We will never know what you could have given the world.
Rest in Peace Gregory Thomas Lee
We love you forever.
  • 22 years old
  • Born on January 14, 1995 in San Jose, California, United States.
  • Passed away on March 3, 2017 in San Jose, California, United States.

See His Life for Gregory's excellent adventure.
Also, the tributes for Gregory's memorial are here. 

Services were held at Congregation Shir Hadash on March 17 at 2:00 p.m.
http://www.shirhadash.org )
 In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (http://www.alz.org)

Here is the video that Gregory just finished (his "swan song"). The music is by Au5 "Return to Moonland".
Enjoy!   ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbG6Djw5CEA )

Posted by Beth-Douglas-Alison Lee on 2nd April 2019
Hawaii Memorial video Gregory Thomas Lee and Mary Hong Lee Shared by Beth-Douglas-Alison Lee on 2nd April 2019 Here is a "short" clip of the memorial we had for Gregory and Grandma last August. Very special Aloha and Mahalo to the Keauhou Canoe Club for their hospitality, canoes, and muscle and to Aunty Tutu for the beautiful service. Also thanks to Ben B. for shooting the video and allowing me to chop up his art for this shorter version, and Creative Video & Photo for the photography. And Aloha and Mahalo to our Hawaii and San Diego Ohana for being there to help us celebrate the lives of Gregory and Mary. Beth, Ali, and Doug https://youtu.be/Fjr0xzoMhGA (you can also get to the video in the "video" section of "gallery"
Posted by Tim Russell on 4th March 2019
R.I.P Gregory. Heaven needed you more than us. We’ll all get together one day.
Posted by Orly Jaffe on 3rd March 2019
Gregory, the call I got two years ago from Sharon, it was devastating. I in turn then called your mother's friends to share what no one wishes ever to do. I can share ever since an even brighter community has surrounded your family keeping your memory with them. Your mother and father are active and busy, you always in their heart. As I work on new projects, I think how fortunate I am you were able to help me in the past and how lovely it would be to have your help now. And thinking of you always brings a warm smile. Your memory is a blessing Gregory. Your kindness and brightness still shines forever - in eternal peace. Sending lots of love.
Posted by Tim Russell on 15th January 2019
Happy birthday Gregory. Though I never knew new, through your Uncle Garry, I feel as I did. Keep heaven ready for us as we once again will join our loved ones. Until then you are safe in the arms of the lord, our heavenly keeper.
Posted by Carol Leonard on 14th January 2019
Thinking of you, Gregory, on your 24th birthday. Even though I only met you a few times, your wonderful mother has shared so many stories about you that I feel I know you well. And I know how much your family loves and misses you. I’m forever thankful for our shared experience over a Teletubbies book, and then later, over some fantastic food in a San Francisco eatery off of Castro. You were one sweet guy! ❤️
Posted by Tamara Herman on 14th January 2019
Your son Gregory is remembered and missed as one of the most kind And adorable young man who be came a part of my Family from the day one I’ve met him. He helped incerdibly when I lost my mother And comforting me. I love you dear Greg.Tamara
Posted by Orly Jaffe on 14th January 2019
Gregory today is your birthday. Thinking of you and of your family. I found an old email and thought to share it in this forum so your family can hear your words and take pleasure in how mature, organized, and professional you were in communication. I wanted to add the picture to this note, didn't quite manage, and thought certainly you could probably figure that out. I feel blessed to have had an opportunity to work with you and get to know your kind and gentle spirit. And appreciate just how much of a tech savvy teen indeed your are. Your spirit is forever missed here amongst us, but perhaps some comfort to know that your spirit is soaring free above. As we move another year around the sun, may your memory continue to shine in so many hearts.
Posted by Sandy Corman on 3rd January 2019
What can we say about our wonderful grandson whom we miss more then words can express. Wherever you are dear Gregory know that you are never out of our hearts and minds. We miss you and love you very much. Love always from grandma & Poppa
Posted by Kishan Emens on 3rd March 2018
A year ago, you passed today and now my heart aches. I've thought of you so much in the past year and can't help but feel guilty that we didn't hangout more in the months leading up. We even made plans to meet up but they feel through, and that makes me terribly sad. You inspired me to pursue software engineering and now I'm really making my best efforts to make that a reality. I wish you could see my progress now but I know that if you did, you would be proud. My heart goes out to you and your family, Greg.
