Vincent James Gregitis
May 22, 1931 – July 10, 2019
Vincent James Gregitis, 88, of Toms River, NJ, passed away at home on July 10, 2019, surrounded by his loving family and friends. He was born in St. Clair, PA, and lived in both Toms River and in the last several years in Cranford with his daughter Patty. Vincent worked for the Brick Township Board of Education as a fifth grade teacher. He loved teaching more than anything and was also the girls soccer coach for years before his retirement in 1995. He loved fishing, golfing and bowling. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.
Vincent was predeceased by his wife Juleanne Gregitis in 2008. He is survived by his children, Kathleen Gregitis and partner Mark Fremgen, David Gregitis and wife Helena, his grandchildren, Matthias and Jennifer, and his daughter, Patricia Gregitis and partner Mark O'Neill.
Visitation will be Tuesday, July 16th, from 3:00 to 7:00 PM, at the Anderson & Campbell Funeral Home, 703 Main Street, Toms River, NJ 08753. A Mass to celebrate Vincent's life will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, July 17th at St. Joseph's R.C. Church, 685 Hooper Ave. in Toms River. Cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VNA Hospice, 175 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960.
- Visitation Tuesday, July 16, 2019
- Funeral Service Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Vincent James Gregitis
July 16, 2019
I believe it was about 44 years ago when I was in Vince's 5th grade class...and to this day, without hesitation, when asked my favorite teacher, I say "Mr. Gregitis". We loved him because he loved us (his students). I trust Vince understood the enduring, positive influence he had on his students, including yours truly.
I'm happy I got to reconnect with him years later through our mutual friends, the Brosius family. Vince & Jim Brosius made quite the pair and, together, they make up the Mt. Rushmore of 5th grade teachers. I am richer for knowing Vince and will be forever grateful for all the life lessons he taught me...not to mention the thanks I owe him for keeping me out of the stockade in Williamsburg (we had many laughs over the years recalling the details of that class trip!).
Rest in peace, Mr. G. You were truly one of a kind and they broke mold after you.
July 15, 2019
To Mr Gregitis's family My thoughts and prayers are with you. He was a great teacher and inspired so many people i grew up with. He changed me for the better and that was no easy feat. Rest in peace Mr Gregitis.
July 11, 2019
I met his oldest daughter, Kath, when I was 11 and she was 9. Instant friendship. Also an enduring one. Still close after 51 years.
To me, Vince Gregitis was the ideal of the perfect father. Both capable and kind.
The wonderful thing is that his kids, Kath, Dave and Patty, knew it and gave him decades of love in return for all he had given them of himself.
His was a life well lived. I am grateful to have known him.