Wednesday January 13, 2010
MICHAEL STUART KARL LE GRESLEY Son of C.E. Balfour Le Gresley and the late Hildegarde M.E. Vierkoetter M.D. Born Toronto, September 19, 1960, died Ar uba, Januar y 4, 2010. Michael passed away at his home in Aruba with his family at his side after a 22 month battle with brain cancer. He leaves his beloved wife Nicole and children Eric (mother Leslie Chopin), Ella, Spencer and Holly, and is mourned by his siblings Susan (Solobay), Karen (Hamre), and David, and also his mother-in-law Jeannita Tendam of Moncton. Educated as a civil engineer (University of Toronto), he completed a master's degree in geotechnical engineering (University of Califor nia, Berkeley) then returned to Toronto doing considerable work toward a PhD before becoming active in commercial real estate development. He became co-Ceo of Ingenium Inc and until 2007 President of Giffels Design-Build Inc. where he developed their very successful design build program and was recognized by many as a top expert in his field in Canada with awards and citations. He was an early leader in the developing merchandise distribution patterns and the modal transportation of goods and built some of the first mega distribution centres across Canada. By early 2008 he had settled in Aruba where he planned to enjoy time with his young family and his favourite sports (kite-sailing and windsurfing). In March 2008 Michael was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a terminal cancer of the brain. Following surgery, radiation and other treatment he became well enough to enjoy a close to normal active life during the past year. The family very much appreciates the strong encouragement Michael received from his many friends during the past two years, and in particular thanks the medical teams at Toronto Western Hospital, MD Anderson in Houston, and the home-care nursing in Aruba for their dedication and support. Dr. M.J.M. Meelis, neurologist, of Ar uba merits particular thanks for his care throughout the illness. His friends are invited to visitations with the family from 6-9pm on Monday January 18th and Tuesday January 19th at Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor St. West, Toronto. A celebration of Michael's life will be held at noon on Wednesday January 20th at St. Olave's Church, 360 Windermere Ave, Toronto. In lieu of flowers, donations would be greatly appreciated to either Bridges: The Natural Connection Society (whose goal is to provide natural choices for those with financial need and is located at JTW Natural Health Guidance Centre, Amherst, N.S.; www.jtwnaturalhealth.ca) or the Ride to Conquer Cancer (team 'Encore' led by members of Michael's family @ www.conquercancer.ca with proceeds going to the Pencer Brain Tumor Centre at The Princess Margaret Hospital).