ForeverMissed

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 Cynthia Lam on March 3, 2022
Gregory, we always think of you whenever we see a hawk flying over us. Always flying free and high.

Posted by Ginette Schnell on March 3, 2022
My Darlin Kiddo,

Never, ever will I forget this very day 5 years ago. It can't be so, this has to be a mistake. : (

Greg, you are so very missed and will forever have a big spot in my heart that belongs to us.

I love you, till we meet again.

Mom #2
Posted by Carol Leonard on March 3, 2022
Thinking of kind Gregory and his family today. I have a few really special memories of Gregory... meeting him when he was really young and he read with extreme excitement the Teletubbies book to me. Later, patiently teaching my husband and I about the Google glasses he was wearing at his mom's birthday party, and then a very passion driven SF trip where Gregory met up with me and his mom to take us to a favorite spot for lunch, and then Boba. It was always so fun to be around Gregory. May his family and friends continue to find comfort and peace in these shared memories. Much love
Posted by Rosemary Mark on March 3, 2022
In reading many of the tributes today I am learning more about your beautiful amazing Gregory, and would have so loved meeting him. Sending your family continued strength for holding your loving memories dear with less pain.
Posted by Viola Buitoni on March 3, 2022
Beth - my heart is with you and your family, always and today especially.
Posted by Tamara Herman on March 3, 2022
Dear Gregory:
On your anniversary, a day I’ll never forget
You are in my prayers as a kindest young man.
R.I.P. and know how much I love you!
Posted by Beth-Douglas-Alison Lee on January 23, 2022
Gregory - Papa left us yesterday (1/22/22) to be with you. Hope you can finally teach him how to use all the new technology and have his Rocky Road ice cream ready for him. He has missed you so very much.
Posted by Beth-Douglas-Alison Lee on January 15, 2022
What dad said - hope you and Scooby are taking care of each other. I keep thinking I could not miss you more but I do every day. We had a simple but delicious dinner to celebrate and of course, banana cake for dessert. Send the hawk for a visit. Love, Mom, Dad and Ali
Posted by Beth-Douglas-Alison Lee on January 15, 2022
Happy Birthday (yesterday) GTL. 
We miss you every day; have fun with Scooby!
Posted by Rosemary Mark on March 3, 2021
Gregory -- I know you would be so proud of the work you mom has done in her food world, and especially her current venture. Your energy and cooking mastery are surely guiding her now.
Posted by kappn kappa on March 3, 2021
I think about you a lot Gregory. It's a pain to not be able to share my adventures with you. At one point you were one of the only ones I would speak to about regarding all things technology and I will always remember the things we tinkered with. I will keep on keeping on, and my heart goes out to Beth, your family, and extended family of friends and loved ones.
Posted by Rosemary Mark on January 14, 2021
I never met Gregory but wish I had. I will always want to hear the stories and see photos of Gregory's cooking adventures. My thoughts are with you all, especially today on the celebration of his 26th year in your hearts.
Posted by Beth-Douglas-Alison Lee on January 14, 2021
Happy 26th Birthday Gregory. We love and miss you always.
Posted by Cynthia Lam on January 14, 2021
Fred & I were happy to spend this past weekend with Beth, Doug, and Alison. We are missing you Gregory. We continue to keep your family close and hope to fill our futures with happy memories. 

Love the Lams
Posted by Sarah Barsch on January 5, 2021
The holidays were best spent in the company of the Lee family. We had this tradition of going to San Francisco the weekend before Christmas to see the city's decorations, buy some last minute Christmas presents, and most importantly, eat really good food.

Gregory always mastered this season with his especially abundant generosity. I remember a story my sister told me about how he saw a scarf that he knew would look really good on her. When he noticed her eyeing it, but not willing to buy it for herself, he stealthily bought it behind her back and surprised her with the scarf. He was full of those surprises, and had an eye for nice things. But they were more than "things," they were a symbol of his always attentive friendship. He always noticed you, he always listened, he was so attuned to the people he cared about.

Gregory always had an open door. Alison and I were best friends growing up and I spent the night at the Lee's as much as I could. Though I would come to have sleepovers with Ali, the bathroom that connected Ali's and Gregory's room was a path to a wonderful friendship with Gregory, too. Gregory would pirate any movie Ali and I wanted to watch, offer the perfect compliment that always made you feel better about the thing you were feeling insecure about, and was always, always willing and present for a conversation.

