Gregg L Patton


Gregg L Patton, former Cranberry Isles Fisherman’s Co-Op manager, passed away in Maryland on Feb. 28, 2018, from lung cancer. Born June 15, 1949, in Arlington, Va., to Leslie H. and Doris (Dee) Haycraft Patton, he was raised in Falls Church and was a member of the epic Falls Church High School Marching Band, and later played trumpet with the Georgetown University Pep Band.

After high school, he had top secret security clearance and worked as a courier for the U.S. State Department, zipping around D.C. on his motorcycle. He joined the Navy in 1970 and served as a plane captain on the flight deck of the USS Enterprise off Vietnam for two years. His time at war and exposure to Agent Orange affected his life. He was stationed at Miramar in San Diego, then moved to Kansas City, Mo., where he graduated from aviation mechanics school while in the Naval Reserves.

After several visits to family in Maine, Gregg moved to Islesford about 1980 and worked at carpentry with Henry Grandgent, then took the reins of the Co-Op for 10 years. In 1992, he moved back to Maryland and worked for the National Institutes of Health for the past 25 years as the loading dock master, materials and safety manager for the Institute of Dental Craniofacial Research, regularly being cited for outstanding work.

His colleagues from there are organizing a celebration of his life on April 21 at his church’s retreat farm, Dayspring, in Germantown, Md. There will be a celebration on Islesford in July. He will be especially missed by his sister, Gail Patton Marshall Grandgent, brother-in-law Henry Grandgent, of Otter Creek; nephew Hunter Marshall and his sons Theo and Rory; niece Jessie Grandgent Stanley, her husband, Andrew, their daughters Fiona and Isla; several cousins on both the Haycraft and Patton side, and his friends Louise Canada, Nona Beth Cresswell and Chris Bolling of Maryland.

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