Obituary of Greg Boivin
God called Greg home on June 16, 2017, at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley, CA. His peaceful passing ended his eleven years of struggle with serious injuries he sustained in an automobile accident in Butte, Montana in 2006. Greg was born on August 14, 1959, to Joe and Wilma Boivin in Hermiston, Oregon. In 1961 the family moved to Grass Valley, California, where Greg’s father first opened Joe’s Body Shop in the Hartman Chevrolet Building on West Main Street. Greg attended school at Nevada City Elementary, Hennessy and Lyman Gilmore. He graduated from Nevada Union High School in 1977. During high school and for a few years after, Greg’s passion was motocross racing throughout California, Oregon and Washington. His earlier years racing with his best friend since third grade, James H. Hill, resulted in both men collecting many trophies. Greg’s were placed on shelves in his father’s shop, next to trophies won by his sister, Sheila, who drove stock and sprint cars, and older auto trophies won by his dad, Joe.
Following graduation, Greg was employed at Joe’s Body Shop on Maltman Drive in Grass Valley where he sharpened his skills with vehicle collision repair and painting. During that time he and friends organized a band that played locally, often with music written by band members. In his free time, Greg taught guitar. Greg moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and eventually opened his own shop specializing in restoration of high end Ferraris and classic customs while continuing to play and write music and songs. Soon he expanded his business to include heavy equipment brokerage and eventually specialized in mining equipment. He designed, built and operated mineral processing plants in Mina and Silver Springs, Nevada. Greg later provided his expertise to a mining operation in Montana where his automobile accident on black ice occurred. He remained hospitalized for several months before moving back to his home in Grass Valley.
While closing his home after his passing, his family and friends found an impressive collection of guitars and music recording equipment and an eclectic collection of music. Greg was always a “rocker” at heart. Along with his love of music, Greg continued to study geology, mining, and chemistry up to the time of his hospitalization and passing.
Greg is survived by his mother, Wilma Hunt; sister, Sheila Boivin; and father and stepmother, Joe and Sharon Boivin, all of Grass Valley; aunt and uncle Vickie and John Boivin of Puyallup, Washington; and by Chuck and Eileen Turay and their daughters Olivia and Joleigh of Florida. Greg was predeceased by maternal grandparents Wilbur and Frances Wardwell and Aunt Sharon Wardwell, and by paternal grandparents Joe and Velma Boivin, all of The Dalles, Oregon. Aunts Sue Weatley of Tri-Cities, Washington, and Earlene Ewing of Palm Desert, California, survive along with a number of cousins in Washington and Idaho and many good friends from coast to coast. Also gone before him was his best buddy “Frodo”.
Greg’s family and friends are particularly grateful for the care given Greg during stays in the Critical Care and Intensive Care Units of Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital. A heartfelt thanks is extended to RN Craig Lewis at Sierra Nevada, and to Keith Baldwin for the thoughtful care he provided Greg while he was still in his own home. Greg will be remembered for his loving heart, sweet soul and unlimited kindness. A memorial service in Greg’s honor will be held at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary in Nevada City at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 8, 2017.
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