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June 05, 2006

Safe passage, Gregory

Greg died today around 4:37 pm at Children's Hospital with his family and friends at his bedside. He was comfortable and surrounded by prayer, music and love. Memorial information to follow. I was honored to be there.

Posted by emily at June 5, 2006 09:33 PM

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Goodbye, Gregory. You were a wonderful friend, and I'm glad I had the chance to know you.

Posted by: Cygnoir [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 5, 2006 09:49 PM

His friends have been gathering online to remember him. He was truly a kindred spirit. My heart goes out to all who loved him.

I post this through tears.

Posted by: Squiddhartha [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 5, 2006 09:49 PM

I will miss you, snooze :(

Posted by: darweesh [LiveJournal user info] at June 5, 2006 10:00 PM

Dear snooze,

It was nice knowing you, and you will be missed. I hope you are now in a better place where there are plenty of records to spin.

Posted by: jlick [LiveJournal user info] at June 5, 2006 10:01 PM

Farewell.

Posted by: nihilistic-kid [LiveJournal user info] at June 5, 2006 10:13 PM

goodbye, greg.

@},-'---

Posted by: dartpoly [LiveJournal user info] at June 5, 2006 10:58 PM

To get an idea of the many whose lives Gregory touched, look at the LiveJournals of some of his friends, here: http://community.livejournal.com/surlydinos/friends/

Posted by: Squiddhartha [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 5, 2006 11:35 PM

To the first online person I met in person 13 years ago! Thank you for not being a freak and for introducing me to Grod.. You will be missed.

Posted by: dinoshadow [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 12:55 AM

Such a kind person. And so loved.

Posted by: vfc [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 01:50 AM

Goodbye Gregory. I'm glad we got to meet in person last year. I'll miss you.

Posted by: witchchild [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 06:30 AM

Where are friends of Gregory meeting online? I keep going back and forth between shock & deep deep sadness :-(

../mosaica

Posted by: Mosaica [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 6, 2006 07:53 AM

Goodbye Gregory. You will be sorely missed.

Posted by: sylphon [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 09:15 AM

I haven't really had any direct contact with Greg for over fifteen years, but I remember him as a friendly and caring person. The world the poorer for his passing.

Posted by: tactical-grace [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 09:19 AM

Sail along, silvery snooze. Thanks for all the discussions, heated and otherwise, over the past years.

Posted by: jadawin [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 09:23 AM

I am a friend of some friends of Greg's from Boston. I would be shocked if he knew my name, but he might recognize my face from 'around.' I've been reading his blog for the past few years with hope, concern, and fascination, and I was deeply saddened to hear of his passing.

--evan

Posted by: cromulent [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 6, 2006 09:23 AM

Goodbye, Greg. We'll miss you.

Posted by: sarakate [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 09:24 AM

I heard about this from Jack and Laurie. I only met him the once, but he was one of the most full of life, and likable, people that I ever met.

-gingi

Posted by: tigerbright [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 09:29 AM

Aw, man. You've been a great friend for 16 years. So sad to see you go.

Posted by: xibo [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 09:31 AM

Goodbye Greg. I'm sorry we never had a chance to catch up. :(

Posted by: sarabellum [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 09:39 AM

Mosaica, many of us knew him through a MUD named DinoMUSH (which I run), and we gathered there last night. I don't know whether we'll do the same today, but if you want to drop by, you can connect to port 6250 on dino.surly.org.

Posted by: Squiddhartha [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 6, 2006 09:50 AM

Goodbye, Greg. :(

Posted by: pasiphae [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 6, 2006 10:00 AM

So long, and thanks for all the music, dear Gregory.

Posted by: Becky Spainhower [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 6, 2006 10:08 AM

Farewell, godspeed, we love you.

http://thevieve.com/archives/000331.html#000331

Posted by: thevieve [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 6, 2006 10:48 AM

Well Greg... I just don't know what to say. Sad times. I hope you are in a better place, eating tastey enchiladas...

Posted by: Sedai [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 6, 2006 10:50 AM

I dont know what to say...

Goodbye Gregory...I'll miss our fancy shmancy dinners...watching Midori in sync...and just knowing that someone as kind, positive and generous in spirit is here.

I wish I had been able to see you again...and know that not making it out to your birthday will be one of the biggest regrets of my life :(

Rest in peace, Greg...you'll be immensely missed :(

<3


Posted by: dj-daeva [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 10:53 AM

I dont know what to say...

