Gregory J. Platt passed away on Monday, July 19, at Hope Health Hulitar Hospice Center after a long battle with colorectal cancer. He was 74.
Greg was born on April 12, 1947, in New Haven, Connecticut, to the late Edward A. and Margaret A. (Steeves) Platt. Greg was proud of his service in the Army National Guard. After serving he moved to Rhode Island, residing most of his adult life in Washington County. He worked various jobs including firearms sales, antiques, carpentry, and real estate. He was a skilled tradesman and was often called upon when his children needed assistance with carpentry projects. Greg was a free and accepted mason, and a longtime member of Charity Lodge #23. He was actively involved in local politics serving as chair of the tax board of review as well as on the school committee. He spent his final years residing in the loving care of his daughter Deborah and son-in-law Paul.
Greg enjoyed shooting; buying and selling antiques; and spending time with family. He was passionate about history, often imparting his knowledge on anyone willing to listen. His favorite past times including finding a treasure and sharing it with his daughters as well as going to the range with his grandsons. He was an avid storyteller, and enjoyed sharing his childhood escapades with his grandsons, often to the chagrin of their mothers. Greg was strong willed and stubborn, a fighter to the end.
He is survived by three daughters, Deborah L. Bento of Wood River Junction, Rhode Island, Jamie C. Platt of Houston, Texas, and Karen A. Manor of Westerly, Rhode Island, his four grandchildren Alexander R. Holloway, Natasha M. Bento, Joseph M. Barber, and Ian G. Bento as well as three siblings, Theodore A. Platt, and Margaret P. Platt both of Wallingford, Connecticut and Robert L. Platt of Kelso, Washington. He was proceeded in death by his brother Brigadier General Ariel E. Platt formerly of Southington, Connecticut.
Gregory will be cremated and his ashes laid to rest at the White Brook Cemetery in Richmond, RI.
A calling hour will be held on Thursday, August 5th from 4-5 Pm at The Masonic Lodge, Charity Lodge # 23, 3965 South County Trail, Charlestown, RI 02813. A service will immediately follow the calling hour.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to charity lodge to benefit the annual scholarship fund. Donations may be dropped off at the lodge or mailed to Charity Lodge C/O Russell Lorenson 322 Skunk Hill Road, Exeter, RI, 02822.
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