Gregory B. See, 57, passed away on November 4, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Greg was a dedicated public servant who committed more than three decades of his life to the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO.
Born on April 14, 1957 and raised in Mansfield, OH, Greg was the oldest of four children to long-time Mansfield residents George “Marvin” and Phyllis Bond See. The two instilled the importance of being open-minded, respectful, and accepting of other’s beliefs and experiences. This early foundation was the cornerstone on which Greg built and lived his life.
Greg enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1975. He spent four years and multiple deployments serving his country as a radar technician. His sense of equality and fairness fueled a passion to better the lives of people around him, no matter their circumstance.
In 1980, while working towards his degree from The Ohio State University, Greg began working at the Mansfield Post Office. He worked as a postal clerk and electronic technician and served as the President of the Mansfield Area Local APWU for many years. Greg’s passion, sense of justice, and dedication to serve made him a great asset to the national labor movement. He was well known and well liked among many across the United States. He met his wife, Karen See, also a dedicated unionist, in 1998. They were married in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 12, 1999.
In 2004, Greg was elected the Assistant Director of the Maintenance Division of the APWU. After a 24 year career, he retired early from the Mansfield Post Office and moved to Washington, DC. He served two terms with the APWU and was reelected to a third term last fall, which he served until his death. In his tenure with the APWU, Greg represented postal workers nationwide negotiating substantial union settlements and fulfilling the union’s mission to fight for dignity, respect, and social and economic justice for postal workers and their families.
The only thing Greg loved more than his work with his postal worker “brothers” and “sisters” was his family. He was a loving father, son, brother, husband, and friend. He taught his four daughters Christina “Nicci”, Dawn, Ashley and Alyssa early on the importance of integrity and doing the right thing, because of and in spite of the circumstances. Greg worked tirelessly his entire life to give voice to the voiceless and to stand up for what’s right and fair for each person. He carried that fighting spirit as he battled a long-term illness, and he’s instilled that sense of fight and strength in his daughters. It is a legacy they, and the See family will carry on.
Greg is survived by his wife Karen; his four daughters Christina “Nicci” See, Dawn See, Ashley See and Alyssa See; his stepchildren Denise (Clinton) Caffrey, Melinda (Scott) Rogers, Mathew (Susanne) Waterman, and Kristin Waterman; 11 grand children; his beloved parents George “Marvin” and Phyllis Bond See; his siblings Cathy Burns, Cindy (Paul) Dean, and Michael See; and dozens of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Family and friends are invited to visit on Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 2-5 p.m. at the Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 100 S. Lexington Springmill Road, Ontario. Remembrance services will be held Monday, November 10, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. An additional hour of visitation will be held one hour prior to the service, from 1-2 p.m. Military graveside services will be held Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 1 p.m. in See Cemetery in Louisa, KY. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gregory B. See Scholarship Fund.