WHITEFIELD - Rev. John Chase Gregory, 87, passed away on Monday July 22, 2013, at his home with his family by his side.
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He was born on April 17, 1926, in Johnsonburgh, Pa., a son to the late J. Howell and Esther Anne (Wessman) Gregory.
Rev. Gregory grew up in Wheaton, Ill. He attended the University of Illinois graduating with a bachelor's of science degree, University of Cincinnati with a master's in chemistry and the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Mass. Rev. Gregory worked for Andrew Jergen's Co. developing new cosmetics. He also worked at the WMRHS as a chemistry teacher, Littleton Regional High School as a math and chemistry teacher; he was also an analytical chemist and eventually an executive vice president for the PJ Noyes Company. Rev. Gregory was the pastor of St. Paul's Episcopal Church and St. Mark's Parish from 1959 until 1969, a long time chaplain at Weeks Memorial Hospital, as well as having a ministry in many New Hampshire and Vermont neighboring towns. Rev. Gregory is also a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force.
Rev. Gregory enjoyed studying the Bible in many languages, music, chemistry and math, as well as learning Hebrew and many other languages. He also enjoyed flying and was the chaplain for the Civil Air Patrol.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Pat (MacDonald) Gregory, two brothers William and George Gregory and a son, Craig Hersom. He is survived by his wife, Clara (Ball) Gregory of Whitefield, three sons Rev. John Gregory-Davis of Meriden, James Gregory of East Burke, Vt., Nathan Hersom of Sanbornton; three daughters Rebecca Bernard of Groveton, Kathi Mitchell of Woodsville, Jennifer Chauvette of Groveton, 12 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, a niece and nephew.
SERVICES: A visiting hour will be held on Monday, July 29, from 1 to 2 p.m. at Bailey Funeral Home in Lancaster. A funeral will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Lancaster at 2:30 p.m. following the visiting hour with Father David Taylor officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church 113 Main Street Lancaster, 03584.
Please go to www.baileyfh.net for more information or to send an online condolence.
Bailey Funeral Home
210 Main Street
Lancaster, NH 03584
Published in Union Leader on July 25, 2013