LUTZ, Gregg Vincent
October 1st, 1943 - November 17th, 2012
It is with deep sadness that we must announce the sudden passing of Gregg Vincent Lutz. Gregg leaves behind his wife Janet, two daughters; Karen (Chandan) Narayan and Courtney (Kevin) Lyman, granddaughter Rae Lyman and grandson Narayan who is due to arrive into the world next February, his sister Fran Kemper, and his dog Riley. Gregg was predeceased by his daughter Darian Lutz, father Frank, mother Helen and his sister Mary Frame.
Gregg spent his early years, in the rural community of Valencia just outside of Pittsburgh, PA, USA. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati, School of Architecture, where he met his wife Janet. After 7 years in Boston, MA they chose to create a new life for themselves, and emigrated to Northern BC's remote Nass River Valley in 1975. In 1979, after a few challenging homesteading years, the almost accidental foundation of an architectural practice Architecture North, and the birth of his first daughter, Gregg and family moved to Terrace, BC. A few years later in 1986, Gregg and his growing family moved for the final time to West Vancouver. No longer in the north, the firm was renamed Lutz Associates Architects.
Gregg was an avid outdoorsman, with a great love of animals and nature. After leaving his northern life and moving to the city, he was able to fulfill his need to stay connected to the environment that he loved with yearly elaborate excursions to the woods. He also channeled his love of animals through his work as the President of the Stanley Park Zoological Society from 1989 to 1991.
He had a talent and passion for fine woodworking, which he inherited from his father and one that he has now passed on to his son-in-law. Not a day went by that he wasn't out in his shop creating his next beautiful piece. There was always a project in the works and it was important to him that each new thing he chose to build be a gift for someone that he loved. He held them in his mind throughout the process from raw wood to completed form. It gave him great joy and made everything that he created hold lasting meaning for the recipients.
The months and days preceding Gregg's passing were a wonderful time for him. He and Janet were in the midst of planning their next great adventure, a migration across the country to relocate their lives to rural Ontario to be close to his daughters who now live in Toronto. Gregg was anxious to get there so that he could spend time with his new granddaughter, await the arrival of his grandson, set up his new workshop with Chandan, go on fishing trips with Kevin, help Karen and Courtney with all of their house projects, and reinvent his long ago dream of living life with his wife and dog close to nature and those that he loved.
Gregg, was idealistic, passionate, brutally honest with his opinions, and was never shy about sharing exactly what was on his mind. He was strong willed and persistent in the pursuit of his goals. He was a man of few regrets. Gregg loved and cared deeply for those close to him and will be greatly missed by his friends and family.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society www.bc.cancer.ca
. A celebration of Gregg's life will be held at the West Vancouver United Church located at 2062 Esquimalt Ave, West Vancouver, BC on Sunday, Nov 25th at 1:00pm.