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Stars in Heaven…Shining Brightest

In these days leading up to the "anniversary," I keep going back to the beginning. The moment I spotted Greg. And I just knew. 41 years ago. Bushy-haired guy, beer in hand, hanging at the pool. He never knew what hit him. And it hit him hard. He didn't stand a chance. Locked him out one night. Talked the night through. One date. And the rest was history. Inseparable. Partners. Lovers. Friends. My grandmother used to say, "You need to get down on your hands and knees. Every night. And pray. You need to thank God for giving Greg to you." I resented it. I thought, "What about me?" Shouldn't he thank God for me? Wasn't I good enough? I didn't get it. But as the years went by, I understood. He Read more [...]

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Stars in Heaven…Shining Brighter

"Dad, you are not an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way." Of all the roles Gregger played, this was his favorite. He cherished being "dad." Doting. Goofy. Soft-hearted. Supportive. He worked tirelessly to be the best. To give the most. But pull back just a little when needed. Not much. That was the toughest part for him. His heart was super-sized. Especially when it came to his kids. "Aside from being the best father a son could dream of my dad was also my best friend, my greatest mentor and will always be my hero. There are no words to express the joy I felt in every moment I shared with him on this earth. The way my dad lived Read more [...]

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Stars in Heaven..Keep on Shining

Gregger was so much to so many people. And he played each "part" perfectly. You rarely saw him without a smile, a bounce in his step, or a sparkle behind those fashion specs. Whether your chum, crony, or cohort, he made you feel as though you were his #1. The Friend: To everyone. Gregger never met a man/woman/child who was NOT his friend. Everyone loved The Gregger. He left an imprint on your soul. A smile in your heart. The twinkle in his eye. The sparkle in his smile. It touched you. And made YOU feel special. As if you were his favorite. If he asked, "How are you?" He meant it. "He changed the world by asking, 'How are you?' because he really wanted to know." He listened. He asked questions. Read more [...]

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Stars in Heaven…Still Shining

I never imagined a year ago that I would be preserving Gregger's memory. We should be celebrating life. Together. "If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane, I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again." But I can't. So I'll hold onto the memories. The photographs in my mind. He was unique. Extraordinary. One-of-a-kind. There will never be another Gregger. And so I remember... The Gentleman: Before he became The Gregger, he was just plain Greg. Simple. Modest. Unassuming. Gregger was a "Gentle" Man and a Gentleman all rolled into one cuddly delight. Big heart. Soft soul. The "gentle" man was considerate, kind, tender. He could melt my heart with the touch of his hand. Tears Read more [...]

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Stars in Heaven

"Live for something. Do good, and leave behind you a monument of virtue that the storms of time can never destroy. Write your name in kindness, love, and mercy on the hearts of thousands you come in contact with year by year, and you will never be forgotten. Your name and your good deeds will shine as stars in heaven." This was Gregger. He is truly a shining star in heaven. He lived for something. He lived for a lot. His family. His friends. Truly anyone who crossed his path. He did good. He was full of goodness. He left behind a monument of kindness, goodness, and generosity that time will never erase. He will never be forgotten. He was one of the good guys. As most of you know, this is a Read more [...]

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