Posted by Angelea Ranzenbach on 3rd March 2018
Greg was always such a happy guy. I can’t remeber a single moment where he wasn’t happy. We spent all of freshman year together at SFSU. Greg was always out for an adventure. I remember one day he came home with a bowling ball and a set of pins that he had gone all the way out to Oakland to retrieve. We ended up bowling in the middle of the night with the people of our floor. We even accidentally put a hole in the wall. Later that semester we adopted a cat together. We named him Winston and only had him for a short time because we realized we couldn’t give him the life he diserved. Greg was always a supportive and loving friend. When I found out he passed I couldn’t believe it. We shared a birthday and I was just thinking about him this week. He always pops in my head every once in a while. I miss you Greg and I’m sorry we didn’t spend more time together once I left San Francisco. I hope you are well wherever you are. alav ha-shalom
Posted by Tamara Herman on 3rd March 2018
Gregory was my favorite boy, the most loving And caring. He gave us all his true love and I am blessed to carry a memory of Gregg In the brightest light, special in every way.
Posted by Shilpi Thukral on 16th January 2018
Gregory is truly missed not only by this family and friends but also by others such as me. Gregory was a selfless person who assisted me several times. He "hacked" a movie for me....if I can say that. He was a genius. He also assisted me as a detective....He was a kind guy who is truly missed. Rest In Peace....kind child. May time heal your loss.
Posted by John Urspringer on 15th January 2018
I love you bro. I had a dream about you saturday night when your birthday popped up. I then woke up and it was so strange, the radio I was listening to was talking about loved ones visiting you in dreams. i don't know if that was me seeing your birthday or what, but the synchronicity was intense. I miss you so much my friend, you'll be in my heart forever
Posted by Tamara Herman on 14th January 2018
I miss you and love you from the bottom Of my heart sweat Gregory.
Posted by Karen Ahearn on 29th April 2017
On a typical 5th grade morning, watching Mr. Laraway frantically trying to access the classroom network, just for fun, Gregory had changed the passwords. Mr. Laraway had to somehow cajole Gregory into telling him what the password was. Gregory was clearly the hero of the day because it meant the kids could relax for an hour or so while Mr. Laraway tried to regain access. It was the funniest thing I ever saw. Our family is so saddened that the world has lost such a talented and fun kid.
Posted by Elise Barsch on 20th April 2017
When Gregory and I were in high school, we went to see Perks of Being a Wallflower in theaters. The main character of the movie, Charlie, hung out with kids who were much older than him, which I didn't understand at all. Gregory, on the other hand, said that he related a lot to that aspect of Charlie. Gregory was truly a friend to all, completely open to anyone without giving a second thought as to how they were different from him. A few months later, Gregory gave me a framed picture he designed of the quotation "We accept the love we think we deserve" - a famous line from Perks of Being a Wallflower. I was touched by his heartfelt gift, but again, Gregory was way ahead of me, as I had no idea what that line meant at the time. I'm still trying to figure out what it means to be honest, but I think of Gregory every time I see the picture he gave me or think of that line. Gregory was one of the most genuinely kind and generous people I've ever met, and I'll miss him very much.
Posted by Carla Dick-Peddie on 10th April 2017
Dear Beth, Doug, and Alison, It took me awhile to leave you a note as I am a bit awkward in my words. We are so truly sorry for the loss of Gregory. I have been spending time reading all the wonderful tributes and your story of his life and it breaks my heart just how little we knew of him even though we live on the same street. Reading about all the gadgets he installed in your house reminds me of my brother (who passed young as well); he too was the high-tech expert that outfitted my parents house with technology that can still be seen today. We really only knew Gregory when he was young, watching Bill assemble all the Halloween props for our annual display. He was so inquisitive at that young age watching Bill assemble the electronics and asking so many questions. Boy would he laugh at our lack of electronic knowledge now! I truly believe that one day we will all be together again with our loved ones. Perhaps Gregory and my brother Jeff will help light a grand entrance for all of us one day.
