Monday, June 17, 2013

Last Pint Poured

It was with great shock and sadness that I learned of our friend Greg's passing this weekend. Musings readers know of Greg due to his recent win in the preliminary round of the National Homebrew Competition. I chatted with Greg a couple weeks ago when I dropped off the growler of Lost Rhino New River Pale Ale. Greg was an avid home brewer, who was inspired to get into the craft after enjoying the original release of that beer. He was surprised and excited to have the chance to try it once again. Over the years, Greg became an unabashed hop head, but still appreciated his "roots."

Greg always wore a smile and was a genuinely kind human being. His love for his family and his faith was obvious to all. He was an active volunteer at our parish school and with the community swim team. He was an Army veteran who never lost his drive to serve others. Last weekend, Greg was doing what he loved most, spending time with his son. They were camping, along with another father and son, when he apparently succumbed to a massive heart attack.

Greg leaves behind his son, who just graduated from 8th grade last week, and a loving wife. Words cannot express the sorrow felt at this unexpected loss. Our prayers and condolences go out to his family. I hope all the readers of this blog who are so inclined, will also pray for Greg's eternal peace, and especially for his wife and son as they face this difficult time.

Greg named his home brewery "Hunting Run" after a local waterway, and his many friends were privileged to enjoy the quality beers he brewed and shared. I still have a bottle of a Munich Helles that he sent over just a few weeks ago. Soon I'll open that bottle and raise a special toast to the memory of this fine man. Rest in peace friend.

2 comments:

  1. Sorry to read of your loss, and Greg's family's loss.

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  2. David, I am saddened to hear of the loss of your good friend. I too lost a trusted friend this year, and I offer my sympathies. I shall offer a toast tonight for absent friends.

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