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The Last Post

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The last chapter in Greg’s long story was completed today when he passed away peacefully at Benalla Hospital with Pauline and David by his side.

He woke early this morning with very restricted breathing and Pauline called an Ambulance to take him straight to Benalla Hospital. He arrived ‘unresponsive’ with barely any breath. He spent most of today in a peaceful sleepy state, unable to talk. He communicated a few simple ‘yes’ and ‘no’s’ along the way and a couple of kisses to Pauline.

A key moment in the day was when he asked to remove the oxygen mask for the final time. It was clear that he knew he was in the ‘home straight’ and was getting ready to pass over. He rallied at one point in the day, grabbing the overhead handle for one last struggle.

The last few hours were spent in a sleepy, snoring state as he took his last gasps. In the end his breathing simply and calmly ceased as the nurse rolled him on to his side.

In keeping with Greg’s request we felt it was important to let you all know asap. As we write this, we are all together as a family with his body at the hospital, playing a playlist of his favourite music including lots of Neil Diamond.

So many people have commented what a great legacy this blog has been for Greg to leave behind. Thanks for all your well wishes. More details will follow about the funeral service – likely to be held on Thursday or Friday.

Go in peace Greg – fly free from all your suffering.

May you open into a greater glory and may we meet again,

Lots of love from your loving and proud family,

Pauline, David, Lisa and Anthea.

Holding hands for the last time.


Written by David Naylor

24 September 2012 at 8:26 pm

Posted in David Naylor, DEATH

11 Responses

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  1. So sorry for your loss. I’m glad Greg’s passing was a peaceful one and he has left behind a wondeful legacy. Thinking of his family.

    Megan Oliver

    24 September 2012 at 8:30 pm

  2. Sorry for your loss , thinking of you all at this time always remembered .

    clara farley

    24 September 2012 at 8:45 pm

  3. I’ll never forget you Greg. My deepest sympathy to Pauline and family. You were a brave man Greg and an inspiration.


    24 September 2012 at 9:18 pm

  4. Thank God, that the last moments were peace-full. We will miss you Greg..
    Our true sympathy to you Pauline, and David, but you both have anticipated this day, and Greg prepared you well..
    Peter n Kerry


    24 September 2012 at 10:00 pm

  5. What does a person say to family in a time of loss???? Pauline, David and family My heart aches for you guys at this time. I hope you all find comfort in the thought that this man has brought so much knowledge, hope and friendship to many people caught up in the cancer world. When I was diagnosed I set out on a journey to learn as much as I could about this disease. When I had accumulated enough technical knowledge I set out looking for some human type of information that I could relate to. I got sick of reading the same technical stuff and needed the human type of experience warts and all and I found it with Gregs web site. Just a simple person who has been getting on with living the best way he could and passing on the information to others who followed in his footsteps. Greg I thank you for being there when I needed you.

    Finally I would like to offer the following in memory of Greg. It is a poem written by J.R. Tolkien the author of “The Lord Of The Rings” It concerns the final farewell of Bilbo who was Frodo’s grandfather and the finder of the ring.

    Day is ended,dim my eyes,
    but journey long before me lies.
    Farewell, friends! I hear the call.
    The ships beside the stoney wall.
    Foam is white and waves are grey,
    beyond the sunset leads my way.
    Foam is salt, the wind is free,
    I hear the rising of the sea.

    Farewell, friends! The sails are set,
    the wind is east, the moorings fret.
    Shadows long before me lie,
    beneath the ever bending sky,
    but islands lie behind the sun,
    that I shall raise ere all is done,
    lands there are to west of west,
    where night is quiet and sleep is rest.

    Guided by the lonely star,
    beyond the utmost harbour bar,
    I’ll find the heavens fair and free,
    and beaches of the starlit sea.
    Ship. My ship I seek the west,
    and fields and mountains ever blest.
    Farwell to Middle Earth at last.
    I see the Star above my mast.

    RIP Greg

    Love from Lee aka Popeye

    Lee Gallagher

    24 September 2012 at 10:35 pm

  6. A real man to the very end. So glad that his end was peaceful. It’s been an amazing story of courage, faith, humility and most of all selflessness. Greg, RIP.

    David, please update us with funeral details. Condolences to all the family. Your Dad was one in 22 million.


    Ray Dixon

    24 September 2012 at 11:07 pm

  7. May you all know the peace and love of Jesus Christ at this time
    Alison x x


    25 September 2012 at 6:30 am

  8. Farewell my friend may you now rest peacefully in Father Sky,I had spoken to you fairly frequently on facebook in the last few months and I was blessed to have known you in healthier times when I was around ten years old when you 1st introduced me to the world of computers you will be sadly missed but it was to be expected we all just hoped for that extra few months but at least now your pain has gone my condolences to Pauline,David,Anthea and Lisa,if any of the family needs anear to vent or talk to 0411875938 don’t hesitate to call see you in the next life Greg and I’ll bring my guitar and we will have an almighty jam

    Craig Washbourne(Warnbro-Western Australia)

    25 September 2012 at 7:06 am

  9. God Bless Greg and Family
    XXX Averil


    25 September 2012 at 10:52 am

  10. God bless Greg, you fought a good fight and helped many others.
    Pauline you’re a legend. Take care of yourself and let your friends help you if they can
    Deacon Tony told me that life will be different, not necessarily worse and not always better but just different.
    Luv Pam

    Pamela Deeker

    25 September 2012 at 10:41 pm

  11. Reblogged this on GREG'S LEGACY.


    5 September 2013 at 11:39 pm

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