers Kazuo and Kiyoand her loving husband David. Yuki is survived by her daughter Nancy (Scott), sons Malcolm and David (Lisa), grandchildren John (Kristy), Heather (Christian), Alex (Samantha), Christopher, William, Michelle and great grandchildren Mac and Paige, her sister Etsko (David), her brother Tomo and numerous nieces and nephews in Ontario, Japan and Scotland and very special friends Ken and Janine Ivey. Services for Yuki will be held at a later date.
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