GRAY, Glenn Harwood

Glenn Harwood Gray was born to Robert Hanley Gray and Delia Marie Gray (nee Cunningham) on November 20, 1949.
He is survived by Gordon Gray, Bobbi Gray, Harold Gray (Marleen),Anne Gray (Darrell), Elizabeth Gray, Robert Gray Jr, Cynthia Dunnigan (Doug), Josie Baker (Leo), Sullivan Baker (Dalyn), Krista Leddy (Rob), Aurora Leddy (Brandon), Sydney Leddy (Jay), Giorgianna Leddy. Glenn was predeceased by parents Robert and Delia; brother-in-law Joe Dunnigan and sister-in-law Anita Gray (nee Gross).

Callingbull Family
Glenn joined the Enoch community in 2006, where he gained a fourth brother in Respected Elder George Callingbull. The Callingbulls’ were beloved family to Glenn, he was a loving father figure, and a doting Moshem to Lisa Ground (Joel), Miranda Arcand (Glenn Arcand), Ashley Callingbull, Rabbit (Wacey), Mariah Callingbull, Kitana Arcand and Amelia Ground. Glenn was predeceased by Charlotte Callingbull, and Goddaughter Ambee Ground. Thank you to the Callingbull family for loving our brother Glenn.

Work Family
Glenn’s extended family included his work colleagues. He started working at Alberta Hospital Edmonton (AHE) as a Psychiatric Aide, he then received his diploma in Psychiatric Nursing in 1982. After working various AHE units, Glenn joined Forensic Assessment and Community Services (FACS) in 1992, engaging with mental health clients at all levels. He provided 40 amazing years of mental health services to the Edmonton community. He was gifted in his soft and loyal approach, assisting in stabilization and treatment services. He had a presence like no other, and will be missed by many clients, co-workers, and other professional colleagues. Over the years, Glenn touched the lives of thousands of patients and he truly cared about each one of them. In addition, he impacted the lives of his numerous colleagues. His work family truly was family to Glenn. The AHE team has the utmost respect for him, and he will be truly missed. Both the Gray and Callingbull families are grateful to Paul and Frances for bringing Glenn home from his last shift because he was ill. We’re also grateful to them for ensuring he got to the hospital.

More about Glenn
Generous, kind, respectful, highly respected, intelligent and humble. These words describe the character of Glenn Harwood Gray.
He left us on Thursday, April 28, 2022 after a valiant fight with ulcerative colitis and COVID.
A booming laugh was Glenn’s trademark. No one enjoyed a good joke or a funny story like Glenn. The Gray family sat in the sun the day after his passing, sharing memories and family legends. The cutest story about Glenn was shared by his oldest brother Gordon. When Glenn was about five, Dad would change jobs now and then, resulting in moving the family around. One day, Mom and Dad went to have a look at a house that was for rent; little Glenn tagged along. When they got home, Gord asked Glenn what the house was like. The response indicates his mischievous character: ‘I don’t know, but there’s lots of great hiding places!’ As a big brother, Glenn was kind and protective, yet mischievous. His younger sister, Anne, recalls seeing cement trucks for the first time. She asked him what they were, and he replied that hamburgers were made in those trucks. Thereafter, every time she saw a cement truck pass, she’d pray for a miracle in the vainglorious hope that a few hamburgers would fall out. Glenn grew from a mischievous character to an informed, wise and wonderful man.

We miss you, Brother, Uncle, Father figure, and Moshem. We will all be together again one day. Say Hi to the Ancestors, Mom, Dad, Anita, Joe, Charlotte and Ambee for us.

His spirit left behind a body wasted by illness, but it was his gentle, loving, and peaceful face that stood out in the moment.
So passed a proud Metis man.

A visitation will be held at Serenity Funeral Service, 5311 – 91 Street, Edmonton on Thursday, May 5, 2022 from 7:00–9:00 pm.

A funeral mass will be held on Sunday, May 15th, 2022 at 1:00pm at Our Lady of Mercy Church, Enoch Alberta
Following the mass will be a joyous celebration of life.

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Sandy Jung

The world is a darker place without your smile, laughter, and lightness that you bring into a room. Glenn was the kindest spirit I’ve ever met. So much compassion for those who often were not afforded it, so much humour/laughter even in times when it’s been a rough day, so much creativity to be inclusive of those new, estranged, and marginalized. You will be greatly missed by me and all of those whose days you’ve brightened over the years.
(plus, I will definitely miss your homemade banana cream pies at those FACS parties…)

Dr Maggie Tweddle

Glenn Gray was an exceptional nurse and I was greatly privileged to work with him for 27years in the Forensic Service at Alberta Hospital and the forensic community clinic.
He was an extremely able, compassionate and dedicated nurse. He had a wonderful way with many very disturbed patients to whom he showed great respect and professionalism. They appreciated Glenn as did his colleagues.
Glenn had a super sense of humour enjoying jokes followed by his distinctive guffaw. At the forensic camp he was an enthusiastic participant , singer, good sport and all round fun guy to be around.
Glenn’s loyalty to colleagues was outstanding and we all learned much from working with him. He will be greatly missed in the forensic mental health community by colleagues and patients alike.
To his family and close friends please accept my condolences. He was a very special man and I was most fortunate to work with him for as long as I did.

Dr Maggie Tweddle

I had the privilege of working with Glenn for 27 years in the Forensic Service of Alberta Hospital Edmonton. He was an amazing psychiatric nurse having superb talent and skill working with very ill patients. His abilities dealing with his patients were appreciated by colleagues and patients alike.
He was genuine, compassionate, professional, most able and loyal to all.
Glenn loved a good joke followed by his distinctive guffaw. Singing was also fun for Glenn and all of us, especially at camp. We have all learned much from Glenn, patients and colleagues alike. He will be greatly missed by all.
To his family and dear friends please accept my condolences.

