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Obituary for Gregory A. Washington

January 14, 2019
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Gregory A. Washington, of Philadelphia, passed away surrounded by his family on January 14, 2019 at the age of 64. Gregory is predeceased by his brother Frederick Washington. He is survived by his loving children Gregory Williams and his wife, Donisha, Sharita Flaherty (Washington) and her husband, Ryan, Annette Washington, Marcus Washington and his fiancé, Shari, Cynthia Knuckles (Washington) and her husband, Shawn, his step-son, Shawn Jones, and his 19 grandchildren.

Gregory Aric Washington was a proud veteran, Philadelphian, and father. Gregory was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on April 3, 1954, to his mother, Sarah Washington and father, Thomas Williams. On June 18, 1956, Greg became a proud big brother to the late Frederick Washington. Fred and Greg grew up in North Philadelphia, surrounded by numerous maternal aunts, uncles, and cousins. Gregory attended Dobbins High School from 1968 to 1972, and at the age of 18, Gregory enlisted in the United States Army. He bravely served active duty as a Sergeant, Combat Engineer stationed in Germany and Vietnam; he served in Vietnam from 1973 to 1974. After several years of loyal service to his country, Gregory was Honorably Discharged on December 31, 1975.

Gregory became a proud father on June 1, 1977, when his first son, Gregory Dwayne Williams, was born. Greg would go to father four more children each of whom he adored – Sharita Sarah Flaherty (Washington) born on January 7, 1981; Annette Marie Washington born July 5, 1983; Marcus Aric Washington born May 7, 1984; and Cynthia Esther Knuckles (Washington) born August 6, 1986. Gregory took immense pride in the parents, professionals, and partners and spouses that his five children had become. Gregory was blessed to have nineteen beautiful grandchildren with one on the way! They are, Amaiyah Williams, Kordell Williams, Myles Williams, Masir Williams, Amir Williams, Mocha Williams, Raini Williams, Omar Felder, Rasheen Washington, Jeremiah Festus, Nariyah Festus, Patience Washington Perry, Prince Washington Perry, Mercedes Washington, Iyana Knuckles, Shawn Knuckles Jr., Luciano Knuckles, August Knuckles, Londyn Knuckles (due any day!), and Chase Washington. Gregory was also twice married and divorced.

Gregory was a diehard Philadelphia Eagles fan! He bled Eagles green to his dying day, and was ecstatic to see them (finally) become Super Bowl Champions! Gregory worked hard his entire life – after his time in the U.S. military, he worked as a construction laborer for over a decade; a steel mill worker and crane operator for over a decade, and a press operator and utility worker for almost a decade before he reluctantly retired in 2010 due to blindness in his left eye. Upon retirement he returned to his Philadelphia roots to immerse himself with family and childhood friends (i.e. the gentleman of Slick, Inc.). With the support of his children and son-in-law, Ryan, Greg battled fiercely for over three years and won against an aggressive cancer.

Gregory was an avid swimmer, and in his youth worked many summers as a lifeguard; he often referred to himself as a "shark in the water!" Last, but definitely not least, Gregory was the life of any party; his charisma and charm proceeded him, and he was often referred to as "The Wash". Nothing pleased Greg more than to see that this charm and vitality was passed onto his children.

Relatives and friends are invited to share in Gregory's Life Celebration on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 beginning at 11:00 AM followed by his Funeral Service at 12:00 PM at John F. Givnish Life Celebration Home 10975 Academy Rd. Phila, PA 19154. Interment Washington Crossing National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions to Vietnam Veterans of America would be greatly appreciated. To donate visit

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