Goodbye Gregory...I'll miss our fancy shmancy dinners...watching Midori in sync...and just knowing that someone as kind, positive and generous in spirit is here.

I wish I had been able to see you again...and know that not making it out to your birthday will be one of the biggest regrets of my life :(

Rest in peace, Greg...you'll be immensely missed :(

<3


Posted by: dj-daeva [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 10:54 AM

I too am posting through tears.

All of my closest, dearest friends I met because of Greg. He was one of the first people I got to know back at CMU 16 years ago.

Greg, you will be missed, but never forgotten.

Posted by: meatnog [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 10:58 AM

We miss you, gregory.

Posted by: rfrancis [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 11:02 AM

Bruh, you have been a pleasure to know these past few years. Wherever you're at now, I know there is tons of anime there for you to get down with. Rest easy, bruh.

Posted by: 42minus71 [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 11:03 AM

We met here and we'll say goodbye here. I learned that gentleness is a strength from being around you. Your humor and kind nature will be missed. I will forever think of you as Peter Pan flying on to the next animated adventure. Be well, my friend of fifteen years. I will tell the stories to those that will listen.

Posted by: Jana [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 6, 2006 11:10 AM

I became friends with Greg at CMU, and he was extremely helpful above and beyond my expectations when I needed it. I'm glad we kept in frequent contact through the years since even if we hadn't seen each other in person in far too long, and I'm already missing him terribly.

Posted by: carneggy [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 11:24 AM

I miss you, Greg. But remembering our time together will always bring a smile to my lips.

*runs in circles*

Linda

Posted by: kittykat [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 6, 2006 11:45 AM

Goodbye, Greg. I can't believe that you're gone. :(

Posted by: agrimony [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 11:58 AM

I only met Greg a few times, and hadn't seen or talked to him in years. But he's one of those guys you don't forget; easy to be comfortable around, vulnerable yet solid, genuine, humble, above the fray.

Posted by: feralchimp [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 6, 2006 12:25 PM

Greg, thank you for always being kind to me. You'll never know how much a few nice words always meant to me. You will be missed and you will live on in the hearts and minds of your countless friends and loved ones. Farewell.

Posted by: tuliphead [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 12:26 PM

I met snooze on Too and have enjoyed knowing him all these years. I'm glad I got to speak with him before he went to the hospital. I will sorely miss him as will all of us there.

I hope you're in a far, far, better place, snooze.

Posted by: fenodoree [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 12:31 PM

Goodbye, snooze. You will be missed.

Posted by: geofizz [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 12:34 PM

Thank you Greg for enriching our lives. I don't think I've met a kinder, gentler spirit. You will be sorely missed.

Posted by: kinggabey [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 12:36 PM

Goodbye my friend. I will always remember those nights we spent on AIM watching freshly downloaded episodes of R.O.D in tandem and chatting about all the cool parts.

I'm sorry I never made it out to Hartford to hang out with you there. I just can't say enough here that would convey how I'm feeling...

-Amy

Posted by: plaidsheep [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 01:18 PM

I had spent time with Greg only a handful of times. I listened to him spin records on occasion, and I really enjoyed seeing him at the Analog Lounge. I had the good fortune to have dinner with him one night at his favorite Sushi place in Cambridge one cold winter night just prior to his moving back to CT (I recall he really liked Hotate-Gai Maki or scallops ALOT!). Greg was liked by all who met him. I don't know if I would we would have spent time together in the future, but I'm glad our paths crossed in our past, and sad that chance will not allow for that opportunity again.

Farewell Greg

Drew

Posted by: TakeTheCannolis [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 6, 2006 01:55 PM

I've known him online for so many years, even though I've drifted off into other places, but what I remember most vividly is from meeting him at a DragonMUD get-together in San Diego I can't remember how many years ago. Sunlit, playful, joyful.

Posted by: flit [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 02:08 PM

Gregory - You'll be very, very missed. I'm glad to have known you, even if we never did meet in person.

Posted by: .zannah. [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 6, 2006 02:08 PM

Oh, greg. You were my oldest online friend. I'm going to miss you so much. We hadn't spoken much in the last few years, just got too busy with our lives, I guess. But I always thought about you from time to time. I wish I could have said goodbye. Please watch over everyone and I will see you soon. Love, Honeysuckle

Posted by: sibermaus [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 6, 2006 02:16 PM

Greg, you were an amazing spirit in a body that wasn’t strong enough. If you choose to come back, I hope that you’ll get a body that’s just as powerful and beautiful as you were. Thank you for being a supportive older brother as I began to adventure into my crazy self. I’ll miss your peaceful presence, but will never forget it. Love always, -selma

Posted by: whyred [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 02:31 PM

Goodbye, gregory. You will be missed.

