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Obituary: Gregory Eurich, 1950-2016 

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Gregory P. Eurich, born November 5, 1950, originally from Waitsfield, passed away April 20th surrounded by his family in Waterbury Center. Greg had an adventurous life retiring from the University of Vermont to live on his sailboat with his wife Michele, who courageously supported him to the end. Greg’s sister Beecher, along with her children Cassie and Caleb, and her partner Sara provided a loving Vermont home for Michele and Greg during his illness. He is survived by his siblings Gordon (JoAnn), Janet (Len), Sally (Dave), his sons Dan (Laura, and grandkids Madeline and Charlie), and Sam (Cara), as well as Michele’s children Chelsea and Ty. He leaves behind close friends from Maine to the Bahamas, on land and sea, who will miss his spirit and camaraderie. He battled prostate cancer for 5 years and died on his own terms, just as he lived life. He was proud of the State of Vermont for giving him the freedom to end his suffering when he was unable to enjoy the things he loved in life. As a family, we are so proud of him for his strength and bravery surrounding his illness. Greg had a free spirit and loved a great bargain almost as much as an island adventure on his sailboat or a cross-country trip with his BMW motorcycle or truck camper. He built his first home from scratch reading books, was an enthusiastic lifelong learner, enjoyed philosophical conversations, and like any good Vermont farm boy could fix just about anything. His email signature contained the quote “Not all those who wander are lost” and he seemed to embody, “When a man comes to like a sea life, he is not fit to live on land.” He had a charming sense of humor and enjoyed a good belly laugh, even at himself. When he was diagnosed with cancer it was devastating for him, but he found the strength to enjoy his family and friends and improved his relationships with everyone that loved him. We will miss him so much and his spirit will forever live through us. Per Greg’s wishes, private services will be held to release his ashes into the Gulf Stream so he may travel the world on the ocean’s many currents. If you wish to make a donation in Greg’s name, he was a supporter of the Movember Foundation supporting men’s health issues, including prostate cancer (
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