Gregory Szok

Gregory Szok

Friday, July 3rd, 1964 Tuesday, January 28th, 2020

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Obituary for Gregory Szok

Gregory John Szok, 55, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family, of lung cancer on January 28, 2020 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center (SNHMC).

Greg was born on July 3, 1964 in Syracuse, New York. He moved to New Hampshire with his family in 1969, attending local schools in Brookline and Hollis where he made many lifelong friends. Greg graduated from Hollis Area High School in 1982 and attended the University of New Hampshire, where he majored in Forestry. Growing up in Brookline, Greg loved spending time outdoors and enjoyed cross- country skiing, hiking, camping, canoeing, skating, and swimming. Greg was passionate about iceboating, and in winter months was generally prepared to discuss the ice conditions on Winnipesaukee with minimal prompting. A highly skilled builder and woodworker, Greg got a kick out of telling how his carpentry training began at age nine “when my Mom taught me how to use the Skilsaw.” An avid reader of classics from the Iliad to Hemingway, Greg especially loved science fiction but also enjoyed reading books on diverse topics, such as philosophy and natural history, about which he could converse proficiently at length.

Greg is survived by his mother, Beverly Payeff-Masey; his father and stepmother, George and Debbie Szok and their daughters Katie Hardy and Emily Carlson; his daughter, Zoe Szok; his son and daughter-in-law, Duncan and Rylee Szok; his grandson, Jackson Szok (“Young Hickory”); his sister and brother-in-law, Samantha and Joshua Fernatt; his niece, Lili Fernatt; his aunt and uncle, Barbara and John Duncan; his cousins, Alison Duncan Downey, Chandler Duncan, and Colin Duncan; his dear friend, Wendy Lepine; his children’s mother, Anna Rorabacher Szok; and by all those who knew and loved this independent, adventurous, strong, stubborn, and generous man. Greg’s family would like to express our gratitude to the ICU staff at SNHMC for their compassionate care of Greg and their kindness to us as we gathered to see him through the final leg of his journey on this earth. Greg’s gentle soul has been reunited at last with his late sister, Susanna Szok; infant brother, Gordon Szok; paternal grandparents, Wojciech and Natalia Szok; maternal grandparents, John and Evelyn Duncan; and his sweet dog, Bear.

A celebration of Greg’s life is planned for July 2020. In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Greg’s memory by making a charitable donation to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), the Nature Conservancy, or the American Cancer

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John and Nadiya sent flowers to the family of Gregory Szok.
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Helen & Pete Ballou

Beautiful boy in the bee suit
you've gone away gone
Invincible hammer
sliding down ladders,
vaudevillian dancer
book sure
ice flyer
loyal friend, philosopher,
truth seeker,
mind blower,
humble trickster,
secret smile,
steadfast heart,
provider, heartwood,
whitewater artist,
cool cat
nimble cat,
look for you,
always there,
thank you for your gifts of
your friendship,
your laughter,
love to you,
see you on the flipside
Comment | Posted at 07:20pm via Condolence

Cathy Carrier

I was devastated to hear of your passing greg. I will remember everything you taught me about carpentry. I will remember building state line with you the humidor at the smoke shop. Up at andreas while you were working on your ice boat. So many great memories of your, your kind heart in explaining things. You're laugh, you're smile. Will forever miss you my friend rest in peace, till we meet again.
Comment | Posted at 06:48pm via Condolence

John and Nadiya

Our warm condolences with love and best of memories.
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Erin Foley

So incredibly sad to hear this devastating news..Greg was an incredible person and our family had the great pleasure of sharing in his presence for many years as neighbors in Brookline. Our thoughts are with his amazing family and friends at this time. May he Rest In Peace; he’s with good company as my father Michael Foley passed away in January 21st. Coincidentally of Lung Cancer. Much love to his children and family
Comment | Posted at 10:38pm via Condolence

Karen Vigneux Ackerman

My son and I visited Greg in June of last year. My prayers and thoughts are with his family 💔 Ms. Beverly and Mr. Szok my heart breaks for your loss. I cannot imagine how hard it is to lose a child. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
Comment | Posted at 07:53pm via Condolence

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