Treasured brother, uncle, great uncle and loyal friend to many, William "Bill" John Gregory was born in Grand Forks ND on March 7, 1953. Following a year long, valiant struggle to recover from a Traumatic Brain Injury, Bill passed away peacefully on January 4, 2018 in Rio Rancho NM.
Bill grew up in Fargo ND, graduating from Fargo South High School in 1972. He attended North Dakota State School of Science graduating in 1977 with an Associate Degree in Mechanical Drafting and Design Technology. He went on to graduate from the University of Northern Iowa in December 1981 with a Bachelor of Technology Degree. While at UNI, Bill also acquired his teaching certificate for secondary and post secondary education programs.
His professional employment experience began with FMC Corporation, Cedar Rapids IA followed by Branick Industries Inc, Fargo ND, Universal Metal Spinning Co, Albuquerque NM and Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc, Albuquerque NM. A resident of Albuquerque NM since 1986, Bill’s tenure with Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc. spanned 19 years concluding with his retirement in 2014.
Bill was an invaluable investor in numerous local and national charitable organizations. As an Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc employee, he was a dedicated volunteer raising money for St Baldrick’s Foundation supporting childhood cancer research. His many years embracing St. Baldrick’s mission earned him recognition as a Knight in the organization’s League of Legendary Heroes. He also received an Ethicon Endo-Surgery Inc President’s Quality Award in 1997.
Bill was a consummate sports fan following countless college & professional teams. He cherished his time traveling & visiting longtime friends in ND, MN & NM. He taught, coached and/or participated in tennis, golf, volleyball, wrestling, softball, water skiing, snow skiing and scuba diving at different times during his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, E. Jeanne Pribula Gregory and Robert Juel Gregory. Bill leaves his sister, Elizabeth, brothers, Lon(Rosemary), Jeffrey, Thomas and Christopher; niece, Lonna Whiting, nephew, Chad Whiting(Karie), grand niece, Mara, and grand nephew, Zander.
Bill asked that memorial gifts be made in his name to St. Baldrick’s Foundation at stbaldricks.org.
A Celebration of Life service for Bill will be held at a future date.
Those who wish to express their condolences may visit www.danielsfuneral.com. Bill’s care is entrusted to: Daniels – Alameda Mortuary, Albuquerque, NM, (505) 898-3160.