Gregory Aylesworth Gavin
Gregory Aylesworth Gavin, Sponsored Obituary
Greg was born in Mill Valley, CA to Janet and Bill Gavin. A radio legend, Bill, started a radio broadcasting guide, the Gavin Report, in the early 1950’s. Almost from
birth, his parents instilled in Greg a love of music, broadcasting and integrity.
Greg and his friends began playing music and forming bands at a very young age, writing and singing choral music under the tutorage of choir director Barry Mineo. At the same time he was honing his unique keyboard style in “garage bands,” playing extensively with musicians such as Bill Gibson, Sean Hopkins, and Mario Cipollino — who went on to form the first members of Huey Lewis and the News.
In 1971 he graduated from the Urban School, also having attended “Tam High”, then moved to Ashland, Oregon. He met his soul mate, Laurel Hancock, at the Oregon State College freshman orientation, wooing her that fall with his music, playing a funky upright piano in the laundry room basement of the dorms.
In Ashland, Greg became a legend in his own right, opening for George Carlin during his freshman year of college, and later the legendary Earl “Fatha” Hines.
He performed briefly at the Ashland Shakespearean Festival most notably in the “new” Black Swan theater in the round in A Taste of Honey. He made lifelong friends, played in countless bands, always sharing his loving gentle spirit. Greg and Laurel returned to Marin County to assist his father in running the Gavin Report. They married in 1980, and their first daughter, Seanessy Wise Gavin, was born in 1982. Several years later they moved to Nevada County where Elaine Ruth Gavin was born in 1985. Laurel and his two daughters became Greg’s greatest delight and inspiration.
The tight-knit family remained in Nevada County where Greg again formed long loving friendships with musicians, people at KVMR radio, the theater family at Off Broadstreet, his work at Grass Valley Group and Friends of Bill.
Although often quiet and introspective, he treasured his friends and family, near and far. Besides music and theater, Greg loved Hawaii, the Giants, humor, and puttering around.
A Celebration of his Life will take place at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center in Nevada City on Sunday, August 17 at 2PM. A video presentation will begin at 2:30 followed by personal reflections and music. No host refreshments will be provided by the Miners Foundry. Pot luck if you are feeling hungry. Greg donated when possible to KVMR, local theaters, The Miners Foundry Cultural Center, the SYRCL and the Sierra Club.
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