Gregory Tammaro passed away on Tuesday August 11, 2020 after a long battle with the disease of addiction. Many people would say that he died "unexpectedly", but the truth is, it wasn't "unexpected". It was a gnawing fear that his family faced everyday while he battled his disease.
Born in Framingham on March 15, 1990, he was the loving son of J. Arthur Tammaro and Susan (Pettipas) Tammaro. Greg was raised in Groton and attended Groton schools, graduating from Groton-Dunstable High School in 2008. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister Lynn Tammaro and his grandmother, Barbara Casarano. He is predeceased by his grandfather Charles Casarano and grandparents Henry "Bill" and Loyola Pettipas. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Greg was so much more than the labels society would put on him. He was a loving son and brother. He was charismatic and charming. Anyone that had the privilege to know him, could see that. He loved fiercely and deeply and had such a special bond with his parents.
As a boy, Greg was an adventurer. He loved the outdoors. He enjoyed biking, riding his scooter and skateboarding. He especially loved time spent on family bike rides. He loved music and found comfort in listening to it. Those special memories are what will be held so dear.
Substance Use Disorder did not define Greg. He had hopes and dreams that the disease prevented from coming to fruition. He was brave and strong. No family should ever have to endure the indignity of dealing with a loved one's substance use disorder. Unless you live with it, you will never see the pain and shame that comes with it. But likewise, you will never understand the warrior strength it takes for someone to face that pain every day and still make the choice to try again and again. Greg's perseverance was a testimony to his character.
God put many people in Greg's path that offered assistance, kindness and selflessness. His family will be forever grateful for those that walk among us that help the suffering each day, without judgement.
Greg's battle was hard fought. He never gave up hope, nor did his family. His battle has ended and he is now at peace. His family will forever miss him.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to GAAMHA Attn: Dahl House, 208 Coleman Street, Gardner, MA 01440.