Cdr Gregory H Bergh, USNR , ret., 70, former Naval Aviator and flight instructor, passed away Friday, July 21, 2017 at Beth-Israel Hospital, Newark, N.J.
He was predeceased by his parents, Harry W. Bergh and Margaret Forman Schwartz and his dear cousin, Marsha Stolts Schultz, who just passed in June.
He is survived by his two children, Nicholas Bergh of Columbus, Ohio and Allison Bergh of Long Branch, N.J.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Gary and Angela Bergh, L. Bradley and Jeannie Bergh; his sister and brother-in-law, Margee Lyon and Stuart Worthing, and his former wife, Amy Ingram. He also leaves behind his nieces and nephews, Erik and Gett Bergh, Matthew and Melissa Bergh, Cindy and Richard Bergh; grand nieces and nephews, his many dear cousins and a girlfriend, Carroll Gunnigle.
Greg was born in Lakewood, raised in Mantoloking and moved to Middletown at the age of 10. He graduated from Middletown Township H.S., N.J., received a BS degree in accounting from The University of Delaware, and an MBA in finance and marketing from Wichita State University.
Greg was a Naval Aviator. His passion with flying began when he served the Navy on his first tour in Norfolk, Va., when he took private flying lessons with some friends. He applied and was accepted into the Naval Aviation training program at Pensacola, Fla.
He eventually flew the P3 Orion for VP16 at NAS Jacksonville, Fla. He received Aviation Safety training at Monterey, Calif. Greg eventually was stationed overseas in Iceland, Sicily, and Atsugi, Japan, where he served as Aviation Safety Officer and flew the first Beechcraft King Air across the Pacific for the Navy. He then moved on after the military to serve as a pilot trainer with Beechcraft Corp. where he rewrote the manual for the Beechcraft King Air, flew for NASA at Wallops Island, Va., became Chief pilot for Bouchard Transportation & Beechcraft Corp. (Long Island) and chief pilot for Merck (Teterboro, N.J.). He was currently working for Flight Safety International, where he was a leader among the pilot trainers in Falcon Jets, having rewritten the manual for the airplane in cooperation with Dassault. He settled in Middletown, N.J. for 20 years until recently moving to Hackensack then Lodi.
Greg also had a passion for boating, swimming, and water skiing on Keuka Lake in Penn Yan with his family.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please send donations to the Keuka Comfort Care, 35 Rte. 54 East Lake Rd., Penn Yan, N.Y. 14527, or the American Heart Association.