Greg, How Are You?

Commemorating Greg’s life

by on Aug.12, 2012, under Uncategorized

Friends, family, and loved ones —

I am sorry to report that Greg died on the morning of Saturday, August 11th, of complications from the medical treatment that was meant to cure him of cancer. In the last weeks his medical team worked hard and Greg kept his spirits up as they battled with an escalating number of problems that eventually overwhelmed him.

Not long ago Greg was asked to participate in an internet meme in which you try to define yourself in seven words. The words he chose were: “Offering you a lighter for your lamp.” That light has now gone out, but the many lamps it lit are still burning and through them Greg shines brightly in the world still.

8 comments for this entry:
  1. Kristine

    Thanks you for posting. I watched a program, many many years ago where a young boy who had lost his grandparents years ago suddenly found himself with them, he saw them on their front porch, happy and smiling. He said, how can this be? They said, each time someone thinks of us, we are alive again, and today you thought of us. Were this true, Greg will live so very much as long as those of us who loved him are on this earth. The hurt is deep, as is the gratitude that he touched my life.

  2. Aunt Steph

    GREG, only by accident is my nephew.
    Sorry, with God there are no accidents.
    Greg is my nephew and I am proud to be his aunt stephie.
    Please remember he so loved BURING MAN!!! and my house is open to all, to pay a tribute to the greg man. It would be fine for us (me and uncle victor)to host a memorial.
    Let us know????
    Oh, such an important part of my being is lost. I will find it again when I am joined with those that have passed before me.
    Love to all who loves greg and your pain is my pain. epecially, Doreen, Mr and Mrs J and grandpa

    Aunt Stephine reno Nv 775 750 0789

  3. Mary Hwass-Hay

    Greg lit many lamps at MCP. Our children were blessed by his generosity of spirit and his love of learning. His unbridled enthusiasm for lighting their lamps was evident. Blessings and gratitude, Greg. You continue to shine.

  4. Dianne McGrail

    Wish I had known of this website sooner. I am the mother of one of Greg’s IT and Digifo students from the Class of 2009 at MCP. Greg was one of Dan’s favorite teachers and they kept in touch – Dan’s pic is on the December visitors’ page. It is no coincidence that Dan attends Cal Poly and is majoring in Business-IT. Dan also secured a great intern job at McAfee this summer. We know Greg was very proud of those things and encouraged Daniel many times! To his family and friends – my heart is very heavy and sad upon finding out the news. Greg was a good man with a big heart and he made a huge impact on many of his students. My sincere condolences. Rest in Peace, Greg. Dianne McGrail

  5. Yarrow

    Some of us who knew Greg through the Dances of Universal Peace and Peace Choir (at his house!) will be gathering to sing together in Greg’s honor this Wed Aug 15 at 7:30 PM at Rob & Karyn’s house in Garden Farms (16805 Walnut, Atascadero). Let the music heal our pain and raise Greg’s spirit amongst us. Please join us if you are so inspired.

    Greg’s favorite Peace Choir Song:
    “Boom boom boom…
    Deep down inside, I got that everlasting love,
    it’s shining like the sun, it radiates on everyone. And the more that I give the more I’ve got to give, it’s the way that I live, it’s what I’m living for, boom boom boom…”

    Sure was true in Greg’s case.

  6. Brian F.

    I was a fellow patient of Greg at the City of Hope. All I can say is that he was the most encouraging and loving guy there. His optimism was contagious and just because he ended up not making it does not mean that it dies with him. I can speak on behalf of other patients at COH and say it now lives in us, and I am sure it lives in all of Greg’s family, friends and students. He believed in the power of love and it was not just lip service but he offered a space for people to feel loved. I am honored to have met this man for a period (a very difficult period) of my life. Shalom, Brian.

  7. scott chapman

    A candle is burning for Greg in my home. Greg helped me save my home last September by 20 hours. His courage and fortitude throughout his illness were an inspiration to all of us to embrace life, be kind, help others, and keep a smile in some of the toughest of times. May we dedicate our tears of sadness at this loss to cleanse us of our sorrow and to water the fields of love and life, as Greg would smilingly encourage us to pursue. Our hearts and prayers go to Greg’s family; they were there for Greg and are not alone. Peace for all.

  8. Matthew Richman

    I don’t even know where to begin. Greg was, without a doubt, one of my best friends. He was a mentor, a guide. He was always there for me, no matter what was going on with him. I just heard the news today, so I need more time to put things into words. I guess the thing I will say is a quote from one of my favorite bands, Nightwish. “It’s hard to light a candle, easy to curse the dark instead”. No matter what was going on in his life, Greg always was, as he put it himself, a light for others. I guess we owe it to him to carry that forward for others, even when it is hard, so that through us, they may know him.

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