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Gregory "Greek" Gregaru

January 3, 1930 - January 8, 2018

Please join us for a celebration of Greg’s life on Saturday, March 17th at noon at the Marinwood Community Center.


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January 8, 2018 marked the end of an era…an era when a man did not need a degree to successfully and happily raise his family in Marin County…an era when the funniest and most well-liked umpire in Little League could run around the bases with any child who got a hit, and not be asked to leave the field…an era when a dad could hang out in the park with his sons’ buddies and have a couple of beers without getting arrested…an era when a guest could get up on stage at a wedding reception, drop his pants, shake his behind in his tighty whities, and not offend anyone…Gregory “Greek” Gregaru, a man who wore his belt buckle on the left (Mission Style) and his heart of gold on his sleeve, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side after an ever-so-brief bout with cancer.
Born in San Francisco to Efthimios and Cafio (Saribalis) Gregaru, Greg grew up in the Mission District. He attended Mission High. He worked as a photo engraver in the Lithographer’s Union for over 40 years, the last 18 of which were with the San Francisco Examiner. In 1952 he married the love of his life, a beautiful Irish girl from the Mission, Elaine Rose Healy. In 1965 they moved to the “country” and resided in Marinwood for the past 53 years, where they raised their sons, John and Frank. Every one of their friends was equally treated as a son. The front door was never locked, and their home was welcoming to all.
Greg loved classic country music, old westerns, and sports, but nothing brought him more happiness than his granddaughters, Sophie and Audri. From the day they were born until the day he died, he lived for these two girls. They could not have been more fortunate than to have this silly, doting man as their “grampa.” He has been described as legendary, one of a kind, iconic, epic, one in a million, life of the party, and a true character. Greg’s quick wit and engaging sense of humor trademarked him “The Crazy Greek”.
He is survived by his son, Frank, and “daughter,” Donna, as well as, his adored granddaughters, Sophia and Audriana. He is predeceased by his loving parents, his beloved wife, Elanie, his cherished son, Johnny, and his sisters, Mary Gregaru and Anna Chicka Gregaru.
Although the era of Gregory “Greek” Gregaru has come to its end, the memories of his fun-loving ways and crazy antics will live forever in our hearts.
Our family would like to express our deepest gratitude for the loving and compassionate care we received by both Hospice by the Bay and the Gentle Care Agency of San Rafael.
Please join us for a celebration of Greg’s life on Saturday, March 17th at noon at the Marinwood Community Center.