Gregory Leon Cherry, 66, of Paso Robles passed away suddenly on Jan. 26 at home. He was born October 1946 in Bakersfield and was the only child of Roland and Betty Cherry. Greg grew up in Lamont, Calif. and attended Arvin HS and South Bakersfield High School, graduating in 1964. He then served in the Navy, spending three years in Vietnam and three years in the reserves. During his service, Greg was a helicopter mechanic and gunner, earning the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, a Bronze Star and the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon. He was a longtime resident of the Central Coast, living in Los Osos for 14 years and Paso Robles for more than 25 years. Greg worked as a welder for PG&E for 30 years.
After retiring from the Morro Bay Power Plant, Greg owned Cherry’s Portable Welding then worked for American Industrial Supply/AMI doing parts delivery. He was an excellent drummer and loved to sing. He enjoyed many things: team roping, golfing, classic cars, fast Corvettes and his beloved St. Louis Rams. Greg volunteered for several of Butch’s activities. Supporting and cheering-on the Shandon Outlaws and Paso Robles Youth football teams were a favorite pastime.
Gregory is survived by his wife of 20 years, Susan, and their son Nicholas “Butch” Cherry, 18; his oldest son, Greg Cherry, 43; step-son, Patrick Reilly, 25; step-father, Maurice Carlson of Los Osos; cousins: John Coletti of Bakersfield, Anne Fowler of Frazier Park, Christine Paul and Mike Hampton of San Jose; and aunt, Nora Lee Judalet of Kountze, Texas.
Greg was predeceased by his dog and best friend of nine years, Shorty; father Roland Cherry; mother Betty Hampton Carlson; grandfather Pete “Dadd’n” Hampton, and grandmother Mary “Nanny” Hampton.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Hampton Inn & Suites, 212 Alexa Court, Paso Robles (Hwy 101 & Hwy 46 West). Please bring your favorite story to share.
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