Gregory “Greg” Cone, age 77, of Little Falls, passed away peacefully on March 26, 2023, with his loving daughters by his side. A long-time resident of Rockton Plaza, Greg went to live his final days at the home that he had built for his family, which is the home that his daughter, son-in-law, and grandson currently reside.
Greg was born on January 5, 1946, in Boston, MA. He was the son of Leon and Eleanor Cone. During Greg’s childhood, he lived in Chicago, IL, where his love for baseball and the Chicago White Sox began. Greg relocated back to Massachusetts with his parents before moving to Fort Plain, NY. He attended Fort Plain High School, where he excelled in baseball and was scouted by a professional NY baseball team.
Due to his love of the Chicago White Sox, a trip had been planned for June 8 to Yankee Stadium to attend a game between the Chicago White Sox and the Yankees which were also the same teams that were playing when he attended his first baseball game as a young boy in Chicago. He was going on the trip with his son-in-law, Manny, and grandson, Manuel. Greg played in various softball and basketball leagues. He frequently attended his daughter’s sporting events as well as his grandson’s football and volleyball games. He also was a fan of the local high school baseball teams and was sure to be present for sectional playoffs.
Greg was employed by various trucking companies, namely New England Motor Freight, JB Hunt, Associated Textiles, and Wonder Bread as a tractor-trailer driver. He drove cross country for many years, having traveled to all the lower 48 states. Greg was also employed as a tractor-trailer driving instructor by a firm located in Schuyler, NY. Most recently, Greg was employed by Big Time Transportation which was a job he thoroughly enjoyed. Greg also was a past tenant commissioner at Rockton Plaza.
Greg leaves his three loving daughters, Shauna Cone, Laura Cruz, and husband Manny, Ellen Cone, and his beloved grandson, Manuel Cruz, all of Little Falls. Greg also leaves the mother of his daughters, Elizabeth Pritchard, and husband, Rod, of Little Falls. Greg will also be missed by his sisters, Holly Simons and husband Ralph of Wolfeboro, NH, Christine McGuire and husband Russ of Bradford, MA, and Sherry Wendling of Cleveland, TN, and several special nieces and nephews. Greg also leaves a special friend, Cooper Busch, and his friends at Rockton Plaza.
He was predeceased by his parents, Leon and Eleanor Cone, his in-laws, Robert and Helen Cotter, brothers-in-law, Eddie and Jimmy Cotter, and nephew, Jim Zysk.
In respecting Greg’s wishes, there will be no calling hours. A Celebration of his Life will take place on Saturday, April 1, 2023, from 2-5 pm at the Little Falls American Legion. Funeral arrangements are under the direction and care of Mohawk Valley Funerals and Cremations, 7507 State Route 5, between Little Falls and St. Johnsvillle, 315-508-5131. Please visit www.mohawkvalleyfunerals.com to offer condolences or share memories with Greg’s family.