Gregory A. Menafo, 56 of Lunenburg, Massachusetts died Tuesday, June 20, 2023 at UMass Memorial Medical Center.
He leaves behind his loving wife of 31 years, Lori A. (Montigny) Menafo; parents, Alexander and Felicia "Phyllis" (Krawczyk) Menafo of Sturbridge, MA; brother, Mark Menafo of Scottsdale, AZ; niece, Victoria Menafo of St. Petersburg, FL; sister-in-law, Lisa Montigny and nieces, Rachael, Julia, Kate, and Erin all of Shrewsbury, MA; his beloved cats, Precious and Spirit; an aunt, uncle, cousins, and many close friends. He was predeceased by his brothers-in-law, Michael and Leonard Montigny.
He was born in Webster, MA and raised in Dudley. Greg graduated from Shepherd Hill Regional High School and continued his education at UMass Lowell, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biology.
Greg formed G.M. Consulting, an environmental health and safety consulting firm in 1994. Throughout his career, he obtained numerous licensures and certifications including Certified Safety Professional (CSP). He was a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and the Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP).
Greg or "G" as he was known to his friends, was an avid reader, enjoyed music and an enthusiastic Boston sports fan (especially the NE Patriots). He was a fun, loving, sociable person who made friends and conversation wherever he went. As an excellent cook, Greg never needed a recipe and his mushroom risotto was most notable during holiday gatherings. A cherished vacation spot with his wife Lori, was at the Sea-Ward On The Ocean Front in Scarborough, Maine. It quickly grew into an annual tradition with family.
Greg was passionate about craft beer and home brewing. This led to an official certification as a BJCP beer judge. He was a proud member of the Fitchburg Order of Ale Makers (F.O.A.M.). As a longtime resident of Lunenburg, Greg would often be found at Thirsty Robot Brewing Company or Partner's Pub. He enjoyed traveling to breweries and beer festivals, such as Ommegang, the Homebrew Jamboree and FOAMStock. Greg also enjoyed being the drink master of "martini hour" on Sundays with his wife and friends, when they often played cribbage. In the words of Benjamin Franklin, "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." Greg spread that happiness wherever he went.
Greg's family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at the hospital and clinic for the compassionate care he received.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Greg's family on Thursday, June 29th from 5-8pm at the BRANDON FUNERAL HOME, 305 Wanoosnoc Road, Fitchburg, MA. His funeral will be held on Friday, June 30th with a funeral Mass celebrated at 11a.m. at St. Boniface Church, 817 Massachusetts Ave., Lunenburg MA (kindly go directly to the church). Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or by donating blood to the American Red Cross.
The family invites you to share your memories of Greg by uploading photos to his memorial page. Let's celebrate the life of such an amazing man who brought never-ending joy and laughter to his friends and family, and a touch of snobbery to the world of craft beer.
Kevin J. Mack, Walter C. Taylor, and Melissa A. McQuaid, Funeral Directors