Gregory Gill Blessing, age 75, passed away on Monday, April 11, 2022, at RWJ University Hospital Somerset, in Somerville, NJ. Born in Montclair, NJ, Greg had resided in Orange, Short Hills, and North Plainfield before settling in South Plainfield 43 years ago.
Greg had attended Keystone College in PA and Somerset County Community College in Green Brook, NJ while majoring in business and was elected President of the Student Body.
Throughout his career, Greg had worked in the printing industry in both sales and production departments. He was employed by several printing shops in New Jersey before retiring in 2011. He was a member of the Church of the Sacred Heart in South Plainfield.
Greg was an accomplished athlete; he excelled in both swimming and running. In 1988, he competed in the Men’s US Olympic trials for the marathon. He was also a passionate sports fan; he enjoyed watching football and college basketball, especially his favorite team, the Seton Hall Pirates. In his spare time, Greg could be found in his yard working on his gardens and creating outdoor spaces. He was also an avid reader and had volunteered for over 25 years at the Cancer Hope Network in Chester.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Joan Blessing, a daughter, Sarah Blessing, five siblings, Jane Henley, Jean “Debbie” Riescher, Connor Blessing and his wife Jane, Victoria “Tory” Gombosi and her husband Bill, Adrienne McClearn and her husband Sean, and a host of beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
His brother, Keven Blessing, preceded him in death.
A visitation will be held on Monday, April 18, 2022, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Higgins Home for Funerals, 752 Mountain Blvd., Watchung, NJ. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of the Sacred Heart in South Plainfield, NJ, followed immediately by entombment at Holy Redeemer Cemetery in South Plainfield, NJ.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Cancer Hope Network, 2 North Road, STE A, Chester, NJ 07930.