Hero Down: Suffolk County Corrections Ofc. Gregory Rector Dies Of Brain Disease
Boston, MA – Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department (SCSD) Correctional Officer Gregory Rector died on April 28 due to a brain disease which was complicated by COVID-19, according to his department.
The 60-year-old correctional officer served the SCSD for 18 years, and was assigned to the Suffolk County House of Correction, the SCSD said in a Facebook post later the same day.
Correctional Officer Rector fell ill early in March and had been out of the office on medical leave since March 12.
He was subsequently hospitalized due to an unspecified brain disease.
“We’re told that COVID-19 has been indicated as a secondary illness that contributed to further complications,” the SCSD said.
He succumbed to his illness at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, according to his obituary.
Correctional Officer Rector was “kind, loving, generous, selfless and good hearted,” the tribute read.
“Gregory was a gentle soul and one who smiled every day,” his department said. “He will be greatly missed by all.”
Correctional Officer Rector leaves behind his siblings, aunts, uncle, cousins, and nieces, “as well as the many friends he met throughout his life,” according to his obituary.
Law enforcement officers and citizens lined the streets on Friday to bid a final farewell to Correctional Officer Rector as a police processional passed by.
“Suffolk County Sheriff Steven W. Tompkins and everyone at the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department would like to express our tremendous gratitude for all of the law enforcement and first responder teams that helped us to bid a final farewell to Officer Gregory Rector,” the SCSD said in a Facebook post later in the day. “Your presence and support has been uplifting in this time of sadness.”
“We also want to thank everyone who has expressed their condolences and we, in turn, will be holding Officer Rector’s family in our hearts,” the agency said. “Rest In Peace, Officer Rector. Your service will never be forgotten.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department Correctional Officer Gregory Rector, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.