Andrew Gregory

ANDREW GREGORY Early in the morning of January 5, 2014, Andrew Gregory was released from his earthly body
into the comfort and peace of his angels. Lanny grew up in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the third of Al and Mickey Gregory's five children. His youth was spent playing basketball at the Boys Club, caddying at Berkshire Hills Country Club and building lifelong friendships. After graduating from St. Joseph's High School, he proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps, spending part of that time in Okinawa, Japan, where he specialized in Cryptology and miraculously avoiding the customary tattoo of young American servicemen. As a young father and husband, he made the world a little greener as the Superintendent of Tedesco Country Club in Swampscott, Massachusetts, where he later established a successful lawn care service. In the mid-1980s, he finally realized his dream to move to Florida where his passion for golf was seldom interrupted by freezing temperatures and feet of snow. There he built another business, Nimbus Irrigation, further beautifying the world around him. After retiring, Lanny found a new calling with St. Lucie County Schools, providing support and assistance to young students, with a genuine kindness and complete absence of judgment that made him beloved among students and faculty alike. Lanny was a vibrant and generous man with a great sense of humor. He loved sports, especially golf; playing the Old Course at St. Andrew's in Scotland was one of the highlights of his life. He loved the outdoors, but most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren. When asked how he wished to be remembered Lanny said how he loved working with children, the game of golf since age 6, and making people smile and laugh. Lanny offers to his wife of 47 years, Mary O'Connell Gregory, a woman of remarkable intelligence, loyalty, strength and kindness, the eternal love, gratitude and appreciation that he always felt profoundly but seldom expressed adequately. He leaves behind, in the eternal embrace of his enormous loving spirit, his sisters, Judy Hollister (Valatie, NY) and Joyce Pothier (Pittsfield, MA); his brothers, Rev. Peter Gregory (Pittsfield, MA) and Christopher Gregory (Durango, CO) and their children and grandchildren, each of whom was precious to him and a source of great joy and pride. He also leaves his daughters, Kathryn Coolidge (Yarmouth, ME) and Erin DeCaprio (Arlington, VA) and his four grandchildren, Meredith, Henry, Claudia and Roman, whom he would vehemently defend as the most perfect, wonderful creatures ever to grace this planet. Finally, he thanks his good friend Bill W. and their many, many mutual friends who kept him going day-by-day. A gathering of family and friends will be from 6:30 to 8 pm on Friday, January 10th at Yates Funeral Home & Crematory's Fort Pierce Chapel. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 am, on Saturday, at St. Anastasia Catholic Church, with his brother Rev. Peter Gregory and Rev. Chamindra Williams officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Treasure Coast Hospice, 5000 Dunn Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34981, www.tchospice.org; or St. Anastasia's Bereavement Ministry, 407 South 33rd Street, Fort Pierce, FL 34947, are greatly appreciated. An online guestbook may be signed at www.yatesfuneralhome.com. Arrangements entrusted to Yates Funeral Home, Fort Pierce, Florida.

Funeral Home

Yates Funeral Home
1101 South U.S. 1 Fort Pierce, FL 34950
(772) 461-7000

Published in the TC Palm on Jan. 8, 2014