Gregory Daniel Packish died unexpectedly on Monday, Oct 1 at his home in Edgartown. He was 47.

Greg was born in Oak Bluffs and grew up in Edgartown, graduating from the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. After high school Greg enlisted in the Marine Corps serving in Desert Storm. He was always proud to be a Marine.

An Island icon, Greg left an impression on everyone who had the privilege to meet him. He was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting, fishing and all adventures and mostly telling the tall tales of them all.

Greg will be remembered as a daredevil with the biggest heart, only surpassed by his smile that always lit up the room. He was a fierce and loyal friend. Family always came first and he kept everyone close.

Greg enjoyed entertaining and cooking for everyone. He fed many armies over the years with his charm and culinary skills at all hours of the day and night.

Greg is survived by his mother, Noreen Bettencourt; his son, Steven Packish; aunts and uncles, Mike and Maria Bettencourt, Bruce Bettencourt, Susan Bettencourt, Mardell Francis, Theresa Baptiste, Emmy Frank, Grace Rogers and George Packish; his Bettencourt cousins, Catherine, Susan, Paul, Mark, Michael, Eric, Matt, Elizabeth, Kellie, Dan, Tim and Greg. He is also survived by many cousins on the Packish side of the family.

Greg is predeceased by his father, Richard Francis Packish, his uncles Peter Bettencourt, Daniel Bettencourt and John Bettencourt and an aunt, Mary Bettencourt.

A memorial funeral mass will be celebrated in St. Elizabeth’s Church, Main street, Edgartown on Sat., Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. and interment will follow in the New Westside Cemetery, Robinsons Road, Edgartown.

Donations may be made in his memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or at

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home in Oak Bluffs. Visit for online guest book and information.