Ridgell, Gregory Thomas
Birth: Monday, August 11, 1930
Residence: Mechanicsville, Maryland
Death: Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the age of 85
Laid to Rest: in the St. Michael’s Catholic Church Cemetery, Ridge, Maryland
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Gregory Thomas "Brother" Ridgell, 85, of Mechanicsville, MD passed peacefully away on November 19th, 2015 at the Charlotte Hall Veteran's Home with his daughter at his side. He was the son of the late Austin "Buck" and Cecilia Ridgell of Scotland, Maryland and husband of the late Marilyn Ridgell.
He is preceded in death by his brothers Leslie, Gus (Austin), and George and his sisters Cecelia "Flip" Titus and Grace Pratt. He is survived by his daughter Diane and his sisters Catherine Dean, Eleanor Tippett, Clara Norris and Susanna Wolf.
He joined the Air Force in 1950 and served in the Korean War. He spent 26 years in San Francisco before moving to Maryland with his family. He had a Forth Degree Honorary Life Membership in the St. Francis Assembly #43 Knights of Columbus Council in San Francisco. He spent many of his later years as an usher at Our Lady of the Wayside in Chaptico.
His many occupations included: janitor, gardener and subway driver for the Senate where he was known for always whistling a happy tune.
He loved playing the slots, cardsÂ—especially pinochle, golf, bowling, gardening, fishing and watching baseball, but the thing he loved most was enjoying a great meal out and telling stories and jokes with his loved ones. He was known for his grin, his easy-going attitude and his love for others.
The family will receive friends on Friday, November 27, 2015 from 5:00 PM Â– 8:00 PM with prayers recited at 7:00 PM in St. Michael's Catholic Church, Ridge, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, November 28, 2015 at 10: AM in St. Michael's Catholic Church Ridge, MD with Father Peter Giovanoni officiating, and Father Joseph Bayne con celebrating.
Interment will be held at a late date in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Charlotte Hall Veterans Home 29449 Charlotte Hall Road Charlotte Hall, MD 20622 and/or Hospice of St. Mary's P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD 20650. Arrangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home.