George W. Gregory, a former Essex County prosecutor and a longtime resident of Montclair, died on Dec. 13, 2022, after struggling with the effects of several strokes. He was 94.

Mr. Gregory was born in 1928 to Ruth Howe Watkins and George W. Gregory Sr. in Newark.

He was a graduate of Seton Hall University and of its law school.

Mr. Gregory, who was known as Jack or Jackie to many, believed in education and hard work. He wore different career hats during his lifetime, including lawyer, educator and corporate executive. 

He was a learned man who was considered an intellectual and a philosopher by his peers and family. He would often hold court within the room of any event and talk for hours over good food and wine.  

Throughout his life, if he wasn’t working, he enjoyed reading, listening to Miles Davis or whizzing down a ski slope.

Mr. Gregory’s professional accomplishments were many, but he always said his greatest achievement was his family. 

He is survived by his beloved wife, Jacquelyn Chapman; his four children from his first marriage, Ray Hollar Gregory, Stacey L. Howell, George Wayne Gregory and Jacqueline Gregory Langley; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and his two cats, Moondance and Sundance.

A private memorial will be held at a future date.

Arrangements were by Rowe Funeral Home, Morristown.