PRICE, Greg Michael

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April 5th, 1981 Greg Michael Price came into our world and brightened every day he was able to be with us. Even in his early years, he showed a passion for life and a positive attitude for all things. As a youngster he enjoyed school and the many life-long friends he met there. He played hockey and baseball in his home community in Acme and when he was old enough, he also played school sports, all with a level of commitment and passion that earned the highest level of respect from his coaches and team mates. In school he demonstrated a desire to learn and the ability to take that knowledge and excel academically, especially in the sciences. At home, he worked hard not only on his own family's farm, but also helping out when ever he could, at his Uncle Doug's. He enjoyed equipment and vehicles and while a teenager, restored an older pickup truck in time to drive to his high school graduation celebration. He went on to the University of Alberta and obtained his Mechanical Engineering Degree while working summers locally for KeeWest Construction, Courtney-Berg Industries and in Calgary for Cana Construction. Before entering the workforce as an Engineer, he wanted to take his passion for baseball to a higher level and as a "walk on", made the roster of the Medicine Hat Mavericks where he played some baseball with the team that won the Western Major Baseball League Championship that season. Following that, the lure of the oil patch beckoned he decided to join Schlumberger, where he worked through their international training and internship programs at near record speed. Missing his home community, family and friends, he returned and was thankful to be given the opportunity to join Thunder Energy, later to become Ember Resources, where his responsibilities were for development and supervision of the natural gas collection and distribution pipelines from the rapidly developing Coal Bed Methane wells. The quick pace and the opportunity to spend some time "in the field" suited Greg and he did his best to generate value for that organization in the process. All this time, Greg was mindful of his roots in his community and for agriculture. Always thinking about ways to make things better and of new opportunities, Greg decided he wanted to start his own business and after much of his own research and long discussions with his family, decided to develop a system to refine the brackish water often produced along with natural gas to potable standards for use in agriculture or indeed in the oil patch itself. He put together the technology to do this, re-developed an abandoned gas well and proved the concept would work and be competitive economically. He was ahead of his time though, he used up the money he had to make this venture viable and he had to suspend it. He was pleased to be able to return to work with Ember and re-engaged with the passion to do the very best job he could there, right up until his death. In his spare time, Greg earned his pilot's license and enjoyed taking family and friends on excursions around Alberta and B.C. and often spoke of plans to go on longer trips to exciting locations when he would get time. He played some baseball and helped coach some basketball and baseball teams, and as a Director of the Acme Alumni Association. On a personal level, Greg was always thinking of others, being supportive and compassionate and putting all of us ahead of himself. This also applied to his own health concerns, which developed over the last 7 months when he quietly and purposely on his own, tried to find out what was going on in his body. He recently told us that wanted to shield his family and friends from any unnecessary anxiety until he knew for sure what it was. Following surgery for Testicular Cancer, Greg collapsed on the bathroom floor in his family's home. Valliant efforts were made by the local ambulance and paramedic team however Greg never regained consciousness and was pronounced dead at the Three Hills Hospital. Everyone that knew Greg, knows that he would not want this tragedy to hold us back or negatively affect our future. He would want us to be stronger for it, while respecting our memories of him and what he stood for. That is our challenge and our goal for the rest of our days on this earth. Greg leaves behind his parents Isabelle and Dave, his older brother Matthew, wife Cathy and their children Jason, Tyler and Anne, his younger sisters Teri and Joanna and his youngest brother Chad. Greg's extended family includes his Grandma Florence Price, 28 Uncles and Aunts, 56 cousins, and 26.5 in the next generation. We all sorely miss his presence with us and the powerful unconditional love he gave us. The Celebration of Greg's Life was held Thursday, May 24, 2012 at Acme Community Centre, Acme, AB with interment in Acme Cemetery. Memorial tributes may be made to Acme Terry Fox Run or Acme Alumni Association. Condolences may be sent to condolences@sunsetltd.ca Arrangements in care of SUNSET FUNERAL SERVICE Linden, 403-546-3903.