Grégory Gochtovtt

Jan 23 1968
Aug 10 2019
51 Years
Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Grégory Gochtovtt, 51, of Downingtown, passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2019 from Glioblastoma Multiforme at the PowerBack Rehabilitation Center in Exton, PA.  Born in Neuilly-sur Seine, France, he was the son of the late Michel and Christiane Gochtovtt (née Argeliès) .

He is survived by his siblings, Alexander Gochtovtt (wife Melissa Delaney and children Sophie, Isabelle and Luc); Annabel Gochtovtt (fiancé Stephen Mongelli and children Olivia (Sachi) and Anna); and Tessa Gochtovtt-Stine (wife Laura Gochtovtt-Stine and children Fiona and Cyd).

Grégory graduated from Indiana University (Bloomington) with a BA in English. He proudly served four tours in the U.S. Army, obtaining the rank of Sergeant for his service in Iraq and Afghanistan. He earned several medals including the Iraq Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and NATO Medal, among others.

Grégory was a multi-talented artist: a prolific writer, poet, and gifted musician. His natural musical talent was evident early on during his violin and piano lessons, which he took as a young boy in France. He went on to learn to play the trumpet, clarinet and guitar in high school, and then taught himself to play the Native American flute, the Zurna and many different styles of drums. He was proficient in Bongo, Conga, Djembe and Doumbek drumming. His musical skills and charming personality made him a delight to have as company around any bonfire. He always had an instrument in tow for entertainment. His heritage, combined with his military travels overseas, instilled in him an unquenchable curiosity and admiration for different cultures and their unique music. 

In addition to being a friend to many, due to his selfless, gregarious nature, Grégory was also the best, funnest uncle to his nieces and nephew. A kid at heart, he was always willing and eager to join in their games and instigate tomfoolery to make them laugh. He was known to
 spend his last pennies to give them the perfect gift for Christmas or birthdays.  

In his own words, he was “just a French guy, trying to make his mark on the world.” He succeeded.

He worked as an administrative assistant at DaVita, Inc. in Malvern, PA.  He attended St. Elizabeth Church in Chester Springs, PA and the Living Faith World Outreach Center in West Chester, PA.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, August 19, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Church, 100 St. Elizabeth Drive, Chester Springs, PA. Viewing and visitation will precede at the church from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Interment will follow at Washington Crossing
 National Cemetery, 830 Highland Road, Newtown, PA on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be directed, in his memory, to the American Brain Tumor Association.

Arrangements by Wilde Funeral Home of Parkesburg.  Online condolences can be posted at

Service Date: 
Aug 19 2019 - 10:00am
Service Location: 
St. Elizabeth Church 100 Saint Elizabeth Drive, Chester Springs, PA 19425


Gregory was a dear man, I give praise to the Lord that his Savior was Jesus Christ. And my deepest condolences to the family for their loss at Gregory’s home going. 

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Sgt G, you definitely left a mark on everyone who’s lives you were in. I know you’re no longer suffering, but it’s a hard pill to swallow knowing that you left this world. I’ll continue to pray for your family during this hard time. Rest Easy Big Guy. 

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Grégory's kind and generous spirit was an inspiration to everyone who knew him. His smile could light up a room with sheer joy. He will surely be missed by everyone whose life touched his.

My deepest sympathy to his family, our hearts go out to you, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

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Gregory has a kind and gentle spirit.  We are grateful for his service to our country, and for His service to our Lord.  We'll see you again, Gregory.  Blessings to his family and friends.

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Sgt G was more then a battle buddy he was a brother and a beautiful human being. Even in his hardest times he kept a heart of gold and the world is less of a great place since his departure. But Heaven has gained a faithful and mighty warrior. G you will always be loved and hold a special place in my heart. My deepest sympathies,prayers and condolences to the  Gochtovtt family. May the Most High be with you during these trying times. 

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I am so sorry for your loss Tessa... your brother seemed like a wonderful man and I know will be missed by you and the entire family.  My thoughts & prayers are with you.


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I did not serve with Gregory but I attended English classes with him at West Chester University. Gregory was a kind-hearted man who brought me to tears with his beautiful poetry that he shared in class. May you Rest in Peace, dear Brother-in-Arms.

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Don and I knew Gregory only briefly, but we knew what a great guy he was. We responded to his Craig's List ad requesting a trade of French lessons for guitar lessons. This was a dream come true for us that we had never thought to place an ad for. We threw in dinner in return for him commuting, and he came to our house every Wednesday evening for a few months. We thoroughly enjoyed the trade, and enjoyed his company. We're so sorry to hear that he and his family have been suffering. We wish you all peace from the many happy memories with him. 

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Dear Tessa, Laura, Cyd, Fiona And family:

May I offer my deepest condolences at this Heart tugging and breaking time. So very sorry for your loss.

Sending my love from across the Border.


Jacquie and family



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Thank you for your service. 

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Please know my prayers are with you.  I will have my parish priest say a Holy Mass for him.

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