In Memoriam: Mr. Eric McGregor

Mr. Eric McGregor, Regis High School’s longtime Building Superintendent, passed away on July 4, 2020. McGregor, who had been battling health problems in recent months, suffered a stroke last week while in the hospital.

For the past two decades, Mr. McGregor oversaw and maintained Regis High School’s landmark building. He managed the school’s Maintenance Staff and was a friend to many current and former faculty and staff members.

“It’s difficult to imagine life at Regis without Eric,” Regis President Fr. Daniel K. Lahart, SJ, said. “His careful, expert stewardship kept our building fully operational and beautiful. His kindness and keen sense of humor will be sorely missed by Regis staff, students, parents, and alumni alike. I ask the Regis community to join me in praying for the McGregor family.”

This spring, Mr. McGregor celebrated his 20th anniversary working at Regis. The 2020 edition of the Regian, the school's yearbook, marked this milestone with a brief appreciation of his service written by Vice President for Operations Mr. Joseph Amatrucola.

"Every school day, before most members of our community have even opened their eyes, one staff member has already arrived at the school building, turned on the lights, checked the boiler, and executed a one-man fire drill (yes, he sets off the fire alarm every morning to ensure its proper operation),” the yearbook passage begins. “These are but a mere few of the numerous behind-the-scenes tasks completed by our Building Superintendent, Mr. Eric McGregor, as he works to keep the physical plant in tip-top shape. Throughout the year he can be found doing everything from fixing furniture and painting walls to monitoring equipment and ensuring compliance with local safety regulations. In addition, for 20 years he has supervised the maintenance staff that works diligently to keep our building clean and orderly. As the weather gets warmer and most head away from Regis, Mr. McGregor kicks into high gear serving as the foreman for all summer construction projects, including the most recent renovations to the lecture hall, locker room, cafeteria, and upgraded classrooms. Though he would certainly prefer to simply fade into the background and not have any attention brought to his significant contributions in service of the students, faculty and staff, we would be remiss to not recognize Mr. McGregor on this milestone in his career at Regis. Thank you!"

Mr. McGregor, a native of Ireland, is survived by his wife, Kathleen, and their daughter, Shannen. Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday, July 8 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Hodder Farenga Funeral Home (899 McLean Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10704). A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, July 9 at 12:00 p.m. at St. Barnabas Church (409 E 241st St, The Bronx, NY 10470). In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Lung Association.

Posted: 7/6/20