The Obit For Greg Montalbano

Gregory Joseph Montalbano

Published in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette on 8/23/2009

Gregory Joseph Montalbano, 31, of Westborough, died at home with his family on August 21, 2009, after repeatedly throwing every pitch in his repertoire at his 13-year battle with cancer.

Born in Worcester, Mass., on August 24, 1977, he was the beloved son of Sharon (Sowa) and Andrew Montalbano, cherished brother of Kristen and loving boyfriend to Dana Hotchkiss. He is also survived by his grandmother Lorraine Sowa of Westborough as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Greg attended St. John's High School in Shrewsbury, taking the mound for the Pioneers, who were state finalists his senior year. He graduated in 1995 and went on to pitch for the Northeastern University Huskies while attaining a degree in Industrial Engineering. He was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the fifth round of the 1999 amateur baseball draft. He signed with the team in 2000 and played in their minor league system for five years with the Lowell Spinners, Sarasota Red Sox, Trenton Thunder and Portland Sea Dogs. In 2001, he was named Minor League Pitcher of the Year for the Trenton Thunder. After his release from the Red Sox, he played for the Worcester Tornadoes, which won the Can-Am League championship in its inaugural season. He was inducted into the Northeastern University Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005.

Greg finished out his baseball career in 2006 and worked as an engineer for Martell Associates in Ashland, Mass. An Eagle Scout, he loved the outdoors and was an avid fly fisherman, ice fisherman and hunter.

Giving back was very important to Greg. He was an assistant coach for both St. John's High School Baseball and South End Baseball. He educated high school and college students throughout Massachusetts about testicular cancer awareness. He loved speaking at Jimmy Fund Golf tournaments and during the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon.

Visitation will be held on his birthday, Monday, August 24, from 4 to 8 PM at St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 70 West Main Street, Westborough. His funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Luke the Evangelist Church on Tuesday, August 25, at 10:30 AM. Burial will follow in St. Luke's Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to St. John's High School Baseball, 378 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 or Northeastern University Baseball, 219 Cabot Center, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 are appreciated.