In Loving Memory of John J. "Bucky" Gregory
John J. "Bucky" GregoryDunmore, PA January 24, 1937 ~ April 25, 2018 Date of Service: April 30, 2018
John J. “Bucky” Gregory Sr., 81, returned home to his heavenly father Wednesday morning after a long, courageous battle with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. His wife of 57 years is the former Carmella (Gambacorta) Gambo. Born in Dunmore to the late Ernest and Rose Nicolais (Gregorio) Gregory, he was a life‐long parishioner of SS. Anthony and Rocco Parish in Dunmore and its holy name society. He was a graduate of Dunmore High School class of 1954. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy, where he proudly served aboard the air craft carrier USS Coral Sea CVA‐43 during the Suez Crisis of 1956. At a young age, he was entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining the operations of five divisions within the ship’s engineering department. After his honorable discharge from service, he returned home and started Gregory’s Appliance Repair Service, which would become the foundation for two, present day, family businesses. Within the time of starting his first business, he held managerial positions with Guerdon and Pacemaker Industries. He was later employed by Gethman and Muller Refrigeration Company, Ambi‐Temp Service Company, and Northeastern Air Conditioning. In 1975, the appliance repair business expanded into John J. Gregory Service Company, which later evolved into John J. Gregory Co., Inc., where he actively served as president up to the beginning of this year. He was a founding member of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society’s Scranton Chapter, a signatory contractor with Pipefitters and Plumbers Local Union 524, a member of The Mechanical Contractors Association of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and a past member of UNICO National, Scranton Chapter.
Aside from his business accomplishments, his greatest achievement was his family with whom he lived and worked with every day. Blessed with having his family working together in the same building, he spent his time between John Jr.’s vacuum cleaner store on the first floor and the mechanical contracting office on the second floor, where he would mentor, guide, and assist his wife and all of his children with the daily operations, along with their lives in general. He was a man of great faith, determination, honesty, and strength that instilled in his children the values of family, faith, love, compassion, integrity, and a strong work ethic. He cherished the affiliation he had amongst his “team” of employees and associates. He was a true people person and thoroughly enjoyed both the personal and business relationships he had developed throughout the years. He will be greatly missed by all of those that had the opportunity of knowing him, especially his family and friends. In addition to his wife Carmella, he is survived by two daughters, Tamara Gregory and fiancée, Gary Valvano, Lisa Gregory and companion Mark Woodyatt, John Gregory Jr., Joseph M. and wife, Melissa Mecca Gregory, and “Papa Buck’s” greatest “gifts”, granddaughters, Vincenza Rose and Gemma Grace, all of Dunmore. He is also survived by sisters, Carmella Donato, Rosemary Cali and husband Anthony, sister‐in‐law, Betty Jean Gregory, all of Dunmore. Sister‐in‐law, Johanna Gregory, Dumfries, VA, Brother‐in‐law, Angelo Gambo and wife Irene, and sister‐in‐law, Joanne Gambacorta, all of Dunmore, including 5 nieces, 9 nephews, great nieces, great nephews and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by brothers James “Chocky” and Ernest Jr. “Ernie”, father and mother‐in‐law Joseph and Anna Gambacorta, along with brothers‐in‐law, Ralph Donato, Joseph Gambacorta and 3 nephews. The family would like to thank Dr. Padmaja Bojanapoly and staff of Hematology and Oncology Associates of NEPA, doctors and staff of the second and fourth floors of Moses Taylor Hospital, and especially Dr. John Diakiw for all of the care and support given to John and our family over these past years and recent days. The funeral will be Monday from the Carlucci‐Golden‐DeSantis Funeral Home, 318 East Drinker Street, Dunmore, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in St. Anthony of Padua Church, Smith Street, Dunmore. Interment will follow in Mount Carmel Cemetery, Dunmore. Friends may call Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John’s honor to: The Friends of the Poor (Monsignor Anthony C. Marra Memorial Fund) 2300 Adams Ave. Scranton, PA 18509 or St. Jude’s Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101