Friends remember beloved Yellowknife curmudgeon Greg 'Cominco' Loftus

CBC NEWS NORTH | Katherine Barton

59-year-old known for his advocacy for organ donation, being a grouch, and his affinity for beer

Greg 'Cominco' Loftus at his 57th birthday party. Loftus passed away earlier this week at the age of 59. (Bob Wilson
People who live in Yellowknife's Woodyard neighbourhood are mourning the loss of a fixture in the community this week: Greg "Cominco" Loftus.

Loftus, who was known as a "character" in those parts, died earlier this week at the age of 59.

Larry Galt first met his friend when Loftus arrived in Yellowknife as a 15-year-old "snot nosed kid" in the 1970s.

"He wanted to see the world," Galt recalled this week.

He said Loftus travelled the globe, always learning from the people in the places he visited — whether he was diving in Africa or working at a cattle station in Australia.

Loftus "was not afraid of a beer," his friend laughed. He was often found at Harley's Hard Rock Saloon. Continue reading
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