Posted by: cubes [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 02:43 PM

Goodbye, snooze. It was a privilege to have known you.

Posted by: lilituc [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 02:46 PM

Gregory, words can't express how happy I am to have known you. There are so many memories, too many to list here but I hold them close to my heart. You are in a better place now, looking down at us, spinning in the sky. I can hear the music now....

*~*patty*~*

Posted by: *~*moonshine*~* [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 6, 2006 02:53 PM

Dearest Greg. For more than 13 years you were always quick with a smile and a hug, and nothing but good thoughts and positive energy. Thank you for the times we spent together and nothing but good memories. I had always hoped we'd live closer again, go see movies and have dinner out and chat.. like we did when you were in Cambridge. Even though we won't, you'll always be in my heart. Miss you. Only love.

-- Cheryl

Posted by: thren [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 04:03 PM

I only met Greg in person once. I cannot count the times I met him online. I was shocked to hear today that he's gone. I'll miss him!

My heart goes out to his family and friends. My thoughts are with you all.

Posted by: nicoleallee [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 05:02 PM

As with many folks here, Greg was one of my first online friends. snooze and Sunshine used to hang out on Anderson's Bookstore (among other places) and just chill.

I'll miss you, Greg. You were one of the most gentle, intelligent, amazing men I have ever known and I was blessed to have had you in my life, if only virtually.

Posted by: Liberty [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 6, 2006 05:24 PM

I will always remember your driving music, pulsing as the waves crashed on the beach, as we watched the sun rise over the ocean. Just as the sun rises over the sea, it must also set.

Gregory, you will be missed.

Posted by: ethan [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 6, 2006 05:40 PM

Greg, what to say? Thank you for taking me to the prom senior year. Thank you for tracking me down and inviting me to come for a visit in San Diego. Thank you for Dragonmud and Memday parties and introducing me to my closest friends. Thank you for pizza and Farscape at your apartment in Cambridge. You've always been a sweet soul, Gregory Blake, and you will be missed.
Tamson

Posted by: Tamson [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 6, 2006 06:17 PM

Gregory... The first time we met was at Swell at the Phoenix Landing. You told me about Transcasts and gave me your card. The next time I saw you, you gave me a candy bracelet. I always thought it was great because you very well knew already what a cynical bitch I was and you made me one anyway. And you spelled my name right which no one ever does. I will miss you. I will miss your amazing outlook and especially your willingness to listen to a friend- no matter how whiny or cynical she could be. I love you snoozey.

Posted by: jessicasystem [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 06:31 PM

Greg,
We met under unusual circumstances.
I woke and thought of you and knew you were at peace.
I wished I had been at work early to say goodbye. Your spirit reached me regardless and you touched my life as your life here on earth came to an end.
You are so loved and you loved even more.
It was an honor to care for you.
Your family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers - you shine on in all things beautiful.

Posted by: sbell [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 06:48 PM

I don't even remember when I first met snooze. He was always just around. He always claimed that we met at Wesleyan when he came to visit some of the other whacky mudders there, and I almost seem to remember it, but maybe not. That was an awfully long time ago.

Greg's been that nice guy floating around online in my life forever. When I was young and angry and mean, greg was around, and he was a good guy. As I stumbled through my life screwing stuff up, getting more cynical, greg was around, and he was a good guy.

I miss you, snooze.

Safe passage, Gregory.

Posted by: littlebbob [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 07:21 PM

I loved reading, sharing in all the cool things he found, and hearing about the good progress with his health. I am so sad that his life has ended, far too soon for someone as good as he was.

I wish your family the strength to get through the pain of your loss.

Posted by: dwivian [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 07:40 PM

gregory was a central, cheerful, cherished member of our little online social group. i remember visiting him in boston and his kindness and hospitality, as well as the glee and delight he took in spinning at the beach all night with his friends. our world is less oontz-y place without him, and i join everyone else here in extending my sympathies to his family and friends. we miss you, greg.

Posted by: stoat [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 08:44 PM

On DinoMUSH everybody is mean if it's funny. And it's often funny. Despite that, though, Greg was always friendly, nice, and upbeat. He was never mean just to be funny. He was enthusiastic about what he was interested in without being overbearing. He helped me pick out good, fun, appropriate Gamecube games for my kids. I'll really miss him.

