Joseph Alan Grego, 61, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on the morning of May 5, 2020. Born in Oklahoma City, OK, May 27, 1958, Joe was adopted by the loving Henry and Therese Grego and was the eldest of three children growing up in Tulsa, OK.
As a young man Joe devoted much of his love and attention to martial arts training and teaching of Kang Duk Won under the instruction of Dr. Roger Greene, eventually receiving the rank of 3rd degree black belt. His passion for karate, fishing and the outdoors were matched only by his love for noodling, activism, motorcycles and biker culture. He was known far and wide for his tall handlebars, extensive tattoos and a persona that gave as well as commanded respect.
Joe began his career at Rockwell International, as an aircraft structural mechanic, assembling the B-1 bomber as well as spacecraft. Followed by a career as a commercial diver/fisherman, his passion for the trade led him to Stonington, ME, in 1993 to harvest green sea urchins and raise his young family. Eventually becoming the captain of the F/V Crazy Train. His work ethic was a focal point of his identity as he excelled in all things.
His greatest pride was his family: his son Joseph Henry and partner Meghan; his son Roger Alan and partner Samantha; his daughter Heidi Celeste and wife Sophia; their mother Regina; their five grandchildren Dexter, Pacey, Taylor, Joseph “Jo-Jo,” and Brooklyn; and his loyal feline companion Jolene. He is survived by his mother Therese and two sisters: Gail, and her husband Phillip Reedy, and Vicki Grego, in addition to many loved aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends across the country. Joe was predeceased by his father, Henry Grego.
A warrior in life and a hero in death, his legacy is far greater than this short script can provide. May his soul forever be at peace for he is now home.
A Memorial Service and Motorcycle ride will be scheduled for a later date, when the weather is warm and the riding is good.
Tributes may be posted online at www.directcremationofmaine.com at the “Obituaries and Tributes” link.
In lieu of flowers donations in Joe’s honor can be made to the following:
Northern Light Homecare and Hospice Foundation
Attn: Hancock County Hospice
PO Box 931
Bangor, ME 04402-0931
SPCA of Hancock County
141 Bar Harbor Rd.
Trenton, ME 04605