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Nancy “Nan” Gregory

Nancy “Nan” Gregory (née Nielsen), 93, a Rocky River and Vermilion resident, died peacefully on September 29, 2022, with her family by her side.

Nan was married to her best friend and the love of her life, George E. Gregory, Jr., for 61 years, prior to his passing in 2012. Nan is survived by her children, Steve Gregory, Laura Gregory Coggins (Glenn), and Judy Gregory White; her daughter-in-law Pam Moes Gregory; her six grandchildren, Charlotte Caroland (Brian), Gregory Coggins, Michael White Jr., Lindsay White, Colin White, and Molly Gregory; and two great-granddaughters, Margaret Caroland and Rowan White. She was preceded in death by her husband, George E. Gregory, Jr.; son, George E. Gregory, III; and sister, Molly Nielsen Golden.

Nan was born in Elyria, Ohio, and she graduated from Elyria High School and Allegheny College. She was a member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Throughout her life, Nan was an avid sailor and shared her love of the sport by starting the Vermilion Boat Club Jr. Sailing Program in college, founding the Off-Shore Sailing and Boat Brokerage, and participating as a lifetime member of the Cleveland Yachting Club. Nan was a Trustee of Lake Ridge Academy and a past President of the Fairview Park Hospital Auxiliary Board as well as the Erie Nature Center Women’s Board. Nan was a founding member of Main Street Vermilion and actively fundraised for the betterment of her community. Nan and George spent their retirement in the Bahamas where they sailed through the islands for 25 years. Along with George, Nan “founded” Camp Never Stop, which allowed them to share their nonstop energy and passion for life with others.

Nan, or “Nano” as she was nicknamed by her grandchildren, was loved by all who knew her and will be dearly missed by her family and countless friends.

A celebration of life service will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Lakewood, Ohio on October 7, 2022, at 11:00 a.m.

The family welcomes those who wish to express sympathy to consider a donation to: Main Street Vermilion (685 Main Street, Vermilion, Ohio 44089; or Canine Companions (c/o Nan Gregory’s Memorial DogFest, 7480 New Albany-Condit Road, New Albany, Ohio 43054; <

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