After dealing valiantly for 6 months with pancreatic cancer, Gregory M. Bokor died peacefully at his home in Cape Elizabeth, Maine on June 2, 2013.
Born in Washington, D.C. on October 8, 1968 to George and Birgit Bokor , Greg earned a BA in Biology from Hood College in 1995 and subsequently researched terrapins in Cremona. After working as a carpenter for his brother, George, Greg made a career in the D.C. area as project manager in high-end construction.
Greg married Maggie Hickman in Edgewater, MD on July 27, 2003. They moved to Cape Elizabeth in 2007, where Greg continued his profession as owner of Matrix Construction. Greg had accepted a new position with Red Phoenix construction in Topsfield, MA just months before being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Greg leaves his deeply beloved wife, Maggie, and dog, Sam. Survivors also include his father, George Bokor of Clarksburg, MD; sister Solveig Locke of Middletown, MD: brother George Bokor and his wife Sherri of Boyds, MD; in addition to nieces and nephews Lauren Bokor; Hannah, Nick, Andrew and Jamie Locke.
Known for his bright smile and willingness to help, Greg was a kind, generous and gentle soul who touched the lives of all who met him. He had a deep appreciation for the world of nature and a childlike curiosity about is revelations. He enjoyed hiking and kayaking with Maggie, whom he simply adored.
He shared with Maggie the dream of a simple, open life in Maine; and despite the devastating blow of his diagnosis, Greg’s courage, grace and humility drew an incredible outpouring of love and support from an extraordinary community of friends and family who shared Greg’s journey. In Greg’s own words, their many acts of kindness “deepened my relationships, brought me to a lighter place, and changed my perspective on life more than anything I’ve ever experienced.”
A celebration of Greg’s life is being planned for some time in the future.In lieu of flowers, please go to Loving Greg Bokor.com to send a brief story, remembrance or message.
Greg’s Story: In December, our friend Greg Bokor was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer–an aggressive cancer, a deadly cancer. It is advanced, has metastasized in his liver, and is beyond surgery.
Chemotherapy is the only medical treatment available for Greg’s cancer, so, as part of a multifaceted approach toward total healing and recovery, Greg has begun the most aggressive course of chemotherapy available for him. Greg and Maggie are determined to do everything they can to reclaim Greg’s health, and have assembled a team of professionals that includes a nutritionist, an acupuncturist, a naturopathic doctor, and Greg’s forward-thinking primary care physician.
This experience comes to Greg and Maggie as a great and sudden surprise. Greg characteristically takes the most positive approach to everything in life and has always lived an active and healthy lifestyle. He is facing this challenge with a courageous, hopeful, and open spirit.
Greg is on medical leave from work because of the extremes of the treatment. The chemotherapy takes 6 or 7 days out of every two weeks, as Greg receives and then recovers from the treatment. The cost of the adjunct therapies along with their loss of stable income mean that Greg and Maggie must reach out to the community for financial help. Since April, they have begun to live off the kind donations from their community. Their savings are gone and their need is now.
We have one chance to move Greg toward health and wish to take advantage of every precious moment. Anything that you can do to help will be greatly appreciated.