SGT Felix Del Greco, Jr., 20, Simsbury, CT

Felix “Fee Fee” Del Greco lived in Simsbury for 20 years and attended Simsbury High School. There he was a participant in many school activities including the jazz band and other musical activities. He loved to play the harmonica and entertained many people with his own style of wit. People were important to him and he was ready to help anyone who needed him. He was also a scholar and read a myriad of books since he was a small child. He traveled frequently as his interests were not only in his community, but extended far beyond his own world. He was a proud and loyal member of Boy Scout Troop 76 and had great respect for the leaders. With the help of his friends he became an Eagle Scout and had the utmost respect for his first leader Richard Gugliemetti, who he had continued to keep in touch with. Felix was a fun-loving, intelligent person who touched the lives of everyone he knew. Felix was a proud American who enlisted into the Connecticut Army National Guard in March of 1999 where he served with the 242d Engineer Battalion. In January of 2001 he transferred to B Company, 1-102d Infantry where he volunteered to deploy to Bosnia on a peacekeeping mission. While serving in Bosnia for six months, SGT Del Greco was earned the distinction of Soldier of the Rotation amongst over 10,000 multi-national forces. SGT Del Greco returned from Bosnia in March of 2002. In April 2003, SGT Del Greco volunteered to deploy again in support of Operation Noble Eagle Ill and was stationed at the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. After nine months at West Point, SGT Del Greco returned to Connecticut in December 2003 only to immediately volunteer in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II and departed for the Middle Eastern Theatre on January 5, 2004. SGT Felix Del Greco graduated from the Army’s Primary Leadership Development Course on the Commandant’s List. Among his awards are the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Armed Forces reserve Medal with “M” device (2nd Award), the Noncommissioned Officer’s Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, and the NATO Medal. Felix leaves behind his parents, Felix and Claire; his beloved sister, Alexa, and his “adopted” sister, Nicole Bonadies. He also leaves behind his beloved, Auntie Anita Gomes; his wonderful Uncle Francisco, and their children, Francisco, Suzette, Sarah (Scarah), and little Jenna; his beloved, Auntie Bela Beaupre, her husband, George and their children, Alex and Michael; his beloved, Uncle Joey, Cheryl, and their children; his Aunt Suzette Kennedy, her husband, Gordon and their sons, David and Paul; his Uncle Will Deschenes, his wife, Rita, their daughter, Laura, and their deceased son, Steven; his Great Aunt and Uncle, Dolly and Louis and their children; Aunt Angela, cousin John and his wife, Nicole, and their baby Danielle. Felix was a wanderer who loved to explore the world. He had an inquisitive mind, ready wit, and constant smile. He will be missed by so many of his friends who are too numerous to mention. He gave so much love and pleasure to so many people which will never be forgotten.