Posted by William Whitehead on 4th April 2017
I met Gregory during our freshman year of college through his roommate, with whom I had graduated the summer before. During my very first meeting with Gregory at one of the dining locations on campus, I mused about an issue I was having with my phone, and he immediately picked up my phone off the table and fixed it. From that point on through the rest of the year, I found myself in near daily communication with him, either through Hangouts, or quite literally hanging out with him in his dorm room until 3 AM or at various places around campus or the bay. To friends and family, I often compared Gregory to a modern day Sherlock, if Sherlock had also been given innate people skills. Gregory's incredible intelligence coupled with his innate interpersonal skills gave him command of virtually any situation, in a way that I had never seen before - Gregory was truly the most gifted individual I have ever met in my life. Once I moved back home after my first year, we talked less often and I only saw him in person a few times after that, a fact which I now deeply regret. Last year, during my last time seeing him in person, we were planning to meet up for a little bit between his classes after I picked my girlfriend up from the airport. As the time drew nearer, it was clear that both her flight and my arrival were going to be delayed. I apologized to him, and offered just to meet up for a few minutes on campus so he could make his class on time. Instead, he offered to take his only unexcused absence in his upcoming class, just so we'd still have enough time to spend a few hours together. In his words, "I'd rather spend the limited time I get to spend with you and Alayna." I tried to express how much that meant to me, and I hope he knew it - his unwavering kindness and sheer unselfishness is something I'll never forget. I miss you, Gregory - San Jose will be a lot quieter without you.
Posted by Jodi Reinman on 3rd April 2017
Just prayers and love to all. Love Jodi
Posted by Georgia Barber on 24th March 2017
I am so very sorry to hear about Gregory's passing. Gregory was a very special and very talented soul. I vividly recall times when Mark would become perplexed over a computer issue and Gregory would appear at our front door eager to help. He not only found a solution to the problem, but also had an array of suggestions for the future in case anything happened again. We were always so impressed by his dedication, hard work, and vast computer knowledge. He will be missed by our entire family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. With love, Gigi
Posted by Viola Buitoni on 23rd March 2017
Beth dearest-I am at a loss for words. I only had the briefest time to glimpse into your son's unusual mind, but the impression still lasts. I remember smiling all the time, at his way, at your interaction. My thoughts are firmly with you. Much love to you, your lovely daughter and your husband.
Posted by Shannon McKeeth on 19th March 2017
I met you and your Mom briefly at Tori's HS graduation party. One thing that struck me the most is what kind and thoughtful young man you were with everyone that evening - I admired that so much. I'm glad to know that my niece, Tori, had you as a part of her life. I wished I had gotten to know you better. Be at peace, Greg.
Posted by Patti And Frank Bell on 17th March 2017
We met You, Gregory, when you came home from the hospital. We were able to witness the joy you brought into your home and the love you received from your parents and grandparents was overflowing. We got to hold you and even then we knew you were very special. Whenever I ran into your Mom, she was always telling us wonderful stories as you grew up in our community. You brought such joy into your family's lives and we know you will be watching over all of them. May your Mom and Dad and sister, Alison take some comfort in the many wonderful memories you all have created over the years.
Posted by Shilpi Thukral on 17th March 2017
Gregory was a wonderful and kind soul. He assisted me with "tech" stuff that I found cumbersome and he found enthralling. One time he uploaded a video for me that I could not cut short to the allotted time with his fancy machines in his home office; at another time by getting a "movie" forwarded to us that we were unable to see; and yet at another time he played detective and an investigator with his dad for me. As you see he helped me on more than one instance and for that I am very thankful to him. I wish I had a chance to tell you that face to face....Gregory was so passionate about things he did with technology, talking about his trip to New York or Israel and his walk to SF with his family. He will truly be missed by all.
Posted by Tim Russell on 17th March 2017
Rest in total peace Gregory. You are a shining light in eternal life. Someday, we'll meet in heaven. Safe in Gods hands for all eternity
Posted by Richard Bernhardt on 17th March 2017
Never in life should our children go before us. Our hearts were and are broken by the news of the passing of Gregory. Gregory left an impression. In his short life, he touched many people and it was clear he had the light inside of a positive, happy and intelligent person. I think I could have brought any technical problem to Gregory and he would have made it work. Gregory also doted on his parents and sister, grandparents and extended family. Perhaps not always openly or in their presence, but at he knew so much about his family and his grandmother, and well, he was very proud. Having parents like Doug and Beth and a sister Alison made him blessed. We were all blessed by having Gregory in our lives. That will never change. We grieve at his passing. Pray for those who remain. But most of all we keep him alive in our wonderful memories and warm thoughts.
