Gregory M. MacLaren
NEWARK - Gregory MacLaren, 80, died on September 23, 2021 after a steadfast battle against declining health for the past year.
Greg was born in 1941 in Elizabethtown, NY, the son of Gordon and Dorothy (Atkinson) MacLaren. In the 1950s, he and his older brother Gordon II moved to Newark from New Jersey to live with their father. He attended Newark High School and was a graduate of the Community College of the Finger Lakes. Greg retired from Newark Developmental Center’s DDSO staff development in 1996 after 36 years of service. He enjoyed a long retirement, traveling throughout the United States and abroad, solving puzzles, listening to his favorite singer-songwriters, and graciously tolerating his family’s teasing. Greg invariably found the ordinary interesting, and noted the humor and humanity in everyday occurrences.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mary (Boyko), along with seven children: Tracy Zollweg, Terry MacLaren, Grace Caru, and Marci MacLaren, and his and Mary’s children: Nicholas (Meghan Gallagher), Andrew (Sara Wedell), and Susanna (Anthony Velasquez). Greg was grandfather to Zackary, Ben, Charlie, Nellie, and Juniper, stepbrother to Tom and Lee (Charlotte) MacLaren, and brother-in-law to Dr. John Boyko.
He was predeceased by his brother Gordon in 1958, and stepsister Marge Cseplo in 2021.
A private graveside memorial will be held at Fairville Cemetery.
In Lieu of flowers, donations in Greg’s memory may be made to Literacy Volunteers of Wayne County, 12 Canal St, Lyons, NY 14489 or the American Humanist Association, 1821 Jefferson Place NW
Washington, DC 20036
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