Obituary : Gregory P. Knapp
Long-time seasonal resident Gregory P. Knapp of Edgartown and Osprey, Fla., died Friday evening, July 24, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. He was 66 years old.
Born December 3, 1942 in Teaneck, N.J., to parents Edward and Katherine, Greg attended Saint Cecilia's High School in Englewood, N.J. where he excelled as a running back, earning the nickname "Horse" for his incredible speed and power.
Greg attended Wagner College on Staten Island, N.Y., to which he devoted his ardent support both as a student and later in life as a Trustee. He was a member of the Delta Nu fraternity. Greg graduated from Wagner in 1966 with a bachelor's degree in economics and business administration.
Following graduation, Greg accepted a commission in the United States Marine Corps, serving from 1966 to 1969 as a captain and company commander in Vietnam. Greg was an avid supporter of the Marine Corps and the Armed Services throughout his life.
Retired as an investment banker, Greg spent much of his career working in municipal bonds. Starting at A.G. Becker & Co., he served as vice president at Chicago Corp. and W.H. Morton & Co. before becoming a managing director at Dillon, Read & Co, Inc.
To all who knew him, he will be missed and remembered for his leadership, generosity, achievement, patriotism, and deep friendship. Said a life-long friend, "We are privileged to have known him, laughed with him and loved him. He was our friend, and he was yours - and we are the better for it."
Greg Knapp is survived by his wife Patricia; their three children, Terrence, Gregory Jr., and Meeghan Athearn; two grandchildren, Clara and Zebadiah Athearn, and a sister, Eileen Pagan.
Visiting hours will be Thursday evening, July 30, from 6 to 8 pm at the Chapman Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, located at 56 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road in Oak Bluffs.
A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, July 31, at 11 am in St. Elizabeth's Roman Catholic Church, located at 86 Main Street in Edgartown. Burial will follow in the New Westside Cemetery in Edgartown with military honors provided by the Martha's Vineyard Veterans.
There will be a memorial service and a celebration of Mr. Knapp's life at a later date for those living in the Sarasota area.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to: Martha's Vineyard Hospital Building Fund, P.O. Box 1477 Oak Bluffs, MA 02557; or the Office of Institutional Development Wagner College, 1 Campus Rd. Staten Island, NY 10301.
Please visit ccgfuneralhome.com for online guest book and information.