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Greg Wilmes, 62, of St. Paul, Minnesota passed away on Sunday, September 10, 2017 after a quick and courageous battle with lung cancer. He was a lawyer, and since 2004 Vice President, Portfolio Management for North Central Equity LLC, a privately held Minnesota-based holding company that owns several businesses. Greg held a Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell School of Law (Magna Cum Laude) and a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Mankato State University (Summa Cum Laude). Greg had an adventurous spirit and helped start a telephone company in Madrid, Spain in 1999. Greg clerked for the Honorable Judge Paul Magnuson (federal court) and started the social group Lake Elmo Federal Bar Association (LEFBA) that still meets and celebrates each year. He also clerked for United States Magistrates Floyd Boline and J. Earl Cudd. Greg practiced law in state and federal courts, as well as before the NASD and NYSE. He co-founded Briol & Wilmes, a law firm in Minneapolis that specialized in securities litigation. Greg was known to grow giant pumpkins and formed the Giant Urban Pumpkin Growers Association (GUPGA) that hosted weigh-offs for multi-hundred pound pumpkins. Greg was a husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend. Many knew him to be quick with humor and wit and possess a keen intellect. He was an eloquent writer and loved to debate. Greg enjoyed travelling with his family, reading science and history books, and tending to his gardens and orchards in St. Paul where he grew peaches, grapes, and various types of berries. His travels with wife Maggie took him to many places including Morocco, Australia, and train excursions in the Swiss Alps. He was a creative chef who cooked "dump dinners" and other esoteric meals. Greg's greatest joy was his three children: Ethan, Josephine and Alexander. The love he had for them is immeasurable and goes to eternity.
Greg is survived by his wife Magdalena (Maggie) O'Reilly; his children Ethan, Josephine and Alexander; his father Richard Paul Wilmes; his brothers Paul (DeAnn), Kenny (Linda); his sisters Susan (Ed), Peggy (Chris), and Jessica (Antonio); and many nieces and nephews.
Greg was preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis Wilmes.
Visitation 4-8pm Tuesday, September 19 at O'Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home, 575 Snelling Avenue South, St. Paul and 10am on Wednesday at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Funeral Service 11:00am Wednesday, September 20 at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 1079 Summit Avenue. Private burial.
Memorials preferred to Virginia Piper Cancer Institute and Higher Ground Homeless Shelter in Saint Paul.
Published on September 14, 2017
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