Posted by: tenzil [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 08:52 PM

Got the news this morning. I never met you Greg, but we "talked" here and other places online - you seemed a very cool chap, with always something interesting to say.

You will be missed.

Please convey my sympathies to his survivors.

Posted by: anotheranon [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 09:10 PM

I met Greg at HG in Burlington. I will miss you so much. I hope you are in a better place. I will always remember being pregnant with my son Cameron and Greg enduring all my crazy cravings at lunch for TacoBell with absolutely no complaints. I love you and will miss you.

Posted by: cindilouwho7 [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 6, 2006 09:47 PM

ahh greg :(


i remember meeting you when i was living in Boston at the Phoenix, all those years ago. you were one of the very first people that added me to your friends list way back when I started blogging, and I always stopped to read any post that you put up. I hadnt had time to follow my friends list over the last month or two, and had no idea that things had turned so much for the worst .. so it was with great sadness that I opened my email and saw a post from Chris that you had passed away.

Bye Greg - I wish I could attend your memorial, but as it is, I'll be thinking thoughts of you and your family and friends from down here in Oz.

rest well, buddy.

Posted by: facter [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 09:50 PM

dear greg,

you were always so kind to me - to everyone around you. you went out of your way to help people like it was the most normal thing in the world; you offered your friendship openly, freely, and with such a sincere smile. you always made time to come over and say "hi" when you saw me out - even at your own night. [so many times you drove pete and me back to brighton, though it wasn't on your way at all; i think those late-night on-the-road talks are some of my favorite memories from the 'lounge, truth be told.]

you came out for my birthday that year when you'd only known me a month; i was always so touched by that. i don't know that i ever mentioned that, and i'm sorry.

i'm sorry i wasn't better about keeping in touch. you were frequently in my thoughts; it always made me happy to hear that you were doing well, especially after you got the new lung.

i hope with all my heart that you're doing well now, wherever you are - that you're happy, and comfortable, and walking and running and sitting wherever and whenever it suits you; that you're taking in the sunlight, and that someone is coming to share sushi with you sometimes.

i hope you know how much you'll be missed - and that you're laughing a little at all of us for being so sad. we can't help it.

Posted by: loxocele [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 10:05 PM

I've never met you. I'm not sure how we ended up on each other's friends lists. We never met, but I think that if we had, we'd be very good friends.

I never know what to say, except that I know you're in a better place now, and I'll miss your cheerful posts, and you.

<3

Posted by: machinegirl [LiveJournal user info] at June 6, 2006 11:47 PM

Greg, I'm profoundly sorry you didn't make it. I was following your situation for years, praying you'd get the lung transplant and then praying that all would go well following it. I had no idea that the surgery you were going in for could have this outcome, but I guess you were just being brave when you talked to us about it. We never met in person and I never knew you as well as I'd have liked, but nonetheless, I will miss you very much.

Posted by: jayfurr [LiveJournal user info] at June 7, 2006 10:07 AM

You will be missed Greg. I have so many fond memories of you. I feel bad for not staying in better touch with you but you were always in my thoughts.

Posted by: hellocatgirl [LiveJournal user info] at June 7, 2006 02:05 PM

I was so sorry to hear of this. I didn't know Greg well but always liked him; I will miss him very much.

Posted by: lothie [LiveJournal user info] at June 8, 2006 09:34 PM

i knew greg as his character Ruu in world of warcraft. he was great fun to play with. i'm terribly sad to hear of his passing.

Posted by: eric [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 10, 2006 01:40 PM

I am embarassed and ashamed that I haven't been checking on Greg as much as I should. I haven't read his blog since April and I am so dismayed that he has passed away.

I met Greg through a MUD; DragonMud to be exact. We met a handful of times in person and spoke many times by telephone over the years. He was so smart, energetic, and full of life no matter how sick he felt. I am just so terriby sad to hear of his passing and I feel awful that I didn't keep in touch as I should have.

Greg, you were always a great friend and so supportive. I will miss you and know that you are in a much better place...that has an AWESOME internet connection. :-)

Posted by: Beth [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 26, 2006 01:01 PM

It's taken me a while to write this. Greg and I drifted in and out of touch every few months over the past sixteen years. We were friends in college, and he was one of the few I managed to keep in touch with over the expanse of years. I can't count the number of times I've come back to this blog, just wishing that we'd had just one last chance to talk.


He will be greatly missed...

Posted by: coreal [LiveJournal user info] at January 4, 2007 02:07 PM

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