Posted by Jymn Meier on 17th March 2017
Dearest friend, I just heard the news today. I'm at a loss like so many others I'm sure. You were just a kid when I met you at Walden West. I remember you being in my group and being such a dear friend to everyone around you. I remember watching you grow in our Leaders In Training program and seeing you help kids feel comfortable about being at camp for the first time. I remember watching you be a counselor and representing WW in a way that shared the magic of that ol' place. I sat by the pond today and sang shooting star . I will miss you my friend ~ Scooby
Posted by Jacqueline Barber on 16th March 2017
Gregory and I were childhood friends who grew up on the same street just two doors down from each other. He had one of the kindest hearts I have known and always knew how to cheer me up even on my worst days as a kid. With his brilliant mind, great sense of humor, and inspiring kindness to everyone he met he could make any day into a memorable one. From making forts out of sheets and pillows to playing Star Wars computer games all day I will always remember our time we spent together growing up. I am so honored to have been able to know Gregory and I am devastated to learn about his passing. I will never forget you Gregory and my prayers go out to the Lee family. It deeply saddens me and I am so sorry for your loss. Rest in peace Gregory, you will be missed.
Posted by Maricel Manibo on 15th March 2017
Gregory was Natalie's first neighborhood friend. We have such fond memories of those innocent, happy days filled with nanny play dates and birthday parties. May you rest in peace, Gregory.
Posted by Julie Wash on 14th March 2017
Roy and I met Gregory when he was 15. He had this little business where he provided tech support for those of us that were challenged in this area. In the beginning he would come to our house and be very quiet, fix the problem and off he would go. Over the years as he grew into a young man we would have great conversations about books, travel, photography and other things we had in common. He was always kind to explain tech things to us, offer ideas on new software, apps, etc. We so shocked to hear of his passing. He was such a gentleman, sweet, and always with a smile. We are saddened more than words can say.....
Posted by Margaret Demers on 13th March 2017
Dearest Gregory.....you were like a son to us for so many years.....so many happy memories.....parties, dinners, trips to SF, a Ron White show at Paul Masson Winery (and harrowing effort to get there), the proms, and dances and going to the movies (supervised dates). We knew you from when you were ~2 yrs old....and we were delighted when you and Rachel became more than friends. Gregory, you were always the brightest kid, then the kindest young man.....and so helpful.....always having an answer to the latest app and giving, so generously, your time to help us create a memorial slide show for my brother when he passed.....I always thought there might be another chapter of experiences with you and now I know your grace has departed and lives in another realm. Luckily, I believe in parallel universes, so while our hearts break in this one, I know that our hearts are soaring with joy in another. We will love you and miss you until we meet again.
Posted by Diane Drewke on 13th March 2017
I remember his bar mitzvah and what an impressive job he did. What a lovely party it was and how he was such a great host. Albert still talks about it and what a great time was had by all. Also he and Ali were so kind to a toddler when he came to visit.
Posted by Paula Youde on 12th March 2017
Dear beth Alison and Doug I have just had the devastating news about Gregory. I know we have not been in contact but I am truly saddened by this and I am so sorry for your loss. He kept me on my toes when I was his nanny and I will never forget the time he said "Paula come to my bedroom I have something to show you" so I made my way to his bedroom and he told me to sit on his bed . He opened a harry potter book and starting reading word for word. Gregory was only 4 years old he was such a smart boy. God bless you Gregory I'm glad I had the plpleasure of being your nanny .. Sweet dreams Love paula
Posted by Mary Barsch on 11th March 2017
Dear Doug, Beth, and Alison, So many wonderful memories of Gregory......carpooling to Walden West, family trip to SF during holidays, using his photography skills and big brother patience for photo shoots for Ali and "the girls", experiencing fine dining with my girls, and keeping the Barschs in the 21st century with technology. Mostly I will treasure Gregory's kindness, generousity, curiousity, and unbelievable loyalty as a friend to Sarah and Elise. Thank you for sharing this amazing young man with us. Lots of love, Mary
Posted by Natasha Vergileva on 11th March 2017
My dear Beth, Doug and Alison... struggling to wrap my mind around the fact that Gregory is not here with us any more... I remember first time we met Gregory years ago during your remodeling project, and the very first few comments this kid made about the construction process left no doubts we were dealing with absolutely exceptional technical mind... just wish more time has been granted... With heavy heart, and lots of love, and prayers...Natasha
Posted by Susan Wytyshyn on 11th March 2017
It seemed that Gregory took a long time to come into this world, as I recall he kept his Mom in labor for awhile. (Probably didn't like the room) He was an amazing, talented young man, and adult. My memories are seeing him dancing with his beloved grandmother at Genny's 50th b'day party, swimming in the Gulf of Mexico on a 4th of July Holiday with us on Sanibel Island, taking it upon himself to clean after dinner, and then advising me that all my appliances were dirty and he would clean them all ESPECIALLY my blender...I said "go for it Gregory"! I remember always thinking there was no way anyone could surpass the brilliance of Doug, inventor superior, but then we would laugh at Doug trying to help Gregory with a school project..NOT...My last memory is at Bethalee"s 50th b'day party, and having him "try" to explain to me the meaning of the camera on his head...I am beyond sad and heartbroken at the loss of a brilliant young man, and for you, Beth, Doug and Alison, all my love.
