NOVAL, Gregory Stephen
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Greg Noval, May 25, 2019 in Black Diamond at the young age of 64 years. Greg was born August 9, 1954 in Calgary and grew up in the Town of Innisfail where he graduated high school in 1972. In his youth, Greg enjoyed hockey, curling, skiing, hunting and fishing. He furthered his studies and graduated with Bachelor degrees in Commerce and Economics from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Law, University of Saskatchewan. Greg’s love for ranching began at a very early age while working summers and weekends on his grandfather Wilf Edgar’s farm west of Innisfail. While attending university, Greg worked the summers at Imperial Oil and Hudson’s Bay Oil and Gas in Calgary. Upon graduating with his Law degree, Greg started his own oil company in the basement of his grandfather’s house, called “The Bull Room”. This led to his later founding of Canadian 88 Energy which was eventually sold for more than $1 billion. Greg was also the founder of Canadian Superior Energy and was active in numerous oil and gas and other business ventures throughout his life. In 1992, Greg acquired his first ranch, the Bar N in the beautiful foothills west of Turner Valley. There he and his wife Valerie raised their young family while building a thriving cattle ranch along with Greg’s daily commuting to downtown Calgary to manage his oil company. There are many great memories of brandings and bar-b-ques at the ranch! On the side, he also ran his own business jet charter service. So many things to do, so little time in one day! To say that Greg was a hard worker is a huge understatement! Greg later acquired a second ranch, in the gorgeous Porcupine Hills area west of Granum. He was truly happy working the land and cattle in the Alberta foothills. He took great pride in his work and always strived for perfection in any endeavour. He was a visionary and a builder! Unfortunately, Greg was very severely injured in a traffic accident in late 2003. This led to many physical health struggles over the later years of his life. He continued to battle bravely but eventually succumbed much too early. He worked and fought to the end, as he always did, whether in adversity or good times. Greg is survived by his daughters Katie, Shelby (Cole), Kerilee, Sasha; grandchildren Grace, Jack, Nora, Dallas, Wade; sister Leslie; brother Jim. He was predeceased by his parents Jean and Edward. Greg’s family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at the Oilfields General Hospital in Black Diamond. A Memorial Service will be held on Monday June 3 at 2:00 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch #104, Innisfail with Reverend Sarah Fanning officiating. Memorial donations in Greg’s name can be made to the Oilfields General Hospital c/o Sheep River Health Trust, 403-995-5400, www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/sheep-river-health-trust Heartland Funeral Services Ltd., Innisfail entrusted with arrangements. 403-227-0006 www.heartlandfuneralservices.com