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Gregory D Sacatos

March 13, 1948February 18, 2017
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Gregory Dean Sacatos, 68, died February 18, 2017 with his loving family at his side. Despite seven long years of increasing disability and pain from Parkinson’s, he retained his dignity and strength. Long after he was supposed to be in a wheelchair or bedridden, Greg careened about the house with only one hand on his walker falling over and over again, but always getting up to propel himself back into movement and life. Greg was born in New York City and graduated from the High School of Music and Art, and Cooper Union. He was known in college as the “Greek God” – incredibly handsome and athletic, and the best artist of his class. He ran his own fine art architectural firm for many years in NYC. After a serious automobile accident, Greg returned to school to obtain two masters degrees and started teaching photography at Westhill High School, where he conveyed his passion for beauty and creativity to many students. In recent years, Greg produced a large body of photographs of Connecticut landscapes, buildings, and flowers revealed as if engaged in intense conversations. During an eventful life, he boxed, sculled, and raced motorcycles. He was demanding and macho, but also tender-hearted and gentle – a loving and beneficent soul. He is survived by his daughter, Adrienne (Cambridge, MA), his ex-wife, Hilary (New York, NY), his mother, June (Madison), his faithful sister, Melody (Essex), his brother, Peter (Clinton), cousins, John (San Francisco) and Linda (Brookline, MA), his aunt, Marika and uncle, Chris (Old Saybrook, CT), and his beloved Akita, Yu-Jin (Texas). A service will be held at Swan Funeral Home, Old Saybrook, at 4:00 pm, on 22 February 2017.

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    Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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Diane Munson

March 8, 2017

I can honestly say, as your caregiver, you were the most unique and challenging client I have ever had. But through it all, I cared for your well being, first and for most. There is a sadness that will always be there. You had the strength and perseverance to go on. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers as there is a tremendous void that I can only fill with all the fun times and laughter. To you Melody, may God always stay by you as you did the best you could and always stayed by Gregs side. It was an honor to be part of both of your lives. Greg may you Rest In Peace. Love you always.

HILARIE SACATOS

March 6, 2017

I AM VERY GRATEFUL TO YOU MY HUSBAND FOR HAVING SHARED SWEET YEARS OF MEMORY AND FOR GIVING ME OUR FIRST AND ONLY SACATOS CHILD. I SHALL ALWAYS TREASURE THE PERSON YOU WERE AND THE TREMENDOUS LOVE YOU HAD FOR YOUR DAUGHTER. I SHALL ALWAYS TREASURE YOU IN MY HEART AND SOUL AND EACH AND EVERYDAY YOU SHALL NEVER GO UNFORGOTTEN. WITH LOVE AND RESPECT: MRS. HILARIE SACATOS

Sara Mandel

February 25, 2017

Mr. Sacatos was one of my favorite teachers throughout school, and made me fall in love with photography even more. I still have the photos from his class around my house and think about him regularly. He will be greatly missed, but I'll always be grateful for his guidance and having known him.

Ronald Morse

February 25, 2017

Teacher, mentor and friend.

I am so grateful for your influence, guidance and encouragement.

I remember collaborations on many theatrical productions. We made due with limited resources. Challenges and juvenile shenanigans ensued. We consistently added depth and meaning to each work of theatre. It was an important and magical time for me.

Your passion, creativity, work ethic, understated-elegant aesthetic and gentle nature will live on forever in all the souls you have touched.

Raeleen Mautner

February 23, 2017

Dear Melody,
I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved brother Gregory. I know how much you loved and cared for him. You were such a blessing to his life, as I am sure he was to yours. I know his memory will live on in your heart. May you find peace and healing. My sincerest sympathy. Raeleen.

February 22, 2017

Dear Family of Gregory,
We send our love, support and sincerest sympathy in the falling asleep into the Lord of this special man. Memory Eternal!
John & Joan Skrobat Branford, CT

Betty Moncure

February 22, 2017

There was only one "Greg". His loss leaves a hole in the heart of those who loved him. Will carry memories of him to fill the hole forever.

Linda Rizzuto

February 20, 2017

Dear Melody,
My deepest condolences to you and your family. Take strength in the good memories and peace in knowing the incredible care you took of him. My thoughts are with you and yours.

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