, Newburyport, MA

June 10, 2013

Gregory J. Fleming, 55

Byfield, MA — Gregory R. Fleming, 55, of Byfield, Mass., formerly of Hamilton, Mass., died Wednesday evening in his home surrounded by his family. Gregory was born in Beverly, Mass. on October 8, 1957, and was the son of Jack and Nadja (Zuk) Fleming.

Gregory was born with special needs, and his parents went to great lengths to care for him at home and be sure that he had a special life. Following Jack’s death in 1962, and Nadja’s in 1994, Gregory’s family continued with their wishes caring for Gregory at home and ensuring his happiness and well-being. Gregory was a special person and everyone who knew him received from him the wonderful gift of unconditional love.

Gregory loved his family, his camp in Maine, going to the movies, listening to the Monkees, his wooden yoyo, and Junior Mints. Gregory’s smile and laughter brightened everyone’s day. With few words, he touched the lives of many. To those closest to him, Gregory was a constant reminder of the most important aspects of life – family, friends, love, and laughter. He will be sadly missed.

Gregory is survived by his brother, Bryan Fleming and his wife, Michelle (Fortin) Fleming, of Byfield, his brother, Thomas Fleming and his wife, Deborah Masse, of Durham, N.H.; nieces, Briana Kershaw and her husband, Chris Kershaw, of Groveland, Colleen Fleming of Marblehead, Lexi and Taylor Penniman of Byfield; great nieces Sara and Lizzie Kershaw; and great nephew, Kevin Kershaw.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the Byfield Fire Department, Merrimack Valley Hospice, Dr. Christopher Harris, and the staff at Anna Jaques Hospital, and Dr. Thalia Margalit-Krakower of Massachusetts General Hospital for their support and compassionate care during Gregory’s last years.

ARRANGEMENTS: Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, June 12, from 4 to 6 p.m., at E.V. Jutras and Sons Funeral Home, 118 Friend Street, Amesbury, Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Gregory’s memory to Massachusetts General Hospital, “MGH Down Syndrome Program,” (please note the program in the memo portion of the check, or include a small note), Massachusetts General Hospital, c/o Development Office, MGH Down Syndrome Program, 165 Cambridge St., Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114.