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Gregory C Giordano
February 17, 1965 - July 24, 2020
Guitarist, Beatles Super Fan
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Gregory C. Giordano passed away peacefully on Friday, July 24, 2020 at his home in Parsippany, N.J. He was 55 years old.
Although, in his youth, he traveled with his family in a motorhome to nearly every state in the continental United States, he spent all of his life in Parsippany. He was a graduate of Parsippany High School, where he could be found with fellow musicians jamming afterschool at The Guitar Club (as pictured above). From the very first notes of “Day Tripper” — which he played over and over as he first learned — he was hooked on the guitar, like his preferred form of expression.
Greg was injured in a 1983 car accident which left him partially paralyzed… “and, boy, he had to carry that weight, carry that weight, a long time.” But, he was able to live on his own for more than 25 years in an apartment that vividly expressed his love for music. He had a vast collection of records, CDs, DVDs, even old cassettes and eight-track tapes that covered the apartment walls along with posters and music memorabilia from his favorite bands. He had a collection of guitars, which he could no longer play (but his friends did!) and a true appreciation for many musical genres, including jazz (which he learned to love from his father), heavy metal, contemporary, pop, soul and, of course, classic rock but, above all, he was a Beatles “Super Fan.”
His apartment was the cool hang-out spot and he “got by with a little help from his friends,” especially life-long best friend, Parkway South bandmate, and one of the truly good-guys, George Vuolo, who was like a brother and always showed-up for Greg; his partying buddy Howie Larkin, with whom he shared many drinks, many laughs and a lot of good times; James Cina, a saint, who did literally everything and anything for Greg the past few years and Kristine Lariccis, the night-nurse who cared for him the last six months of his life and made him feel loved. All four spent time with Greg on his final day.
He was predeceased by his father, Gerald Giordano. He is survived by his very loving mother, Joan Babiak, and his extremely dedicated sister, Joanne Giordano; both spent their entire lives caring for his every need and granting most of his many wishes, as well as his brother Jerry Giordano. Greg was “Daddy” to four cats that he adored: Josie, Ajax, Buddy and Baby.
“The long and winding road” of his life was never easy, but he was generous to his friends and grateful for everything he received, whether a new CD or a little kindness. Above all, he understood the profound wisdom of the Beatles, especially the secret-to-life message in his favorite song: “And, in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”
Golden Slumbers Greg!
A private service will be held, with the people who visited him when he was alive, to scatter some of his ashes. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in memory of Gregory Giordano to Parsippany Rockaway Neck First Aid; make check payable to Rockaway Neck First Aid Squad (who, on several occasions, kindly assisted Greg) and mail to P.O. Box 41, Lake Hiawatha, N.J. 07034.