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Gregory H. “Greg” Laing

WEST NEWBURY: Gregory H. “Greg” Laing, 60, Curator at the Haverhill Public Library, died Sunday at Anna Jaques Hospital following a long illness. Born in Haverhill February 20, 1947, Greg was the son of Donald K. Laing and the late Constance “Connie” (Holt) Laing.

Greg graduated from Pentucket High School in 1965 and continued his education at Boston University. His long and eventful career with the Haverhill Public Library began thirty-three years ago during which time he held various positions until promoted to Curator of the Special Collections which he held to the present. In that capacity his assistance was invaluable to those wishing to research the history of Haverhill, local buildings or family genealogy. His interest in history and antiques was enhanced by his memberships in the Haverhill, West Newbury, Portsmouth, NH Historical Society, and the Historical Society of Old Newbury where he was a Board member and Past President. Greg’s true passion was traveling. Over the years he traveled extensively to Goa, India and throughout most of the Near East. His journeys included Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, and to England where he lived for several years. When in West Newbury he enjoyed gardening at his home.

Beside his father, Greg is survived by his brothers Geoffrey C. Laing of Plaistow, NH, G. Scott Laing and his wife Karen of Newton, NH; sister Nancy E. Laing of Plaistow, and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service at Dole, Childs & Shaw Funeral Home, 148 Main Street, Haverhill will be private, and there will be no calling hours. Interment will be at (?) Cemetery. Details of a future memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Historical Society of Old Newbury, 98 High Street, Newburyport, MA 01950, or the Special Collections Dept., c/o Haverhill Public Library, 99 Main Street, Haverhill, MA 01830.

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