Gregory Tammaro

  • Born: March 15, 1990
  • Died: August 11, 2020
  • Location: Groton, Massachusetts

Westford Healy Funeral Home

57 N Main St
Westford, MA 01886

Tel. (978) 692-6502

Tribute & Message From The Family


Loving son, brother

Gregory Tammaro passed away on Tuesday August 11, 2020 after a long battle with the disease of addiction. Many people would say that he died "unexpectedly", but the truth is, it wasn't "unexpected". It was a gnawing fear that his family faced everyday while he battled his disease.

Born in Framingham on March 15, 1990, he was the loving son of J. Arthur Tammaro and Susan (Pettipas) Tammaro. Greg was raised in Groton and attended Groton schools, graduating from Groton-Dunstable High School in 2008. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister Lynn Tammaro and his grandmother, Barbara Casarano. He is predeceased by his grandfather Charles Casarano and grandparents Henry "Bill" and Loyola Pettipas. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Greg was so much more than the labels society would put on him. He was a loving son and brother. He was charismatic and charming. Anyone that had the privilege to know him, could see that. He loved fiercely and deeply and had such a special bond with his parents.

As a boy, Greg was an adventurer. He loved the outdoors. He enjoyed biking, riding his scooter and skateboarding. He especially loved time spent on family bike rides. He loved music and found comfort in listening to it. Those special memories are what will be held so dear.

Substance Use Disorder did not define Greg. He had hopes and dreams that the disease prevented from coming to fruition. He was brave and strong. No family should ever have to endure the indignity of dealing with a loved one's substance use disorder. Unless you live with it, you will never see the pain and shame that comes with it. But likewise, you will never understand the warrior strength it takes for someone to face that pain every day and still make the choice to try again and again. Greg's perseverance was a testimony to his character.

God put many people in Greg's path that offered assistance, kindness and selflessness. His family will be forever grateful for those that walk among us that help the suffering each day, without judgement.

Greg's battle was hard fought. He never gave up hope, nor did his family. His battle has ended and he is now at peace. His family will forever miss him.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to GAAMHA Attn: Dahl House, 208 Coleman Street, Gardner, MA 01440.
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Condolence & Memory Journal

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Tammaro. I did not know your son and have never met you. I was looking for someone else's obituary and noticed your son's. What an honest and heart wrenching tribute. Knowing people with addictions I can only say I am sorry. I will keep you in my prayers.

Posted by Lorraine Ward - Westford, MA   October 11, 2020

I' am so sorry for your loss of your Son so heartbreaking

Posted by Brenda Girard - Westford, MA - Friend   September 03, 2020

I have been waiting to gather my thoughts before I wrote to all of you .
It's so sad to have this be Greg's tribute
He is no longer suffering and we all know how much this disease causes suffering for all involved
I hope that those who know and love him can find peace . There was something very special about Greg and I am glad to have known him
Prayers and peace for all his family and friends ❤❤❤

Posted by Kristen Lawrence - Westford, MA - Friend   August 24, 2020

Susan & Arthur, three candles were lite this morning 8-24-2020 at St Anthony Monastery in Kennebunk ME,
(1) In loving memory of Greg to now rest in peace in the kind and gentle hands of Jesus.
(2) For all those who loved Greg, his parents, family, friends and all caregivers that always share their
kindness and understanding to give us hope when we think there is none.
(3) For all young adults, men and women who have any kind of disorder to always know we care and love them unconditionally.
Let your faith give you much peace in knowing the Spirit of Greg will be in your hearts forever and we pray in time all your happy memories make you smile.
Joe & Carol Rutkiewicz

Maine-Mass

Posted by CAROL RUTKIEWICZ - WORCESTER, MA - Family Friend   August 24, 2020

What a lovely tribute to your son. Though we are strangers to each other, we share a bond of loss of an amazing son who struggled valiantly against the power of addiction. My heart breaks for your loss. The Journey of your grief will be forever, but I hope it helps somehow for you to know that you are not alone on this Journey. A place to reflect online is A Bed for my Heart. Lots of support and specific articles on loss through addiction. There are so many of us. Please know you are supported by so many who walk with you everyday. My son has been gone 6 long years. His name is Sam. Saying prayers for you and your loved ones.

Posted by Alison Milne - Saco, ME - Acquaintance   August 20, 2020

I an so sorry for your loss. The obituary made me cry because my family has dealt with the disease of addiction also. I never read such a beautiful tribute to someone. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.

Posted by Lisa Brien - Douglas, MA   August 19, 2020

Sue & Arthur, my heart breaks for you. So sorry for your loss. Sending much love!
-Susan

Posted by Susan Wells - Lowell, MA - Friend   August 17, 2020

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May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

Posted by Kristin Agreste - Saugus, MA - coworker   August 17, 2020

Sorry to hear of Gregorys passing. May God bless you for the sad days ahead. Love to you Arthur and Sue. Love Susan Ginty❤

Posted by Susan Ginty - Bridgewater, MA - Friend   August 16, 2020

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Sue, I am so very sorry for your family's loss at this time. May he rest in peace. Stacey (Prekop) Rao

Posted by Stacey Prekop Rao - Cape Coral, FL - Coworker   August 16, 2020

Sue and family I am so sorry for your loss. I am thinking of you

Posted by Susan Cooke - Tewksbury, MA - Coworker   August 16, 2020

May God bless you, Greg. You walked a hard road and, in the face of the battle you fought, you loved much and were very much loved in return.

Posted by JOANNE WATSON - GROTON, MA - Friend   August 16, 2020

Greg will always remain in my heart and a part of my spirit. Nirvana Aerosmith CHEVELLE took, years together, years separated but we always clicked back where we left off. Miss you bud, but I will see you again. I'm so sorry you never got to hang with river. My heart is beating slowly, while I wring out the tears. I love you Gregory. Always have always will. I feel you with me. Also I relate to greg as a sister in recovery, a significant other, a family friend, and an empath. I know his pain came from deep within and I know myself battling yourself Is the hardest thing you can do

Posted by Alexandra Clark - Westford, MA - Family Friend   August 16, 2020

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Sue and Arthur: I am so sorry for your loss. I wish I had some great words of wisdom, but please know, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Susan Donegan - Quincy, MA - Coworker   August 15, 2020

Forever walking beside me... I love and miss you so much.

Posted by Lynn Tammaro - Lowell, MA - Family   August 15, 2020

Greg helped me very much. When I made the decision to get help, Greg spent countless hours teaching me what I needed to do and helped me through the AA program. I am forever greatful for him. I always tell everyone that God sent 2 angels into my life. Greg and The Reverend Ford, I couldn't have done it without either one. I watched him help so many people like myself. I know that Greg has peace now and my heart breaks for his family. RIP Greg.

Posted by Christopher Savasta - Brooklyn, CT - Friend   August 15, 2020

Thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Posted by Sandy & Ed Morrissette - Port Charlotte, FL   August 15, 2020

My heart is with all of you. You will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers always.

Posted by Kathy Gadd - Seabrook, NH - Friend   August 15, 2020

We loved you Greg. You will be missed. Love Aunt Ellen and Uncle Joe
Susan, Arthur and Lynn Please know how sorry we are for your loss and find some comfort that he is at peace.

Posted by Ellen and Joe Mastrofillippo - Wells, ME - Family   August 15, 2020


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