Gregg J. Needham

  • Died: July 3, 2018
  • Location: Worcester, Massachusetts

Fay Brothers Funeral Home

1 W. Boylston Street
West Boylston, MA 01583
Tel. (508) 835-6500

Tribute & Message From The Family

Message From The Family

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WORCESTER - Gregg J. Needham, 68, Retired Captain, City of Worcester Fire Department, died Tuesday, July 3, 2018 after an illness.

Gregg leaves his loving and devoted wife of 37 years, Mary (Valentine), his loving daughter Lauren Shepherd and her husband Joel, and his loving son Jeffrey. He also leaves his two devoted sisters, Marianne Lapomardo and her husband John and Karen Shea and her husband Walter. He also leaves 2 special nieces and 4 special nephews.

Gregg was born in Worcester, the son of John and Anita (Kantakevich) Needham. He graduated from Doherty Memorial High School in 1968 and received 2 Associate Degrees from Quinsigamond Community College graduating with Highest Honors. He previously worked at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia and the City of Worcester Health Department and Water Department before joining the City of Worcester Fire Department in 1980. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1986 and to Captain in 1994.

Gregg was a proud United States Army Veteran serving a tour in Korea He was awarded the bronze medal for Expert Sharpshooter. He was a Massachusetts licensed Oil Burner Technician, a Massachusetts licensed First Class Fireman and a licensed Second Class Fireman, a Massachusetts Construction Supervisor and a Massachusetts licensed Journeyman Pipefitter. He was also a Certified Massachusetts Firefighter Instructor 1. Gregg was also a licensed real estate broker and an N.A.R.C.A. Real Estate Appraiser. He was a past member of the Lithuanian War Veterans Organization.

Gregg was an automotive enthusiast and loved anything related to cars, motorcycles and classic hot rods. He enjoyed attending car shows and automotive swap meets. He was a mechanical genius and had the ability and knowledge to assemble, build and repair anything without instructions or directions.

Gregg's interests and accomplishments were many but his greatest love and joy was for his wife and children whom he cherished and adored.

Gregg's family would like to thank the following for their compassionate care for Gregg: Dr. Scott Plotkin and the team on Lunder 8 at Massachusetts General Hospital, the staff at Knollwood Nursing Home and the entire staff at JHC of Worcester with special and grateful thanks to Melissa and Michelle.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate Gregg's life on Sunday, July 8, 2018 from 4-7pm at the Fay Brothers Funeral Home, 1 West Boylston Street, West Boylston. The funeral will be a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am on Monday, July 9, 2018 at St. Christopher's Church, 950 West Boylston Street, Worcester, Burial will be at St. John's Cemetery, Worcester, In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to JHC of Worcester, 629 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA 01609.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Mr. Needham consoled many fire victims. He spoke to them like he knew each one personally. My mother for one, but knew others too. He was a great asset to the city and fire dept. God bless him.

Posted by Samuel Lopez - Worcester, MA   July 08, 2018

I always enjoyed seeing Gregg at Auntie Cathy & Uncle Bob's, always so positive, jolly, & great conversations . He always brought with him his great smile and jovial personality. I'm truly sorry for your loss.

Posted by Filippo Mastrocola - Naples, FL - Family Friend   July 08, 2018

Great person & the best, most skillful firefighter I ever knew!

Posted by Jack Murphy - Las Vegas, NV   July 07, 2018

My sincere sympathies to Gregg's family. He was a great guy and we had a lot of good times at big Danny's place at Nantasket Beach. Thank you Gregg for your community service and your service to our country. RIP ole pal.

Posted by Freddie Potenti - Brimfield/ Worcester   July 07, 2018

Gregg was a nice guy with a great sense of humor rest in peace

Posted by Rocky Lapomardo - Naples, FL - Friend   July 06, 2018

Dear Mary, Lauren and Jeffrey,

We were so very sad to learn of Gregg's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all during this very difficult time.

Love, Barb and Dave Pitney

Posted by Barbara Pitney - Needham, MA   July 06, 2018

Mary, Lauren and Jeff - We are deeply sorry for your loss of Gregg. Our thoughts & prayers are with you. Love, Kathy & Dennis D'Eramo

Posted by Kathy & Dennis D'Eramo - Worcester, MA   July 06, 2018

My dearest friend and sister, Mary, and Lauren and Jeffrey, my niece and heart is breaking for you. May the Lord hold you in His arms and bring you comfort and peace. You had Dad close to you and that was a good thing. He will be forever in your hearts. Never was there a family more loving than you are. My entire family and I send our deepest love and prayers and support. Your loving Auntie Carmine always and forever

Posted by Carmine Janczyk - Uxbridge, MA   July 06, 2018

Mary and family

so sorry for your loss. I so enjoyed the time Gregg spent at Knollwood. He was a pleasure to care for and made me laugh everyday. May he rest in peace.


Posted by A friend   July 06, 2018

To Mary
MY deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your family

Dan Mitrano

Posted by A friend   July 05, 2018

Dear Mary & Family - my deepest sympathies on your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you at this time.

Posted by Marie Bernard-Cook - Worcester, MA - Coworker   July 05, 2018

Posted by Lorenzo Zanetti - Miami, FL   July 05, 2018

Posted by Vito Columbo - Miami, FL   July 05, 2018

Dear Marianne and family
My prayers are with you all
Thinking of that difficult time for you
My sincere condolence, wish to be closer to give you the support you need and your family
Love Bozena

Posted by Bo Spink - Buffalo, NY - Family   July 05, 2018

Dear Mary and family , I wish you peace and comfort at this difficult time. May you find some comfort and peace through your memories and the warm embrace of your family and friends .
Marilyn Robinson

Posted by Marilyn Robinson - Holliston, MA - Coworker   July 05, 2018

Mary: My sincerest sympathy to you and your family. Thinking of you all. Cally Nault

Posted by Cally Nault - Brimfield, MA - Coworker   July 05, 2018

Mary - my condolences to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers and I wish I could be there to give you a hug.

Posted by Carie Corbett - Friend   July 05, 2018


Dear Mary, Lauren & Jeff..I am so very sorry for the loss of Gregg who always had a smile and a hand waiting to help a neighbor. We were neighbors and like family for so many years and I'll never forget all the fun we had bringing up our children together, 4th of July's, Christmas, Halloween, co-parenting our children and Patches & Dylan! We will miss him so much! Please let me know if there is anything I can do. Love Mary Ellen

Posted by Mary Ellen Cyganiewicz - Leominster, MA - Neighbor   July 04, 2018

So very sorry to hear of Mr. Needham's passing, he was such a kind and generous soul. Our thoughts are with you at this time.

Posted by Karen & Paul Malinowski - Worcester, MA - Friend   July 04, 2018

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