Gregory Emil Petach, age 50, died April 17, 1998 in Salt Lake City, Utah of the disease of drug addiction, against which he fought an ongoing but courageous battle for thirty three years. Gregg had been clean and sober for two years at the time of his death; however, everyday clean and sober required a Herculean effort. Those of us that fight this battle know that there are some of us that are unable to choose to live.
Born September 24, 1947 in Leonardo, New Jersey, son of Emil and Estelle Volodkevich Petach. Married his best friend and long time companion of many years, Virginia Jane Snodgrass, February 17, 1998. Greg was a seafaring man whose grand passion was the ocean. He likened his obsession with heroin to the fabled "Sirens Song" that drew many to their deaths in the sea. On the day of his death he once again heard and choose to follow the "Sirens Song."He was so very proud of his daughters, Nichol and Reyna, and loved them enough to stay away all those years. Greg fancied himself an outlaw, indeed many felt so. Those of us close to him the last 10 years were able to see beyond the behaviors to the incredible human soul beneath. He will be missed by those of us he loved and who loved him. He will be remembered and treasured because of the flaws never in spite of them.
Survived by his wife and companion, Virginia, now of San Francisco; daughters: Nichol and Reyna, both of New Jersey; mother, Estelle; brothers: Paul, Peter, Daniel, Tommy and Jeffrey; sister, Diane. Preceded in death by his father and beloved grandfather "jadock," George Volodkevich.
At Greg's request, he was cremated in Salt Lake City and his ashes will be scattered at sea off the coast of San Diego. Under the direction of McDougal Funeral Home.
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