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Greg Major cast his shorelines and set sail for the heavenly seas on January 21, 2024. He was born to Sally-Ann (Perrin) Major and Lawrence R Major Sr in Lewiston, Maine on June 16, 1964. At the age of 6, Greg’s family made the move to Pelham, NH.
Greg attended the Pelham school system from first through eighth grades. He was a youth athlete, playing baseball, football, floor hockey, and basketball. His family loved winter activities of skiing, sledding and pond hockey. Greg graduated from Alvirne High School in the neighboring town of Hudson, NH in 1982. Consistent with his life long love of animals, Greg was an active member of the Future Farmers of America while at Alvirne HS.
Following high school, Greg joined the United States Navy Construction Battalion (the “Sea Bees”) as a heavy equipment mechanic. Greg served aboard the USS Spartanburg County (LST-1192), a Newport class tank landing ship stationed at the Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, VA. LST-1192 toured the Mediterranean from January to August, 1985 following a time of anti-American protest resulting in the bombing of the US Embassy in Beruit in 1983. Greg was Honorably Discharged Petty Officer Third Class from the US Navy in 1986.
While in the Navy, on December 12, 1985, Greg was involved in a tragic motorcycle accident in Norfolk, VA. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and spent months in coma at Norfolk General Hospital. Flown home by military air ambulance, Greg began his recovery at Northeast Rehab in Salem, NH. Greg suffered from the injuries of his accident for the remaining 39 years of his life. Greg was a brave and courageous man to the very end. His life was full of challenges, and he stared each one in the eye and took them on with grace and incredible strength.
Throughout those 39 years, Greg brought humor, laughs, and outright mischief to each and every day. He enjoyed music and playing precussion instruments. He participated in sit-skiing and surfing with his Wounded Warrior collegues. His favorite activity was bringing a smile and laugh to anyone he met. He loved people and was extremely social. When asked how he wanted to be remembered, Greg said “for my sense of humor”. He definitely nailed that!
Greg had many friends and whenever he was hospitalized, the staffs were amazed at the number of visitors that showed up for Greg. But they very quickly came to understand why that was. You just couldn’t help but love him and his wit. You came to admire him and his positive energy in the face of the challenges of his life. Many of us had special nicknames for Greg but his grandmother’s was “Precious” and he truly was!
Greg’s passing was the result of influenza that escalated to pneumonia. In a final act of generosity, Greg donated his brain to the Harvard Brain Tissue Research Center. His other organs were unavailable for donation, although it was his plan to do so for others.
Greg is survived by his parents Larry and Sally-Ann Major, Sr of Pelham, NH, his brother Larry Jr and partner Julie Stone of Loudon, NH, his sister Nicole Major of Pelham, NH, his sister Pheap (Poy) Kielpinski and brother in law Joe Kielpinski of Revere, MA. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and countless friends.
Our family wishes to thank the Krempels Center, Northeast Passage, Community Crossroads, Cashian Senior Center, and Spaulding Rehabilitation for being consistent resources for Greg. Our family is also thankful for the many care givers that have been part of our lives over the years. Keeping Greg fed, entertained, and out of trouble required the talents and blessings of many individuals. We are forever grateful for their compassion and care. We are most recently appreciative of the staff at Community Hospice House. Their care and compassion for Greg during his final days with us was kind, generous, and professional beyond words.
A Memorial Visitation for Greg will be held at the PELHAM FUNERAL HOME 11 NASHUA RD. in PELHAM on Saturday February 3, 2024, from 9:30 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. followed by a Memorial Service at 11 o’clock. Graveside military honors will follow at the Gibson Cemetery in Pelham. E-condolences/directions at www.pelhamfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, Greg’s family invites you to direct any donations you may consider making in his honor to Home Health & Hospice in Merrimack, NH or Community Crossroads in Atkinson, NH. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (603) 635-3333.
8 Commerce Dr., Atkinson NH 03811
Community Hospice House c/o Home Health & Hospice Care
7 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack NH 03054