Gregory P. Schroth
Hamilton Twp. - After a courageous battle with cancer, Gregory P. Schroth passed away on Saturday, July 12th at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in Hamilton Twp. at the age of 54.
Gregory was a 1977 graduate from St. Anthony’s High School, where he excelled as an outfielder on the varsity baseball team. He was a perennial all-star in Babe Ruth and American Legion baseball. He was an avid fan of the Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions and the Philadelphia 76ers. On the artistic side, he was fond of many different styles of music and in the early 1990s sang in the St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir including its hundredth anniversary concert in 1995. He had an imaginative sense of humor and a clear eye as to what was right and wrong in the world.
During his lifetime, Gregory worked as a security guard at the NJ Dept. of Taxation in Trenton. For about eight years thereafter, he was employed as a corrections officer at the Yardville Corrections Facility in Yardville, NJ. His law enforcement career was suddenly interrupted by serious injuries he suffered in connection with a motor vehicle accident when his car was rear ended by a drunk driver as he waited for a red light. He eventually found employment as a security officer at a retirement community known as Stonebridge at Montgomery. Over his remaining years, however, he increasingly used his skills as a house painter, which before the onset of his fatal illness, eventually became his primary occupation.
Gregory is survived by his twin daughters, Jessica and Nicole Pullen and their mother, Edith Pullen; his parents, Marilyn and Gerald Schroth; four sisters (and their husbands) Diane and Robert Cheesman, Linda and Clifford Breece, Eileen and Dennis McFadden, Jennifer and Kenneth Tusche and a brother, Kenneth Schroth, plus nine nieces and nephews and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Family and friends may call at the M. William Murphy Funeral Home, 935 Parkway Ave., Ewing, NJ on Wednesday from 6-9pm and on Thursday from 9-9:45AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 11am at St. Raphael’s Church, 151 Gropp Ave., Hamilton, NJ. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Hamilton Twp.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made in Gregory’s memory to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Donor Services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or www.lls.org
Posted on 13 Jul 2014 by MFH