John B. Gregson, and his wonderful wife Lourdes, are so good and positive.
I first met John during a sheet metal apprentice contest, then as a fellow instructor, and on from there....
As a sheet metal worker, after completing a 7 year sheet metal apprenticeship in Britain, which included helping to form panels into Rolls Royce car fenders, he was stationed in Gibraltar for the British military. There, he made a lead sheet model of the Rock of Gibraltar for the Queen. Later, John was welding aluminum using oxy-acetylene in Canada while others did not know it was possible, and then made his way to San Francisco, where he met Lourdes. As a sheet metal worker working for the City of SF, he eventually took lead of the Department of Public Works. Johns sheet metal skills extended beyond the common, into very artistic work. He was involved with his union, Sheet Metal Local 104, from parades to strikes. He made center pieces for the 100th year anniversary, repaired one of the zinc eagles which originally rested atop the union hall on Guerrero St., hammered out copper sinks and made various trophies, and restored the windmill on the west end of Golden Gate Park. As a teacher, John shared his love for the trade as well as his skills and example.
John respected everyone. He loved his family, co-workers, students, members, staff, everyone. It was not uncommon for him to stop by the apprenticeship office with bread rolls for our staff, tell a few stories and make sure everything was ok.
Johns attitude is an inspiration to athletics, as well, having coached soccer teams, run several marathons, and swimming to Alcatraz. He inspired me to explore the Dipsea.
I am inspired every time I think of John, and see no reason to stop.