Greg Ackley Park

Prospect Drive and Stratford Road
Stratford, CT 06615

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                      Gregory Ackley

 

The Gregory Ackley Memorial Park

"Mayor of Lordship"

Nov 28, 1951 - Feb 27, 1999

Gregory Ackley, life long Lordship resident. A loving son, brother, uncle, community friend, and a humorist who had disabilities, but was not defined by them.

Giver of good deeds known as the "Mayor of Lordship" who was the #1 volunteer for the Lordship Community, rode the streets of Lordship on his bicycle helping people who he saw needed help

At the sound of a siren, he would run to the scene of an accident or fire, help direct traffic or assisted with parking cars.

Gregory was the proud recipient of jackets from the FBI, the Town of Stratford EMTs, police and fire department for his devoted volunteerism and proudly wore local business hats and t-shirts to support them.

Gregory was born with "Intellectual Disabilities" (ID) a neurodevelopmental disorder and also suffered from grand mal seizures. When he was growing up and even in his adult life he would be taunted, teased and called names because he was different.

But Greg rose above all of their bullying and cruelty even though he had ID, he knew in his heart that due to their lack of knowledge of his disabilities, that they did not know any better.

Gregory's life taught us all that it is the quality of life that matters, no matter your obstacles.

Gregory passed away in Feb 27, 1999 at the age of 47

Gregory's rock garden to be built at his memorial park will be a

"Bully Free Zone" for an anti Bully Hero!

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