Florence M. Gregory

Florence M. Gregory
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The Stylings of Disco Flo

Seated in what she thought was too formal a restaurant last winter at Christmas, Florence M. Gregory announced to companions that she was going outside to ask the Salvation Army band on the corner if they knew a certain song. Moments later, the band arrived at the restaurant, took the table next to hers, and played songs for everyone.

"That was my sister," Maureen Petronis said. "She could break the ice anywhere."

Miss Gregory, who was known as "Disco Flo" because of her taste in music, loved people. "She was always smiling and laughing and joking," Mrs. Petronis said. "People were drawn to her."

When she was not working at Aon, where she was a specialist in marine insurance, Miss Gregory, 38, could be found golfing, fishing, cooking, traveling and spending time with her two nieces and three nephews. A longtime resident of Breezy Point in Queens, she was one of three children of Florence and John Gregory.

She was an excellent cook and took particular pleasure in preparing meals for family and friends. Her favorite holiday was St. Patrick's Day, when she would pull out all the stops with corned beef and cabbage.

"She was a fabulous aunt," Mrs. Petronis said.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 23, 2001.

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