OBITUARY

Louis Gregor Sr.

May 30, 1932June 21, 2021
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Louis Gregor Sr. of Largo passed away peacefully on Monday, June 21, 2021. He was 89 years old. Louis was born in Sopron, Hungary to the late Lajos and Margit Gregorencsics. In 1956 Louis emigrated to the United States with his family and settled in Queens New York. Along with his family he owned and operated Turul Bookbindery in Queens and then Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey until 1985 when he opened Gregor’s Marine in Largo, Florida where he and his family relocated to. Louis served in the Hungarian Army and transported medical aid to the front during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. Louis was no stranger to serving the community, he was a Free Mason and a Shriner, but truly found his calling as a longtime member of Rotary International, having first joined the Jefferson Township Rotary in 1975, serving as President , and Governors Representative. Upon relocating to Florida, Louis' involvement with Rotary did not stop as he was one of founders of the Indian Rocks Beach Rotary Club. Louis was a loyal parishioner of St. Jerome Church in Largo. Louis was a Ham Radio operator and avid bowler for decades prior to focusing on developing his marina business. Always outgoing, charming and funny, if you knew him, you loved him.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Maria, two children Louis Jr. and his wife, daughter Maria and her husband. In addition, grandchildren Brianne and Blair and her husband and Louis’s great grandchild, Reece.

Services for Louis will be a Holy Mass to be held on July 9th at St. Jerome Church in Largo at 10:30am followed by a Memorial Service and gathering at the Serenity Funeral Home . In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to The Rotary Foundation, my.rotary.org . - Annual Fund.

  • FAMILY

  • Predeceased by: Parents; Lajos and Margit Gregorencsics


    Survived by: his wife of 65 years, Maria
    Two children; Louis Jr. and his wife, daughter; Maria and her husband
    Grandchildren; Brianne and Blair and her husband
    Great grandchild; Reece

Services

  • Funeral Mass

    Friday, July 9, 2021

  • Reception

    Friday, July 9, 2021

Memories

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Paul Burns

July 6, 2021

It is hard to believe that his big, generous heart is no longer beating. Louis was the most giving person I ever had the pleasure to meet. He was always looking to help others whether it was on a personal level or global scale.
His love of his family, especially Maria, was evident from the sparkle in his eyes every time he spoke of one of them. He would also impart his grandfatherly wisdom and love on the children of his friends; making every Rotarian’s child a part of his family.
He will be dearly missed but his legacy will live on through his family, friends and those throughout the world that his generosity has touched.
I will miss you my friend.

harvey goodman

July 3, 2021

I will always remember Lou for his absolute fondness of the Jewish people. He would tell me many stories about this issue in his native Hungary.
He had a warmth about him that is truly hard to replicate. I will miss the talks I had with him but I am sure he is regains his stories in heaven! RIP my friend

Steve and Sharon Dante

July 3, 2021

Lou and I were often the first to arrive at the Rotary meeting, and so I had an opportunity to find out how much he appreciated the freedom that he and Maria experienced by immigrating to the United States. His thoughtfulness and generosity are appreciated and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.

David Kline

June 30, 2021

So sad to hear of Lou's passing.

I first met Lou when I joined the Rotary Club of Indian Rocks Beach in 1999. He was a soft spoken man who was very passionate about the mission of Rotary and he backed his passion with substantial support. He certainly helped me become the Rotarian that I am today.

As a new member of the club, I wanted to learn more about its members. Lou and I had a chance to discuss his beloved Hungarian homeland and he shared many of the good times he had there. He was very forthcoming about the challenging times he and his family had when they had to leave Hungary and settle in a strange land. But he never waivered in his love for his new country and its citizens. He always reminded me that America is the greatest country, ever.

The only problem I had with Lou was that he had a better head of hair at 89 than I had at any point in my life....but I could never hold that against him...after all, that's Lou!

I am blessed to have had a great friendship with a truly nice man. Our loss is heavens gain... He will be missed by all of those who knew him. Rest in peace, my friend!

Noelle Daniel

June 30, 2021

Lou was an inspiration to everyone who knew him. A wonderful person, family man, successful businessman and Rotarian. I will miss you but will fondly remember all the good times we shared. Rest in Peace.
- Noelle Daniel

Annie Holtby

June 28, 2021

A fond farewell. Lou was first to greet me when I started coming to IRB Rotary meetings as a Canadian Snowbird in 2009. He was a true 'gentle' man with laughing eyes, a caring presence and deep pockets for The Rotary Foundation, his passion. He tried to pass on that passion over the years I knew him and made it a habit for everyone - Happy Dollars for the Club and Happy Dollars for Lou's pocket (read The Rotary Foundation!) - clever, far-seeing, dedicated Lou. Always a hug, always a welcome. Loved both sides of the US-Canada borders.
Remembered always with love and affection. A fond farewell.

Cheryl Schulz

June 27, 2021

Paul Burns, left, secretary of the Rotary Club of Indian Rocks Beach, presents a plaque to Louis Gregor at his 80th birthday party to commemorate his 37 years as a member of the club.

Cheryl Schulz

June 27, 2021

Lou we are very sad that you are gone. You will be missed. You were always so loving of our kids. And offered love and compassion to our family. You showed such enthusiasm for everything that you did. Offered advice from the heart. Related to those who immigrated to this country. Never passed judgement on anyone. Had passion for and were a founding member of our Rotary Club of Indian Rocks Beach. Loved your stories of your life, Rotary and your grandchildren. You will be missed.
We Love You Lou
Cheryl Schulz

EARL WERTHEIM

June 27, 2021

My sincere condolences. May he RIP.

Earl Wertheim

Richard Walker

June 27, 2021

Love you so much and will miss you always my friend, thanks for all you wise council and support in our Rotary journey..

FROM THE FAMILY
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One of the happiest days seeing my parents at my wedding.

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My loving father with one of his granddaughters and great grand son.

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My dad and me in one of his favorite places working on my property

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He loved working on his tractor on my property

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Visiting grandkids

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Dad and Brianne when she was born

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Our father, daughter wedding dance.

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On the way to the church

Biography

Louis Gregor Sr. of Largo passed away peacefully on Monday, June 21, 2021. He was 89 years old. Louis was born in Sopron, Hungary to the late Lajos and Margit Gregorencsics. In 1956 Louis emigrated to the United States with his family and settled in Queens New York. Along with his family he owned and operated Turul Bookbindery in Queens and then Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey until 1985 when he opened Gregor’s Marine in Largo, Florida where he and his family relocated to. Louis served in the Hungarian Army and transported medical aid to the front during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. Louis was no stranger to serving the community, he was a Free Mason and a Shriner, but truly found his calling as a longtime member of Rotary International, having first joined the Jefferson Township Rotary in 1975, serving as President , and Governors Representative. Upon relocating to Florida, Louis' involvement with Rotary did not stop as he was one of founders of the Indian Rocks Beach Rotary Club. Louis was a loyal parishioner of St. Jerome Church in Largo. Louis was a Ham Radio operator and avid bowler for decades prior to focusing on developing his marina business. Always outgoing, charming and funny, if you knew him, you loved him.


He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Maria, two children Louis Jr. and his wife, daughter Maria and her husband. In addition, grandchildren Brianne and Blair and her husband and Louis’s great grandchild, Reece.


Services for Louis will be a Holy Mass to be held on July 9th at St. Jerome Church in Largo at 10:30am followed by a Memorial Service and gathering at the Serenity Funeral Home . In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to The Rotary Foundation, my.rotary.org . - Annual Fund.