In Memory of




Obituary for Gregory Gruver Sr.

Gregory Gruver Sr., a beloved husband, father, brother, and P-Pop, died suddenly in his Richland home on April 21st in the early hours of the morning.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years Donna, his children Stephanie Merlino, Gregory Gruver Jr. his spouse Kaitlin Gruver, and his grandchildren Mason Merlino (fuzz), Callie Merlino (crow), and Gregory Gruver III (stink).

He also leaves behind his sisters: Nancy Iturbe, JoAnn Hutson, Patricia Kelly, Debra Gruver, and his brothers: Lawrence Gruver, and Stephen Gruver (recently deceased).

Gregory had a passion for cooking, and with that forged a 25+ year tradition of preparing Sunday dinners filled with family, friends, laughter, love, amazing food, and the occasional game of uno.

He pursued a career in construction, but his talents far exceeded those limits. He was a mason, a mechanic, a plumber, electrician, he knew heating and air conditioning, refrigeration, decking, siding, remodeling, and pretty much any type of work that used his hands. He was truly a “Jack of all Trades”.

Gregory loved animals, and was a wildlife enthusiast. His dream was to become a Park Ranger, just is life, those aspirations changed. Instead, he brought his admiration and love of animals home with him. At any given time, you could find some sort of creature crawling around the yard or flying inside the house. Just to list a few: baby skunk, flying squirrels, raccoons, turtles, fish, turkeys, chickens, lizards, snakes, guinea hens, baby owls, and several different breeds of dogs. He was always connected to Nature.

He will be missed by many, but his presence will be felt by all. There are no words that can describe the type of man Gregory Gruver Sr. was.

Rest in Peace

We love you so.

A viewing will be held on Sunday, April 25th from 1pm to 3pm at Boakes Funeral Home, 6050 Main St., Mays Landing, NJ, where a service will beheld at 3pm.