GLOUCESTER — Chief Eric Smith regrets to announce the death of Firefighter Gregory G. Marchant.
Firefighter Marchant, age 55, joined the Gloucester Fire Department in November 1994, and served the City of Gloucester for 27 years. He died this morning after complications from a recent surgery.
He leaves a loving wife and two daughters, as well as many family members.
“Greg was a truly exceptional person. He loved the fire service, and was happiest when he knew his work would be making a positive impact and helping others,” Chief Smith said. “This is a tremendous loss for our department, and the city. We extend our deepest condolences to his family.”
A skilled and knowledgeable member of the department, Firefighter Marchant also served as the driver of Engine-3 Bayview for many years.
As a talented finish carpenter and woodworker Firefighter Marchant completed numerous projects in the department including a Command Center in the Shift Commanders SUV, refinished the wood floors at Fire Headquarters several times and helped to replace old worn kitchens in multiple fire stations. He never hesitated to help get a job done and enjoyed working on a project that made the stations better.
Arrangements will be announced in the coming days.
Firefighter Marchant’s family asks that members of the media respect their privacy during this difficult time.