Gregory Allan Friss
August 10, 1967 – November 1 ,2018
HANFORD - Gregory Allan Friss, musician, respiratory therapist and cyclist, died November 1 at Adventist Medical Center with his beloved wife, Debra, holding his hand and singing to him one of his favorite spiritual songs. He was 51. He had bravely battled metastatic prostate cancer for just over a year. He fought with grace and generosity, raising money for cancer research and supporting many online friends also struggling to enjoy every day despite the disease.
Born in Springfield, Mass., he graduated from Classical High School and attended UMass Amherst. He moved to California in 1993, met his future wife and married in 1995.
He was the third off our children born to the late Faith L. (Hubbard) Friss and Raymond E. Friss. In addition to his wife, he is survived by siblings, Gwendolyn Roiter of Mattapoisett, Mass., Glenn Friss and Patti Roy and husband Christian Roy of Colchester, Conn.; nieces and nephews Tess Roiter, Erica Mitchell, Christina Mitchell and Nicole Mitchell, Davin Roy, Thomas Friss and Andrew Roiter; brother-in- law's Gary Mitchell and wife Susie and Mike Mitchell; his aunt Carol Knybel (Victor Knybel) and several cousins.
Greg worked as a respiratory therapist and supervisor at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. He was grateful for the colleagues who reached out after his diagnosis, offering support and holding a festive lunch for his birthday in August. Greg (with his brother, Glenn) was an avid fan of Boston sports teams, especially the New England Patriots and the Boston Red Sox, celebrating with Red Sox nation when the team won the World Series this year. He and Debbie also supported and enjoyed their local team, as season ticket holder for the Fresno Grizzlies.
Greg and Debbie were member of The Quest Church in Fresno, where Greg helped set up the sound system. Greg played the drums, one of several instruments which he mastered.
Greg's generous spirit showed itself early. When his little sister, Patti, was heartbroken over a teenage breakup, he handed over his credit card and the keys to his prized Z28 Camaro so she could treat herself to some retail therapy.
Greg was a lifelong learner. He read and researched constantly, which led him to join an online worldwide cycling community and later to participate in several online groups of cancer survivors.
He was grateful to nurses and doctors who cared for him, especially Bryson Cancer Center and Sequoia Regional Cancer Center, Radiation Oncology.
Greg spoke often of his gratitude for Debbie, who was his friend, partner and the love of his life.
Donations in his name may be made the American Cancer Society. A Celebration of Greg's Life will be held on Saturday, December 1st from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Burris Park; 6500 Clinton Ave., Kingsburg, CA 93631.
Services by People's Funeral Chapel 584-5591.