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January 4, 1947 - June 22, 2022
Burial Date: July 1, 2022
A celebration of Gregory’s life will be held on Friday July 1, 2022 at 11am at Zion Baptist Church, 137 Pearl Street, Waterbury CT. Viewing hours from 9-11am. with family arriving at 9:30am. Interment to follow at New Pine Grove Cemetery. James R. Sanders, Funeral Director and Colonial Funerals are handling the arrangements. Condolences may be expressed at Colonialfunerals.com.
Gregory Brian Walton passed away on June 22, 2022. He was born on January 4, 1947 in Waterbury, CT to the late Carroll R. Walton and Helen Stevens Walton. Gregory Walton was a scholar of the books and of life. He excelled in his matriculation through Southern Connecticut University obtaining his Bachelor of Science and Fairfield University accomplishing his Master of Arts in Education. His quest for knowledge never ceased as he loved to learn and was well versed in many areas of History, African American cultural relevance and politics. He enjoyed watching sports favoriting the NY Knicks, NY Mets and anything UCONN and old western movies. Gregory served 33 years at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work as an accomplished Program Manager. This is where he was responsible for development and delivery of training in Management, Supervision, and Cultural Competency. He retired with integrity from the State of Connecticut in 2011. After retiring, he fulfilled his entrepreneurial dream of owning and operating a family business. At the time of his passing, he was actively writing a historical non-fiction novel on the Presidential Reconstruction from the African American perspective.
Gregory Brian Walton was a man of Faith, Family and Service. He was an actively involved member of his home church Mt. Olive AME Zion Church, of Waterbury, CT. Gregory was the Treasurer of the Trustee Board, Co-Chair of Men’s Day, and member of the Men’s Choir. He cherished the times he was able to contribute to service with song, taking the lead on several occasions. He volunteered for over twenty- five years with the Thresholds program at the Cheshire Correctional Institute which is an all-volunteer organization which trains volunteers to teach inmates decision-making and problem-solving skills.
There are so many things Gregory did that will carry on in future generations but mostly his legacy is rooted in Love, Consistency and Devotion. He was a pillar in all the lives he touched. A pillar of strength, a source of knowledge and a perpetual force of love. Love of God and his Friends and Family was a driving force in his life which permeated through every interaction with him. He has many childhood friends that he considered family.
He was devoted to supporting his wife and family, he consistently and constantly showed up however he could to lend a hand and a laugh. He proved to be a tangible manifestation of God’s love and faithfulness.
Our beloved Greg began his eternal rest on the evening of June 22, 2022 when he joined his beloved family who went before him. Besides his loving wife, Pamela Trotman of 21 years, he leaves to cherish his memory; one daughter: Nena Walton of Waterbury, one son: Chaz Walton (Monica) of Waterbury; niece-daughter Loren Trotman-Settles (Bryant) of Raleigh, NC; brother Ronald Carroll Walton, mother-in-law: Madeline Trotman; one sister-in-law: Deborah Whitfield of Indianapolis, IN; two brother-in laws: Sidney Trotman (Laurie) of Bristol CT; Travis Trotman (Anna) of Waterbury; four grandchildren: Chole K. Walton, Chaz D. Walton II, Ava A. Walton, and Che Gregory Walton as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.
A celebration of Gregory’s life will be held on Friday July 1, 2022 at 11am. at Zion Baptist Church, 137 Pearl Street, Waterbury CT. Viewing hours from 9-11am. with family arriving at 9:30am. Interment to follow at New Pine Grove Cemetery. Funeral services are entrusted to James R. Sanders, Funeral Director and Colonial Funerals. Condolences may be expressed at Colonialfunerals.com.
The service will be streamed live on Zion Baptist Church Facebook page – @zionwtby