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Greg P. Foy

2/11/2017


Greg P. Foy, age 65, of Pompton Lakes and formerly of Wayne, passed away peacefully on Saturday, February 11, 2017. He was receiving the love of his incredibly adoring family who were gathered around him in prayer at the time of his passing.

Greg was born and raised in the Totowa section of Paterson. After graduating from Passaic County Technical Institute in 1969, he spent the next four years of his life proudly serving in the U.S. Air Force. He spent all four years stationed at Dyess Air Force Base and although he volunteered to serve in Vietnam, he was never given the chance.

Greg met his bride to someday be – Jacqueline Merritt when he was sixteen years old. He’d pass by her house almost every day and, being as sociable as he was, he would often stop to talk to her if she was sitting on her front porch when he walked by. Greg would hang out until Jackie’s father said it was time to go. Eventually they went out together. It was just a simple get-together at the Colonial Grill on Chamberlain Ave. but it would be the first of many dates. They both finished High School the same year and although they were separated by Greg’s joining the Air Force, they burned through many pens as they continued to correspond regularly by written letter. After the first two years of his service, Greg came home for a short leave and they married on Saturday, November 27, 1971 at the Union Ave. Baptist Church in Paterson. There was no time for a honeymoon as Greg had to immediately report back to the base in Texas, but his new bride joined him and the newlyweds began the first of 45 years in a blessed and wonderful marriage together while Greg completed his last two years of service in the Air Force. Upon his return to civilian life, they moved back to Paterson, NJ where they welcomed their first of two babies – a little girl which they named Kimberly. They moved to Vernon and lived there for five years then they moved to Wayne. There they welcomed another precious daughter and named her Jennifer.

As a partner in Halls Pressing Company in Wayne – a supplier of dry cleaning presses, Greg worked all facets of the business from sales to installation to service. After thirty years on the job, he retired but, never able to be still, and being a black seal boiler license holder, he took a job as a custodian and boiler maintenance man for the Wayne Board of Education. His work was always in the George Washington Middle School and he was loved by all – students and faculty alike. You could say that Greg retired twice from the Wayne Board of Ed., but the first time he only told his family, and to celebrate, he took them all, including his two sons-in-law and grandchildren, to Disney World in Florida. After that trip, he changed his mind and worked a little more until officially retiring in 2014 after nine years on the job.

Greg and Jackie spent thirty years living in Wayne but, being such a tight-knit family, they eventually followed their two daughters and their families to Pompton Lakes where they’ve lived for the past five years.

Following that official retirement Greg did a little work on the side for the Pompton Lakes Board of Education but his real new job – one that he would probably say was his best – was spending time with his three granddaughters and one grandson. Those kids couldn’t have been blessed with a better “Grampy.” He always brought them to school and when he picked them up at the end of the day, they loved to “con” him into taking them to Dunkin Donuts. Other times when asked, he’d take them to Party Fair. They knew Grampy didn’t especially love that store but the fact that he happily took them anyway just made them love and respect him even more.

Greg loved to get outside and work in his yard. He took care of it meticulously – so meticulously that he was even known to get out there with a pair of scissors to trim his grass and bushes to perfection. He also loved to go to Mount Airy Lodge. It’s not that he was a big gambler at all! He just loved the whole experience and doing something that came natural to him – making friends with strangers. His girls will always remember growing up and spending summers down the shore at LBI and, more recently, going altogether with his children and grandchildren to Cape May as well as countless trips over the years to Disney World.

Three months ago, Greg and Jackie celebrated 45 years of marriage by spontaneously taking the whole family to that family favorite destination - Disney World. The family’s last big event with Greg was this past December 3, 2016. He surprised the whole family with a trip to New York City to see the Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall followed by a nice family dinner at the Bryant Park Grill. Four days later he received the official diagnosis of Leukemia. He was doing great but life’s events don’t always work out exactly the way we wish. His family, who loved Greg so incredibly much, now rely on their faith and your prayers as they struggle through the difficult days ahead.

Greg was a selfless man who would do anything for anyone. He had a big personality and a great sense of humor. He possessed the “gift of gab” and was friendly to anyone and everyone he would meet. You could not find someone with a bigger heart. He was the best husband, father, and grampy anyone could ask for who will forever live on with his loved ones in their hearts.

Surviving are Greg’s beloved wife of 45 years, Jacqueline (nee Merritt): two dear daughters: Kimberly and husband Brian Sek of Pompton Lakes and Jennifer and husband Raymond Bosma also of Pompton Lakes; four cherished grandchildren: Kaeley and Brenna Sek, and Connor, and Kendall Bosma; six loving sisters and one loving brother: Mary Ann Smith, Diane Geary, Marjorie Lee, Bonnie Porcelli, Debra McManon, Terry Verblaauw, and Paul Foy; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was predeceased by his loving parents: William Foy in 1972, Lena Foy in 2006, and his dear loving brother William Foy in 1967.

Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 4-8 PM at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Laurel Grove Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy in Greg’s name are asked to consider The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 14 Commerce Drive, Suite 301, Cranford, NJ 07016 (www.lls.org/new-jersey), or Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial Processing, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959 (www.stjude.org).

Guest Book

2/12/2017

So sorry for your loss. We are heartbroken for your family. I have wonderful memories of your dad. He will live on through all of you. Xoxo. Love the Ventre and Mazzotta family

Stacey Ventre

2/12/2017

Words cannot express the sadness I feel for the passing of Greg. He was a good neighbor so full of live. I remember all the good times we had in the neighborhood with our holiday parties,snow parties, and just getting together. He will be deeply missed. My sympathies to all of you

Sharon kuba

2/13/2017

There are no words for the loss and emptiness I feel in losing a very dear brother. He will always be in my heart, thoughts and memories. He is now at peace and with all his family members young and old who have gone before him. I m sure he once again surrounded by love , peace and family. To Jackie, Kim and Jen, I know you all made so many memories together and I hope you find laughter , peace and happiness as you share those memories. I am only a phone call away if you need anything. God bless you Love Debbie

Debbie

2/13/2017

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Greg. Greg was always smiling and he was genuinely one of the warmest people I have ever met. GWMS was truly sad when he retired and now with his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Sincerely, Maria Carpenter

Maria Carpenter

2/13/2017

Greg was so wonderful here at GW, and it was even better that I was able to continue seeing him with the grandkids in Pompton Lakes. He will be missed!!

Pat Alloy

2/13/2017

Greg was my after school buddy at GWMS. When he arrive for work a few minutes early, which was often, there was always a comfortable chair for him to sit on in the guidance office. We talked about many things but mostly his grandchildren. There was never a prouder grandpa! He knew he was a pushover where they were concerned and spoke about them with so much love and delight. I missed him when he retired and thought of him often. I am so very sorry to hear of his passing. With deepest of sympathy,

Ellie Coless

2/13/2017

What a wonderful tribute of your husband, Dad, and super-grandpa! I'm so heartbroken for your family and friends. I just loved seeing your Dad at the grandkid's events, school pick-up and Dunkin Donuts too! :) He will be greatly missed by all. We know how very special he was and is, as his spirit is more than present in the eyes and smiles of his gorgeous grandchildren. Sending you all prayers and the wish that the happy memories will heal some of your immense grief. Our deepest condolences, Kelly, Gabe, Isabelle, and Tyler Vazquez.

Kelly Vazquez and family

2/13/2017

I was lucky to see Greg every day at GW. He always had time to chat and give you a big smile. He had tons of pride in his work and was meticulous. That is very rare nowadays! I missed him when he retired but am saddened to hear now that he has passed. I wish he could have had more time with his family. He deserved that. It's true I guess- only the good die young! May you Rest In Peace Greg.

Chrissy De Pasquale

2/14/2017

My Condolences to your family !! Greg before he retired for the 100th time lol was always @ the Wayne Hills Diner before he'd pick up the grandkids from school. He was a funny,caring and loving man. Definitely an honor to have known him .. RIP my friend

Jeanne Morales

2/14/2017

Sorry to hear of your passing. I will always remember the times you came to the Wayne hills diner and make us laugh. I also remember running into you and meeting your lovely wife.my condolences to the family at this very sad time.may god hold you in his loving arms RIP.

Kimberley

2/14/2017

May the road rise to meet you, and the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warmly on your face, And rains fall soft upon your fields, And until we meet again, May God hold you in the hollow of His hand. (an old Irish blessing) Rest in peace my friend!

Shelly O'Hara Sorce

2/14/2017

So sorry to hear of Greg's passing. May he RIP !west

CraigMcPhee

2/14/2017

Our heartfelt condolences Jackie to you and your beautiful family. Jeff and I were shocked and saddened to learn of Greg's sudden passing. He was a lovely man. May he rest in peace.

Jill Infield

2/14/2017

Kim(MissFoy/Mrs.Sek) So sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family. Janet, Jim, and James Benfatti

Janet Benfatti

2/15/2017

So sorry for your loss,He was a great guy and will be missed

Ken Whritenour

2/18/2017

We fondly remember Greg's cheerful, kind, easygoing manner. He endeared himself to my family, especially my sons, who looked forward to seeing him during his time at GW Middle School. Every time we spoke with Greg, it truly brightened our day. We are so sorry for your loss. Bruce, Pam, Jordan, Matt, Hayley & Amanda

The Sussman Family

7/17/2017

To the Foy family Sorry for your loss. Greg was a great guy. We were childhood friends who grew up in Paterson. We graduated Passaic County Tech.in 1969. The good old days.

Santo


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