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Re: The post no one wants to write 2019/06/22 08:28:30 (permalink)
Gosh!  I sure am sorry to hear this.  I met Gregg several times over the last ten years.  Back in 2014 he drove me to a speaking engagement in downtown Chicago, and afterwards we went to several of his favorite Roadfood haunts.  He was a great conversationalist and a lot of fun to be around.  I was looking forward to seeing him again this year or next.  I guess that won't happen now.  Rest in Peace, Gregg.   You will be missed by those who knew you personally and by thousands of others who enjoyed your many posts over the years vicariously.
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Re: The post no one wants to write 2019/06/22 11:56:04 (permalink)
I am speechless-I first met Gregg at 3 Brothers restaurant for a mini meet-up along with Al, stricken detective, and Chicagostyle dog and his wife Nina. Truly a remarkable guy. That was about 15 years ago.Had many a fine meal(s) together.Til we meet again, my RF friend.
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Re: The post no one wants to write, Gregg Pill has passed away 2019/06/22 12:15:57 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby lleechef 2019/07/19 20:22:01
Good Lord, we were on each others FB page for a long time, the man posted almost as many great pics and stories as Michael Stern, during the time I was active on Roadfood, he was always most kind to me and my previous self, Drsmoke! He will be greatly missed and always remembered. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family!
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Re: The post no one wants to write, Gregg Pill has passed away 2019/06/22 12:25:44 (permalink)
Rest in Peace Gregg ...  and my prayer for his family.
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Re: The post no one wants to write, Gregg Pill has passed away 2019/06/22 13:23:53 (permalink)
As you all are, I too am saddened by Gregg's passing. I was fortunate to meet Gregg in person during the Roadfood event here in Buffalo several years back. Although we had never met before the event, he was kind and friendly to me, as were many other Roadfooders.  I will miss hearing about his adventures and all the people he made a positive impact on.  My prayers go out to Gregg's family and all his friends.
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Re: The post no one wants to write, Gregg Pill has passed away 2019/06/22 13:24:02 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby lleechef 2019/06/22 23:17:59
This is a picture of Gregg with Paula Haney of Hoosier Mama Pie in Evanston, last September when I met up with him, Patty, Cliff and Mariton.
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Re: The post no one wants to write, Gregg Pill has passed away 2019/06/22 13:54:55 (permalink)
I was never fortunate enough to meet Gregg, but I certainly got to share in some of his many food adventures here on RF. I'll miss his smiling face in the reports from his many friends who did get to go out with him on the road. Clear Skies, Gregg!
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Re: The post no one wants to write, Gregg Pill has passed away 2019/06/22 20:00:53 (permalink)
Davidsanders,
That is a GREAT photo of Gregg!!!!!!!  Thank you for sharing it!!!!
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Re: The post no one wants to write, Gregg Pill has passed away 2019/06/23 12:03:28 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby JRPfeff 2019/06/23 12:08:18
I love Gregg Pill…..I never realized how much until now.  Gregg and I conversed just about every day for at least the last 3 ½ years, by Facebook, Messenger, text and phone.  As with everyone who knew Gregg, there is a big hole in our lives, especially his dear family.  I spent the last several days looking over our many messages and texts, I was laughing and crying at the same time.  I miss him every day.
 
Gregg never sought to be the center of attention, but, he was always the center of attention.  He is a larger than life personality that draws people in.  His warmth, knowledge and kindness can never be replaced.  Some of the best times of my life were spent on Roadfood excursions(BeekCake) with Gregg at the wheel.  Gregg exemplified what Roadfood was all about, whenever there was a meet-up, Gregg was like a kid in the candy store with his Spreadsheet and his Cheshire Cat Grins.
 
Gregg had so many dear friends, you would consider him a very lucky guy…….actually, his dear friends are the lucky ones.  Gregg is the only guy I know who could attend a town meeting in the morning, work, lunch with friends and a musical with Patti in the evening……..7 days a week!
 
Gregg, we may not be able to converse every day, but I think of you every day.  God Bless You and Your Bella Famiglia!
post edited by joerogo - 2019/06/23 18:52:28
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Re: The post no one wants to write, Gregg Pill has passed away 2019/06/23 12:21:46 (permalink)
Very well said, Joe.  Those of us that spent time with Gregg all feel the same way.
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Re: The post no one wants to write, Gregg Pill has passed away 2019/06/23 14:12:56 (permalink)
Wonderful tribute Joe.
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Re: The post no one wants to write, Gregg Pill has passed away 2019/06/23 19:04:58 (permalink)
Perfect, Joe!
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Re: The post no one wants to write, Gregg Pill has passed away 2019/06/24 11:27:47 (permalink)
I think it is awesome that whoever administers the site now selected a review of Freddys Pizza in Chicago as review of the day and made the photo of Gregg and one of his spreadsheets with the Sterns as the focal picture
 
Bravo to whoever did this. 
 
