Gregory Clark Bessler, 65, passed away peacefully at his home on December 8, 2023, in Almont, Michigan after a long and valiant battle against cancer. Born on April 30, 1958, in Akron, Ohio, he was the first of two children of William and Shari Bessler. Growing up in the Cuyahoga Valley, he graduated from Revere High School in 1976. Greg owned his own painting business in the Akron area for many years. In 2006, he moved to Almont to be closer to family. He retired as a quality control inspector from MNP Corporation in November of 2022.
Greg had many passions in life, of which music was arguably the most important. This was instilled in him as a child while listening to his grandfather Henry Staffin’s record collection. He loved rock and roll, everything from classics like Queen to alternative bands like Creed. One of the highlights of his life was meeting Freddie Mercury while working at the Richfield Coliseum.
Another one of Greg’s passions was fishing. This developed from his father’s love of fishing, growing up on Indigo Lake, and family trips to Rice Lake every summer. He enjoyed both freshwater fishing in the lakes of Ohio and saltwater fishing during vacations to North Carolina.
An avid gardener, every summer at his home in Almont, Greg would have a garden with tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and other vegetables that he would share with neighbors and friends. The attention to detail that he put into taking care of the plants was second to none.
Greg was a devoted Cleveland Browns fan. He held season tickets for many years and his home was full of Browns memorabilia. He also enjoyed watching the Cleveland Indians and the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Greg’s love for animals was a trait he attributed to his mother. He had the companionship of several pets over the years, including Norman, Beaker, Buckey, and Cali. They were all like family to Greg and he treated them as such.
Family and friends will always remember Greg’s sarcastic sense of humor. One of his favorite lines was, “do what you want, you will anyway!” Always a jokester, he had a mischievous smile that usually came out when he was thinking of something funny.
He is survived by his sister Kathy Ullom, his nephew Nicolas Duvoisin, his niece Brandy Pewinski, and his cat Cali.
A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, June 22, 2024 at Indigo Lake in Peninsula, Ohio.
In lieu of sending flowers, donations can be made to your local Humane Society or the American Cancer Society.