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On hearing the news of his death, many in the York community had a story to tell or a memory to share about Greg Berghofer, 52, a long-serving York employee, who died on Nov. 4.
Greg (to refer to him as “Mr. Berghofer” would not be right because he was simply “Greg” to everyone), joined York University in 1990 and spent most of his years at the University Bookstore as a merchandise buyer. He was well known as the “go-to” guy for special event awards and gift items.
“He played a huge role in all aspects of the successes at the bookstore,” remembers Steve Glassman, his colleague and friend. “Greg was a problem solver who combined his skills with his huge network in the York community. Greg was passionate about his work and lived his life with passion in every way.”
Greg had a wonderful spirit, wicked sense of humor and a deep commitment to helping others. His guitar playing will be remembered the many who were fortunate to hear him play. He was a gifted storyteller, a craftsman and lender of tools and tips to do-it-yourselfers. His love and generosity extended beyond friends and family to his pet dogs.
After a lengthy illness, Greg died in Toronto at the Princess Margaret Hospital. Members of the York University community are invited to join his wife, Dawn Richards, a well-respected former employee of York University, at the visitation on Friday, Nov. 8.
Greg in his York U swag
Friends may call on Friday, Nov. 8 from 2 to 4pm and 7 to 9pm at the R.S. Kane Funeral Home, 6150 Yonge Street, at Goulding, south of Steeles. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 12pm at the R.S. Kane Chapel. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to your local animal shelter or cancer society.
Greg was grateful to the caring team at the palliative care unit of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
Further details and online condolences are available on the R. S. Kane website.