Posted by Tamara Herman on 11th March 2017
Dear Doug, Beth and Ali, Loss of our Gregory is so tragic, and I wish I could find the right word for it. There is no such word, I can offer you my love And support. You are not the Family but IT feels like it. The fond memory goes back from 2011, when I was always sitting next to Gregory for High Holidays AT Shirhadash, Los Gatos. He was so loving and like an angel and totally filled the absence of my son and daughter. Thank you Gregory for such unforgettable moments. So Doug and Beth, you've raised a buitifull son, can be proud. When my mom's yehrtzeit was held in 2013, his presence gave me the incredible comfort, as coming from the best doctor in the world. The last time I saw you Gregory was at my house on Tursday, February 23, 2017 after 3:00 PM. You were with your loving mother, and my best friend Beth. It was a short visit, but my crepes filled with ground walnuts And pot of home made soup was attracting force. You really liked this European dessert. Later Beth texted me that both you and Doug actually loved them. And the fatal March 3rd, Friday 10:33 am when I was waiting for Beth to come and take some photos with your sofisticated camera of my dead's holocaust diary, the worst, unimaginable news came about your premature passing. R.I.P. My loving Gregory.
Posted by Rosemary Mark on 11th March 2017
Beth, Doug and Alison - I wish Beth that when we had lunch on Thursday we'd spoken about our Hapa children, especially Gregory. What a beautiful person you created. I smile while my heart breaks reading the tributes of his keen and charming personality, love of food and photography, and being such a good person. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Posted by Joanne Michael on 11th March 2017
Gregory, you continue to be a light in our lives. We met your parents long ago but remember well your precociousness and intelligence. You will never be forgotten. God had you in the palm of His hands before you were even born. He gave you two incredible parents and an amazing sister to help guide your way when you walked this earth. We know God STILL has you. In our memories, you will always be the boy with an intelligence and humor that made an indelible heart print. May God bless your family as they make their way without you.
Posted by Beth-Douglas-Alison Lee on 10th March 2017
One thing you find out quickly when living with Gregory is that "home automation" means that your home is no longer a passive entity. We were reminded frequently with lights turning on and off, music (mostly EDM) blaring unexpectedly at all hours of the day and night, televisions and radios coming on and off unexpectedly, and even yesterday, internet bandwidth problems because of secret wireless cameras watching the washing machine to alert the completion of its cycle. Did you know that wireless cameras continue to operate even after you unplug them; I didn't either. We were used to the various dings and clicks, beeps and warning warbles that caused the dog to go crazy at 3 in the morning (which makes the battery beep of a smoke alarm soothing). Our energy usage tripled when Gregory returned home (thankfully supplied by solar) and there was always a soft glow coming out of Gregory's room; was it the electromagnetic field or the soft hue of his smart lighting? Scooby liked it in there because it was a good 10 degrees warmer all the time. The house has been very quiet lately. We miss you Gregory.
Posted by Haley Kasof on 10th March 2017
I remember Gregory from elementary school. He was always so curious and seemed to know so many facts about all these little details down to every subject. I really wish I could have met up with him for coffee before his passing, if just to talk and catch up after years flew by. I know my mother got to join him and his mother for the Women's March in San Francisco, and I remember her speaking so fondly of seeing him. He was a wonderful person and was taken too soon. Rest in Peace Gregory, you'll always be missed dearly.
Posted by Sam West on 10th March 2017
I remember every day after school he and I would take the train to go home. He would selflessly buy me a slice of red velvet cake every Friday, and it was the brightest part of my week.
Posted by Diane Kay on 10th March 2017
Gregory must have been in maybe 6th grade? I don't quite remember but he was home alone and he called me asking what is a substitute for sour cream! He wanted to make waffles. I suggested yogurt and we both looked on line. He must have called me 3 or 4 times with different questions about the waffles and then silence for an hour or so. Suddenly a knock at the door and there was Gregory with a warm waffle for me! It was one of the sweetest things ever. I was so pleased that he felt comfortable calling me! He also loved to make flan and would borrow my flan pan often.....
Posted by Debi Tario on 10th March 2017
Douglas and Beth, I am so sorry for your loss. Heart feels heart aches for you both. With a heavy heart... With love and blessing Cousin Debi Lee Tario

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