I miss you extra this holiday season, Gregory. Happy memories of my childhood can't exist without you among them. Rest easy, Gregory.
Posted by Viola Buitoni on March 3, 2020
Thinking of you all on this difficult day.
Posted by Tamara Herman on March 3, 2020
Dearest Gregory:
You are in my heart, caring  the fondest
Memories of your love and kindness,
From the first moment I met you I felt a strong
Connection. Thank you for getting to know you
And your wonderful mom, dad and sister.
Your grandparents Always talk about you when we get together, they are amazing.
R.I.P. Gregory. On this 3rd anniversary the memories of you are so great because you’re are so special.
❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Love,
Tamara
Posted by Jay Reich on March 3, 2020
Gregory, it is impossible to believe you have been gone for 3 years. You have been greatly missed by many people, more than you could possibly imagine. Cousin Jay
Posted by Cynthia Lam on January 14, 2020
Gregory Thomas Lee, the Lams are thinking of you and missing you today. We are lucky to have your family in our lives.  Everytime we see a bird soaring we think that your spirit is looking over us.
Posted by Rosemary Mark on January 14, 2020
Gregory - You would be so proud of your mom sharing her passion for cooking, photography, and her memories of creating with you. She is a star!
Posted by Viola Buitoni on January 14, 2020
Thinking of you, your family and all the wonders you’ve left.

Dear Beth-i love you much.
Posted by Tamara Herman on January 14, 2020
Today is your 25th birthday dear Gregory,
I called you Greg. You’ve been missed so ... much.
You are stil My Loving and beautiful young man
With a big hart.
R.I.P. darling.
Love,
Tamara
Posted by Tamara Herman on October 9, 2019
Dear Gregory,
You are not only on this Yom Kippur in my thoughts, forever remembered as a kind
Young man, who was near me at the services or when your mom drove us to Oakland , spice shop.
Love,
Tamara
Posted by Orly Jaffe on October 8, 2019
Gregory, your mother created the most beautiful post and jam in your honor. You would be so proud, sharing it here. https://omgyummy.com/strawberry-raspberry-jam/?et_bloom_popup=true
I missed spending Rosh Hashana with you and the family this year but hope to visit your parents and enjoy a taste of jam together in your honor along with a glass of Rosé. As I shared with your mom, memories and healing through food. Leaving thoughts of rosé, apples and honey for you. Forever in our thoughts, forever missed. Wishing all souls a Shana Tova and Gmar Hatima Tova.
Posted by John Urspringer on May 18, 2019
Hey buddy, your still in my thoughts a lot. I miss you so much, I don't think I'll ever get over losing you Greg. I've been on the road to recovery for almost 15 months, if only you were here to explore it with me :(. I miss all our long conversations. I was thinking of our fight back in 2015 when I was in Vegas. I felt guilty because I don't think I ever got to apologize, since we got disconnected when I went to rehab. It was minor but it just came to my mind, you came through for me even though I was acting like a child. That's why you were so awesome Greg, you were one of the most understanding & kind people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting. I cherish all the years we had together.
:(
Love you buddy
Posted by Beth-Douglas-Alison Lee on April 2, 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 March 4, 2019
R.I.P Gregory. Heaven needed you more than us. We’ll all get together one day.
Posted by Orly Jaffe on March 3, 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 January 15, 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 January 14, 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 January 14, 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 January 14, 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 January 3, 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 March 3, 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 March 3, 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 March 3, 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 January 16, 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 January 15, 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 January 14, 2018
I miss you and love you from the bottom
Of my heart sweat Gregory.
Posted by Karen Ahearn on April 29, 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 April 20, 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 April 10, 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 April 4, 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 April 3, 2017
Just prayers and love to all. Love Jodi
Posted by Georgia Barber on March 24, 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 March 23, 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 March 19, 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 March 17, 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 March 17, 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 March 17, 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
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Posted by Cynthia Lam on March 3, 2022
Gregory, we always think of you whenever we see a hawk flying over us. Always flying free and high.

Posted by Ginette Schnell on March 3, 2022
My Darlin Kiddo,

Never, ever will I forget this very day 5 years ago. It can't be so, this has to be a mistake. : (

Greg, you are so very missed and will forever have a big spot in my heart that belongs to us.

I love you, till we meet again.

Mom #2
Posted by Carol Leonard on March 3, 2022
Thinking of kind Gregory and his family today. I have a few really special memories of Gregory... meeting him when he was really young and he read with extreme excitement the Teletubbies book to me. Later, patiently teaching my husband and I about the Google glasses he was wearing at his mom's birthday party, and then a very passion driven SF trip where Gregory met up with me and his mom to take us to a favorite spot for lunch, and then Boba. It was always so fun to be around Gregory. May his family and friends continue to find comfort and peace in these shared memories. Much love
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Shared by Susan Wytyshyn on March 3, 2022
How long it took for you to come into our lives. So sad that you left too soon. Watching you dance with your grandma at Genny’s over the too bday extravaganza!  You are always in our he

A single camellia

Shared by Carol Leonard on January 18, 2021
I went for a walk on Gregory’s 26th birthday and a single camellia crossed my path. I stopped and shot the photo - Gregory would be proud. I didn’t stop there, I looked it up, and here is what I found...

“Pink camellias symbolize a longing for someone and is given to someone who is missed.”
I’m convinced the hard days open our eyes to remind us what’s most important in life. Sending love to his family and friends on his birthday. I will keep thinking of Gregory. I know how much he is missed. 

Hawaii Memorial video Gregory Thomas Lee and Mary Hong Lee

Shared by Beth-Douglas-Alison Lee on April 2, 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