Outstanding
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Re: The post no one wants to write, Gregg Pill has passed away 2019/06/24 11:58:43 (permalink)
TJ,
 
Michael Stern posted on Facebook that he selected the review and photo.
 
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Re: The post no one wants to write, Gregg Pill has passed away 2019/06/24 11:59:03 (permalink)
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I love Gregg Pill…..I never realized how much until now.  Gregg and I conversed just about every day for at least the last 3 ½ years, by Facebook, Messenger, text and phone.  As with everyone who knew Gregg, there is a big hole in our lives, especially his dear family.  I spent the last several days looking over our many messages and texts, I was laughing and crying at the same time.  I miss him every day.
 
Gregg never sought to be the center of attention, but, he was always the center of attention.  He is a larger than life personality that draws people in.  His warmth, knowledge and kindness can never be replaced.  Some of the best times of my life were spent on Roadfood excursions(BeekCake) with Gregg at the wheel.  Gregg exemplified what Roadfood was all about, whenever there was a meet-up, Gregg was like a kid in the candy store with his Spreadsheet and his Cheshire Cat Grins.
 
Gregg had so many dear friends, you would consider him a very lucky guy…….actually, his dear friends are the lucky ones.  Gregg is the only guy I know who could attend a town meeting in the morning, work, lunch with friends and a musical with Patti in the evening……..7 days a week!
 
Gregg, we may not be able to converse every day, but I think of you every day.  God Bless You and Your Bella Famiglia!

Thank you Joe for putting into words what so many of us are feeling.
David
 
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Re: The post no one wants to write, Gregg Pill has passed away 2019/06/24 12:33:07 (permalink)
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TJ,
 
Michael Stern posted on Facebook that he selected the review and photo.
 
Jim




Bravo, Mr Stern
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Re: The post no one wants to write, Gregg Pill has passed away 2019/06/24 17:01:46 (permalink)
My favorite picture of Gregg.  We miss you so much! 
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Re: The post no one wants to write, Gregg Pill has passed away 2019/06/24 18:09:45 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby lleechef 2019/07/19 20:22:59
Lisa,

I think CarolinaBob took that picture. It was a year after Gregg's cancer therapy. He looks like such a pup.

Jim
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Re: The post no one wants to write, Gregg Pill has passed away 2019/06/24 18:13:48 (permalink)
Thanks JR!  I love that picture!  He looked happy there!  
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Re: The post no one wants to write, Gregg Pill has passed away 2019/06/24 18:33:24 (permalink)
Bob also got TTM's best angle in his photo.
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Re: The post no one wants to write, Gregg Pill has passed away 2019/06/24 21:01:44 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby buffetbuster 2019/06/25 08:51:16
I'm tearing up looking at some old trips reports of fun times past, this is from the Glee Club's 2011 Raleigh trip. Photo and description from buffetbuster.

Here is a shot of ChiTownDiner waiting patiently for his food. Moments after this photo was taken, he managed to crawl through the small window to get at all the food.  It took three employees hitting him with a broom to beat him back, but not before he got away with plenty of burgers and hot dogs!
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Re: The post no one wants to write, Gregg Pill has passed away 2019/06/24 21:18:27 (permalink)

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Re: The post no one wants to write, Gregg Pill has passed away 2019/06/24 23:00:28 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby Bonk 2019/06/25 02:26:00
Joe, it could not have been said better!
As someone who suffered through the same battle with cancer Gregg and I connected on some different levels...I cannot express how much fun and knowledge he brought to each of the trips we all shared...the hole that is left in our crew is immeasurable, and the loss to his loved ones is so immense ((((Big Hugs))) to all. Love and miss you Gregg.
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Re: The post no one wants to write 2019/06/25 06:01:20 (permalink)
It is really sad news.
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Re: The post no one wants to write 2019/06/25 12:50:50 (permalink)
Another great photo of Gregg!  Thanks for posting it.
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Re: The post no one wants to write 2019/06/25 13:39:42 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby MetroplexJim 2019/06/25 15:02:35
We both came bearing gifts the first time we met.  I brought Barbecue Sauce, and the man I then only knew as ChiTownDiner brought a T-shirt from his favorite Westmont BBQ Joint, Uncle Bub’s.  I was familiar with the place, and thought their ‘Que was okay, but nothing special.  I never told him that, because from the moment I met him I wanted him to be my friend.
 
