November 30, 2011
Former long-time Aspen resident John Gregor, 60, passed away Nov. 15, 2011 at the University of Colorado Hospital in Denver. The cause of death was pneumonia.
John was born in Chicago, Ill. and raised in Clinton, Ill. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jerome and Ruth Gregor of Denver, and survived by two sisters, Susan Gregor of Denver and Janet R. Gregor of Alexandria, Va. He is also survived by two brothers, Douglas Gregor of Elveneth, Minn. and Paul Gregor of Chicago.
John attended Millikin University before moving to Colorado in 1971. He later worked as a manager and bartender at O’Leary’s Pub in Aspen and spent summers working as a river rafting tour guide. He will be remembered by many as a good-hearted soul who thrived on the camaraderie of the many friends he made while both working and living in Aspen.
In recent years, complications from diabetes caused John to lose first one leg and then the other.These disabilities forced John into a reluctant confinement away from Aspen and in his final years, he became a repository of frequently remembered “Aspen half-truths and folk lore,” recalled his devoted care-provider/sister, Susan.
Donations can be made in John’s name to the Pitkin County Library at Friends of the
Library; 120 N. Mill St. ; Aspen, CO 81611 (Note: Though John did not personally spend much time in the place, he was always supportive of the public library idea in principal and encourages you to dig deep and do the same.)