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Gregory G. "Gregg" Kosmos


1922 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Gregory G. "Gregg" Kosmos Obituary
Gregory "Gregg" G. Kosmos
August 23, 1922 - March 30, 2014
Lifelong resident of Oakland
A vibrant 91 years young with a heart of gold, Gregg passed peacefully at home after a valiant and graceful battle to return to the life, family, and friends he dearly loved. Born and raised in West Oakland, Gregg was the eldest son of Greek immigrant parents Theofanis and Demetra Kosmos. He graduated from McClymonds High School where he was active in the student body, excelled in many sports, and discovered his true love-baseball. Later scouted by the N.Y. Yankees but his father decided that he should instead further his education. He went on to obtain degrees from S.F. City College and St. Marys. He also attended classes and seminars at Cal and Harvard. Gregg was a very proud WWII Navy Veteran and did tours of duty on the Destroyer Shaw and the aircraft carrier Ticonderoga. He later entered the insurance industry quickly rising to become Field V.P. for the western states and Hawaii Division of John Hancock. In later years, he specialized in financial planning and investments. He was an accomplished speaker and has been the keynote speaker and/or chairman of many social and business events. He was a long time Master Mason at Oakland Durant Rockridge Lodge and was always active in local community affairs. He served as a fundraiser officer and board member for numerous charitable foundations, notably the Scottish Rite Childhood Language Disorder Clinic.
Gregg loved his church life at Ascension Cathedral where he initiated many fundraisers including the very successful Greek Festival and Invitational Golf Tournament. He was a great fan of Fenton's strawberry shakes and crab sandwiches. Above all, he was a true friend-always deeply thoughtful and considerate to all. His passing will lead a void that can never be filled.
He is survived by his loving wife Christine, daughter Andrea, son Paul, and sunshine of his life- granddaughter Lydia. He is also survived by his brother Chris, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, and other beloved family members. In celebration of his life, family and friends are invited to attend a Trisagion Service on Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 6:00 pm at the Ascension Cathedral, 4700 Lincoln Avenue, Oakland, CA 94602. There will be Military honors prior to the Trisagion Service. For further information please contact Harry W. Greer funeral director FDR745.

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Published in Inside Bay Area on Apr. 4, 2014
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