Darrell Panich

I have the gift of spending time with Glen on Rhino road trips and during team meetings. I will remember him for his calm voice, kind words and deep insights to life and how things work. Glen was a great man to have in your corner and I know that I am better for have known him. Deepest condolences to all his family and friends as we mourn his passing.

Santoch Rai

I was so saddened to hear the news about Glenn – my deepest condolences to his family and friends. I worked with Glenn for many years at FACS. He was one of the most courageous, compassionate people I have known and he will be missed deeply. It was a true privilege and an education to see his genuine kindness and humanity in action in caring for some of our most difficult and disadvantaged patients. He was always had a joyful smile and I never saw him lose his temper. He brought the best out of people, and he had the rare gift of making patients feel human and loved. He will be missed but remembered with gratitude.

Frances Ross

Glenn was my colleague, my friend and my teacher. Glenn was many things to many people but most of all he was truly a kind and wonderful person. He was often the first friendly face people would see when starting there day and the last warm wishes as you shared your next adventures with him. Glenn is a man that touched so many lives and taught those around him about acceptance and compassion. He will be missed by so many but remembered by a system that is ever changed by his presence. Thank you Glenn for inspiring me, for teaching me and for accepting me. To his family, my warmest memories go out to you- Hay Hay

Suzanne Kassian

Glen you will be missed! Thank you for sharing your kindness, wisdom, humour and knowledge of blues music. Your memory and the love you shared will always be remembered!

T. Bone and Otis are lucky to have you.

Eugene & Patricia Tremblay

Our deepest condolences to Glenn’s family and friends. Thank you, Glenn, for sharing your professionalism with a kind and warm, sincere approach to your job at AHE and FACS. Many mentally ill clients found you to be a totally professional psychiatric nurse who was genuine and compassionate !! On a personal level, Glenn, you were a good-humoured individual who had a bright sense of humour who never missed an opportunity to share a good belly laugh !! We all enjoyed your music and jokes you sent us by email. We delighted in our lunchtime meals together and truly got to know that you were one who always placed client-first care to individuals who desperately needed our help. We felt enriched by your conversation, your humour, your kind approach to everyone you met. Glenn, you have left us too soon and we are truly saddened by this loss !! Our thoughts and prayers go out to all your family and friends during this difficult time !! Love, Eugene and Patricia

Uwe Neumann

Through your life of quiet commitment and gentle compassion you made every day a fresh acceptance of the challenges we shared. Being a colleague and friend was an astonishing privilege. Rest in peace, Glenn. We will never forget.

Brendan Walsh

Glenn, my friend, my colleague, I will miss you. The world is a better place for having had you in it. My life is a richer life for having had you in it. Thank you for your friendship, wisdom, humour and just plain goodness. You led by example, my friend. I will try to follow.

Jill Kelland

The world has lost such a kind, compassionate, wise and loving man. I not only learned a great deal working with Glenn for years, but also had so much fun with him. A tried and true forensic camp staff, Glenn was always up for a ball game, stories by the fire, a good meal, Humzinger and most of all a game of Scrabble (that he never lost!). Can’t believe he’s gone. My sincere condolences to all those dear to him.

doug stein

I first met Glenn at Alberta Hospital Edmonton in September 1985. As a matter of fact, we were both living at the nurse’s residence for the next two years. Glenn was an excellent psychiatric nurse, role model, and maybe most importantly just a very solid person. Rest in peace my friend.

Carrie B.

My deepest condolences to Glenn’s family and friends. A wonderful man, I will miss his smile and big laugh whenever he was in (at AHE).

Lorraine Russell

So Sorry to hear about your loss. I knew Glenn through my work at the Alberta and Nunavut Review Boards and he was always compassionate and professional in all matters relating to patient care. I am deeply saddened by the news and express my deepest condolences to family and friends. He will be missed by all.

Maxine Bond

I met Glenn through my work at the Alberta Review Board hearings. His kindness, patience, compassion, and empathy were always on display and it was truly a pleasure getting to interact him over the years. His warm laugh is hard to forget and it will be sincerely missed! My deepest condolences to his friends and family.

Michele Collinson

I met Glenn when I was a crown prosecutor who appeared at Alberta Review Boards. Glenn had a gift for gently advising the Board the information they needed without compromising the trusting relationship he had with the patients. I hold so much gratitude for what I learned from Glenn – to even have known a man such as Glenn. I am deeply saddened by the news and wish to express my deepest sympathies for his family, friends and community. It is a great loss!

Dr. John H. Brooks/Barbara Brooks and family

To our dear friend and colleque: You were such a wonderful friend and co-worker. To work with you was a pleasure and an honor. Also, facilitating groups with you were so interesting and fun. You always placed the clients first and your dedication and professionalism always came first. You were a great nurse to myself and all of the Doctors, always helping to bring the best quality of life to the people you worked with. Our family sends our love and comfort to your family. You will be greatly missed.

Sue Perry

So sorry to hear of your loss. It has been years but we worked together in the forensics department at AHE and continued when he went to FACS. I remember that laugh as it was so genuine and contagious. He was such a humble man who served others with kindness and respect. He impacted many lives in a most positive way. Safe travels!

Gale M Hanasyk

What a great privilege it was to work with Glenn until my retirement in 2015.. He was truly one of the compassionate nurses I have known. A true “salt of the earth” man who will so missed.

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