That was his magic.  It didn’t matter who you were, you wanted Gregg Pill to be your friend.  We disagreed on politics, the merits of an Excel Spreadsheet versus a Word generated Itinerary in planning a Crawl; we even had a public squabble or two, but through it all I still always wanted him to be my friend.  Everyone wanted that.  Fortunately, there was plenty of Gregg to go around.
 
That first meeting took place on an outing organized by chicagostyledog; a Vienna Beef Tour of Chicago’s North Shore Suburbs.  Gregg was the new kid that day.  He was excited about meeting all of us and we welcomed him immediately.  Like I said, everyone wanted to be his friend.
 
The tour thread was just five pages long, including the planning stage and the report.  Gregg only posted in it a handful of times. His longest effort was a review of the day.  Reading it reveals a very different guy than the one we’d all come to know and love.  He was still a little green back then.  He hadn’t learned about pacing yourself and not overindulging at any one stop (did he ever learn?).  He had to call it quits before the last stop at Portillo’s for their famous Chocolate Cake.   He was satisfied back then to take a passive role and let others lead the way.  He was just so happy to be hanging with the cool kids.  Eventually he’d be the cool-kid-in-chief.
 
That day lit a fire in our boy.  He became a first-class Roadfood Explorer, always on the hunt for the next great discovery.  He loved to share a new find, and he inspired others to do the same.  I marveled at his ability to root out a worthy candidate and always enjoyed the places he brought me.  I always hoped he thought as highly of my picks as I did his.
 
Last year we had one of those public spats I mentioned.  I was unhappy about his ramping up the vote leading us to choose Minneapolis/St. Paul for the 2018 Crawl.   I wasn’t mad about the outcome, but rather the path we took to get there.
 
Instead of handling it privately, as I should have, I called him out in public. Gregg responded in kind.  Words were exchanged, and people predicted the whole Crawl would crash and burn.  It didn’t.  And we never gave up our friendship, in spite of the short-lived rancor.  We forgave each other almost immediately, but "officially" resolved our differences weeks later over a Poochie’s Char Salami (no Cortados for this guy), served on a bun (not the usual French Bread); Merkt’s Cheddar, mustard, grilled onions, and relish.
 
I made a point that day of wearing the same Uncle Bub’s T-shirt he gave me 11 years earlier when we exchanged gifts right there in the parking lot of Poochie’s.  And I made sure he knew it.  Any remaining trace of anger or resentment faded away.  We were two old friends who’d shared so much, and cared for each other enough that we weren’t going to let a stupid internet fight ruin a good thing.
 
There may still be some folks who doubt our friendship was as strong after that outburst, but I know for a fact we were okay.  The proof came months later on the last day of the MSP Crawl.  We were all standing in the parking lot at Mac’s Fish and Chips in St. Paul, posing for a group picture. 
 

 
Gregg carried on a long-standing tradition he and I had (actually, it was his tradition, I was more of an unwitting victim) whenever a group shot was taken.  He’d make sure he was standing behind me and a little off to the side.  Then, just as the shutter clicked, he’d pinch my ass and make me jump.
 
That’s the moment I knew, the ChiTownDiner still loved me.
 
Buddy
 
P.S. And I still loved him, too.
 
B.
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Re: The post no one wants to write 2019/06/25 13:54:20 (permalink)
Awesome story,  Buddy
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Re: The post no one wants to write 2019/06/25 13:59:12 (permalink)
Buddy.
 
Very nice remembrance.
 
Jim
post edited by JRPfeff - 2019/06/25 16:34:29
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Re: The post no one wants to write 2019/06/25 18:11:03 (permalink)
Buddy, you made me cry.  What a beautiful story.  These are the times I wish I didn't live on the west coast.
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Re: The post no one wants to write 2019/06/25 19:54:04 (permalink)
Buddy, the food is always great, but it’s the people who keep us coming back all the way from Canada. You and Gregg were the dynamic duo that set the tone on the Crawls Jen and I have attended. We feel his loss more than I could ever imagine.
We are so pleased we were able to see him while in Chicago last month. We chatted about his upcoming trip to Montreal and Quebec City. You are so right about his ability to find the coolest places. I know a small place in Montreal that I was going to mention to him. I needn’t have bothered. Wilensky’s Light Lunch was front and centre on his list of places to try. A tiny lunch counter in a city he had never visited and he homed right in on it. The man was a marvel.
Buddy Roadhouse, your post brought a smile to my lips and more than a tear to my eyes. Well done my friend.

A la prochaine.

John
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