Donald James Gregory|
Virginia Beach - Don Gregory lost his battle with cancer on May 19, 2013 in Virginia Beach, Va. He was born on October 14, 1947 in Altoona, Pa and was the son of Demetrios and Audrey Gregory, who both preceded him in death.
Don graduated in 1966 from Frank W. Cox High School and then served six years in the Naval Reserves where he was an aviation mechanic. He served the City of Virginia Beach most of his career as a police officer from 1970 to 1992. During his time as police officer, he was part of the SWAT Team, Marine Patrol and obtained Master Policeman status. During the 1970's, he was a volunteer firefighter for London Bridge Station 3 and served as president for two of those years. He also served as Police Chief for a few years in Holidaysburg, PA and as an officer for the City of Chesapeake.
When he was not serving the city, he could be found continuing to serve others. He enjoyed coaching Little League baseball at Plaza Little League and coached one all-star team to the district championship. He could also be found in the garage repairing cars for himself and others. After retiring from the Police force, he found a way to serve others more by being the purveyor of Don's Stump Grinding and Lawn Care. Later in life, he enjoyed tinkering with his 1928 Model A.
He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Gregory. He is also survived by son Douglas Gregory and wife Kelly, grandchildren Mary Elizabeth, Douglas Jr., Dillon, Caleb, and Dawson. Son Dan Gregory and wife Traci. Son Dean Gregory and wife Tricia, grandchildren Alyssa and Alaina. Son David Gregory and wife Denise and grandson David Jr.
Don's life was filled by serving the city and others. He left us with an exemplary legacy of how to make the world a better place by helping others in times of need. His family and friends will deeply miss him but find comfort knowing he is no longer suffering.
Services will be held 4 p.m. Friday, May 24, at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Rd in Virginia Beach. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Hospice of Virginia Foundation 1700 Bayberry Court, Richmond, Virginia 23226 . Online condolences may sent to hdoliver.com
Published in The Virginian Pilot from May 22 to May 23, 2013