Gregory J. O'Rourke
1956 - 2020
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Gregory John "Greg" O'Rourke, passed away peacefully on March 31, 2020, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on the 4th of July 1956 in Evanston, Illinois, to Elizabeth M. (Fogarty) and John F. O'Rourke. Greg attended Catholic schools throughout his education, in New Jersey, Illinois, and Connecticut, graduating from East Catholic High School in Manchester, CT. Greg took courses in the United States Air Force, earned a Certificate in Microcomputing at Manchester Community College and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut. He served four years in the Air Force as a personnel specialist, stationed primarily in California. Greg worked with his father for nine years as a sales representative with O'Rourke Associates. He then worked in logistics for JC Penney and Federal Express for 36 years. In his free time, Greg enjoyed movies, concerts, reading, coin collecting, bicycling, hiking, fitness training, and listening to music (he has a very impressive CD collection). Greg traveled extensively, with his favorite memories from trips to Ireland and Hawaii. He was also a big fan of the NY Yankees, UCONN Basketball, Hartford Whalers and NY Jets. Greg leaves behind his brothers, Brian of West Hartford, Michael (Nina) of Kensington, Todd (Maria) of Glastonbury; sisters, Maureen Ives (Milton) of Bolton, and Colleen Munzu (Chris) of Manchester. He also leaves behind nephews, Sean, Corey, Jake and Aiden; as well as his nieces, Julia, Dani and Maggie. Greg was predeceased by his parents and his brother, Jeff. The family would like to thank the doctors and staff at the DeQuattro Cancer Center, and the caring professionals at The Mercy Community in West Hartford. Memorial contributions may be made to The Mercy Community Development Office, 2021 Albany Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117-2796. Due to the current healthcare circumstances and quarantine requirements, services will be held privately. Burial will take place in East Cemetery, Manchester. A celebration mass will be scheduled at a later date when conditions allow. The John F. Tierney Funeral Home, Manchester has care of the arrangements. For online condolences, please visit

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Published in Hartford Courant on Apr. 3, 2020.
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April 6, 2020
My best friend
Bob sulick
April 3, 2020
I first met Greg at East Catholic High School in 1970. He was always smiling and had a great sense of humor. We did a lot of hiking and camping and attended quite a few concerts with the same group of high school buddies. He fought valiantly through this and always managed to keep a positive attitude. I'll miss those breakfasts meetings, but I'll remember all the great times we had. God Bless you and your family. Chris Reiser
April 3, 2020
Just hard to believe Greg has left us... I meet Greg while in the Air Force and we kept in touch ever since. We hiked all of New England's state highpoint together. Also attended many concerts and sporting events with Greg over the years. Again, just tough seeing such a good friend taken from us.
My thoughts and prayers are with Greg's family. May your life long memories of Greg help you through this very difficult time.
David Sayles
April 3, 2020
Todd and family,

Words cannot express my deepest sorrow in learning of Greg's passing. I got to know him pretty well over the past 20 months! Greg fought this disease daily and never once complained. Greg loved talking with us about sports games, especially the UConn Huskies. His trip to Ireland was one of the highlights of his life.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time!
Meg Moran
April 3, 2020
I am so sorry to hear of Greg's passing. We were good friends in High School and I remember Greg as such a kind, funny, and caring guy. I'm sure you will all miss him dearly.
Remember, he is only in "another room in His mansion".
Heidi Lindberg
April 3, 2020
So sorry to hear of Gregs passing.We worked together for a bit at K-Mart in Manchester way back in the early 70's.Greg was a real nice person and great employee and friend.This is very sad.God Bless .
Everette Keeney
April 2, 2020
Dear Maureen and family,

Our condolences on the loss of your brother, brother-in-law and uncle. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Susan & Mark Roarabaugh
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