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John Robert Gregor, 93, died peacefully on December 11, 2018 at Claremont Nursing Home in Carlisle. He was born in Detroit, Michigan, a son of the late Annie (Malcolm) and Robert MacKay Gregor, and was married to the late Barbara (Whittaker) Gregor. He is survived by his three children: Judith L. Shiffler of Carlisle, John G. (wife Wendy) Gregor of Vineland, NJ and Donna G. (husband William) Whitesel of Roswell, GA. He was preceded in death by twin brothers, Harold L. and Norman L. Gregor, and son-in-law, Bruce M. Shiffler.

John was a veteran of World War II serving in the Army Air Corps.  A 1949 graduate of Michigan State University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, John entered his lifelong affiliation with the grinding wheel industry which began in Michigan.  In 1962, he moved his family to Carlisle to run the Carlisle Hot Pressed Wheel Company, later known as SL Industries.  John's legacy influenced many aspects of the Carlisle Community: performing arts, science, local government, music, church, health care and civic organizations.  He was president of the board of Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet as well as a performer in many ballets for 27 years. John served as a Carlisle Borough Councilman and he was a member of the Elks. An accomplished tenor, John sang with the Carlindian Chorus and several Barbershop quartets as well as his church choir at St. John's Episcopal church.  There he served on the vestry, priest search committees, and as diocesan finance chairman.  As President of the Carlisle Hospital board, John was influential in the building of the current hospital. In addition to community service, he was an avid Civil War history buff, a jogger, golfer, pilot and a Detroit Tigers baseball fan.  He was a beloved grandfather to 11 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. His family will miss his kindness, humor and tenor voice.

A memorial service will be held January 25, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church On the Square, Carlisle. Rev. Adam Kradel will be officiating. A time of fellowship will follow the service. In addition, a private internment will take place in the columbarium of the Good Shepherd at the church.  Ewing Brothers Funeral Home, Carlisle, is in charge of the arrangements. Contributions in memory of John Gregor can be made by check to: Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, 5 North Orange St., Suite 3, Carlisle, PA 17013.


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Dear John, Judy, and Donna,
A generation of Gregors have passed. The brothers lived a fruitful, productive life, one as relatives, we can proudly look towards and be proud. As I deeply miss Harold, you miss your father. We share this void. Sending love and condolences.
Marlene Gregor
Judy, John and Donna. My sincere condolences on the passing of your dad. Know you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time.
Lisa Prescott
In loving memory of a fine gentleman.
The Whitesel family
What a life well lived!  Science, the arts, business success and community leadership.  Your father was one of the greats of the greatest generation.  My condolences and may God bless him and the legacy he leaves.

Michael Benelli
John, Judy and Donna,
Sending our condolences and keeping you in our prayers during this sad time.
Richard and Theresa Whitesel
 As brother in harmony , Bobs example of the type of person we should always look up to and be like  was unequaled ! He will be missed by more than you know .
Brad Spahr
As a barber shopper from Newville pa ,when I sang with the carlindian chorus I was indeed blessed to meet and sing with your dad . He was as dedicated caring knowledgeable and friendly as the condolences have all mentioned , he always had time for any one who asked!
Donna, Judy, John and Wendy  I just heard the news of your fathers passing. So striking that the two brothers, our fathers, went so close together. I know too well the grief you feel and also that with time you will find increasing peace. Thank you again for coming to Harolds Celebration of Life. It was wonderful to see you all in your tartan. Katherine
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