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  • We were saddened to hear of the loss of your brother ... his time of suffering has ended, but yours' continues. Although we did not know him, he has left a tremendous impact on those who did ... may all the kind thoughts, words and memories, bring you some comfort. Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to you ...
    Chris & Moe (and all of Greg's family)
  • Dear Kiez Family: As we remember Greg one year on, fondly in our hearts:
    Do not stand at my grave and weep,
    I am not there; I do not sleep.
    I am a thousand winds that blow,
    I am the diamond glints on snow,
    I am the sun on ripened grain,
    I am the gentle autumn rain.
    When you awaken in the morning's hush
    I am the swift uplifting rush
    Of quiet birds in circling flight.
    I am the soft starlight at night.
    Do not stand at my grave and cry,
    I am not there; I did not die.
    Doug & Deborah Coady, Almonte, ON
  • Rest in Piece Greg.
    Donna Pullini, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • We wish condolences to the family.
    Ahmet Guvencer, Istanbul
  • We're so sorry to hear of Greg's passing. Our sincere and deepest sympathies, Ned, to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all...
    Thomas CURTIS, Bilgi University, İstanbul
  • Sevgili Global Ailesi,
    I am deeply saddened to hear of the untimely death of Mr. Kiez. My condolences to his family in Turkey and Canada. Most sincerely, MAbbott(Global 1996-2001)
  • In honor of a brilliant man with a beautiful spirit we remember Greg fondly and the legacy he left with us. In celebration of his birthday, on September 7, I remember a dear friend, a colleague, a fellow traveler and visionary. Your spirit remains with us.
    Donna Pulini, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • To the Kiez family - my heartfelt condolences in this difficult time.
    Elena Ambros Ottawa, Ontario
  • To the Kiez family - please accept our sincere condolences in this difficult time.
    Kauser Noorani Toronto, Ontario
  • To all of Greg's family and friends, I want to express my deepest sympathies. A truly wonderful light has gone out in the world and I trust the vibrancy of our memories will continue to reflect the vibrancy of his impact on all of our lives.
    Gary Connolly Nepean
  • I had the pleasure to meet Greg in NY when he wanted to make the cancer pin a couple of years ago. What an amazing soul, kind, open, loving and generous. I will never forget his smile and wit! May God in his might help you and all the family in this deep time of sorrow. He will be missed.
    Tom Rossman New York
  • Why do the good ones go so soon? Amazing guy. Amazing brain. I'll miss him.
    Yaf Boye-Flaegel New York City, New York
  • Ned & Leona, Please accept our sincere condolencs on your tragic loss.
    J Seldis London
  • An awesome man with a brain too big for our world. He will be missed.
    Keith & Marge Brownlee, Kingston
  • Auntie Leona and Uncle Ned, I hope your love for Greg and pride of his accomplishments bring you respite during your time of mourning. We are all here for a short time, it is inspirational what Greg has accomplished and the impact he had on his community. We all hope our children can contribute so positively. Marvin, Gillian and Family.
    Shirley Kay, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Leona and Ned: Why is it so hard to find the words that will ease the grief, the loss, the pain and sorrow..because there are none. My heart and love goes out to you and your family.
    Marvin Tansley, Bellevue, Washington
  • To Greg's family and friends, please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. May your memories of his kind heart and good deeds be a blessing to you.
    Colleen McGowan, Ottawa, Ontario
  • Dear Chris, Maureen and family, I'm so sorry for your loss, my prayers and thoughts are with all of you. May you all be strengthened by happy memories of Greg.
    Michael Feldman,Toronto, Ontario
  • Greg has been an important presence throughout most of my adult life, and I will miss him very much. Deepest condolences to his family in Turkey and Canada.
    Chris Hrnchiar, Ottawa, Ontario
  • To Greg's family and many close friends, my thoughts are with you at this very sad time. I have many wonderful memories from my summers spent working with Greg. I will always remember him with fondness.
    Alison Chilcott-Spyer
  • Dear Ned, Leona and family, I was so saddened to hear about Greg. Although I had only met him as a young child, I know that he was a very accomplished man, someone you can always be proud of and have fine thoughts of. No words can take away the sorrow, but know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. His cousin, and your niece....Marian Remenda
    Tamara Tarasoff, Farrellton, Quebec
  • To all family and friends of Greg, I am very sorry for your loss and send my deepest condolences. He was such a wonderful person and was very honored to be one of his neighbors. When a friend needed a place to keep her beloved horse he volunteered a place in his garden and lived there until he passed on. When I was threatened by my neighbors because i had rescued too many dogs he offered me a place to keep them. I will never forget his kind and giving spirit. Rest in peace beloved friend.
    Marian Remenda, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Chris, Maureen, family and friends, Please accept my condolences. Greg died way too young.
    Rosemary Muhtesem Tramantano Demirag, Bodrum
  • At this time of mourning my thoughts and prayers are with you all and may you find comfort in your fond memories of him at this time. Though I had not seen him in many years what I will remember about Greg is his sense of humor, great smile and best guy to have around in French class if you needed help!
    Doug WILSON, Christina Lake, British Columbia
  • We lost a great man. Not much to say, To bear his loss, May God give the strength to Mr Kutman.
    Sharon Sheehy (Crawford), Scarborough, Ohio
  • Prayers and condolences to the family. A huge loss, and at the young age of 50.
    Sinan Pismisoglu, SNR Denton, Washington, DC
  • From across the miles,
    Rene Stein, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line - Miami

Gregory M. Kiez

An Ambitious Lover of Turkey

Gregory Michael Kiez was born in Canada and spent the final 20 years of his life in Turkey, where he left behind a significant legacy as a successful businessman. He went on to become the Chairman of the Board of Ege Ports – Kuşadası, Chairman of the Board of Port Akdeniz – Antalya and Chairman of the Board of Global Ports Holding, all of which operate under Global Investment Holdings, where Mr. Kiez also served as a Board Member.

Gregory Michael Kiez’s storied career began when he received his BA in law from the University of Toronto and from there he received numerous awards during his academic career, including scholarships from Norman Levy, Borden & Elliot, Dow-Hickson, the James Cappon Memorial Prize and the James McGill Award.

Gregory Michael Kiez then fell in love with Turkey, so much that he spent two decades here, expending his energy in promoting and defending Turkey across many platforms in addition to his contributions to creating a new industry sector and positioning Turkey to become a major player within it. Today, the Gregory Michael Kiez Applied and Theoretical Classrooms of the Adnan Menderes University Tourism and Hotel Management College facilities, which were constructed under his aegis and include twelve classrooms, three laboratories and two applied training kitchens, welcome approximately 2,000 students daily.

Along with his philanthropic activities, Mr. Kiez placed great importance on the protection of works of art and world heritage. From 2006 onwards, he served as a board member of the Texas A&M University- Institute of Nautical Archeology (INA), which is recognized as a leading institution in maritime archaeology and has spearheaded many excavations, including the Istanbul Yenikapı excavation and the excavation of the Bronze Age Uluburun shipwreck on display in the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology. During his long tenure as a senior executive within Global Investment Holdings and its subsidiaries, Gregory Michael Kiez was a mentor to many members of the Global Family and to many of his colleagues within the finance and port sectors, owing to his meticulous work ethic, self-discipline, wisdom and considered guidance. He left us with a final lesson in life by setting an example as a fighter, one last time, during the unrelenting battle that he waged against Glioblastomas cancer for more than two years.


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