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Gregory A. Bretzman, 58, of Mt. Holly Springs, PA passed away on Tuesday June 23rd at home surrounded by his loving family, after a long courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Carlisle on November 5, 1961 to Ivan R. and Judith A. (Long) Bretzman of Mt. Holly Springs.
Greg was a graduate of Carlisle High School, class of 1981. He worked as a mechanic at the family business, Bretzman's Garage, located in Mt. Holly Springs. He previously worked part time as a firefighter at the Carlisle Barracks and drove for Carlisle Fire and Rescue. His fire company memberships included Carlisle, Huntsdale, Bendersville and Mt. Holly Springs. Greg was a highly decorated firefighter, whose most recent position was the Dickinson Township Fire Chief. He was a member of Mt. Holly Springs American Legion Post 674. He loved to rebuild antique fire trucks and his most prized possession was his 1972 Seagrave Engine. More than anything, he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his childhood sweetheart, Christine M. (Mummert) Bretzman; his children, Holly M. Myers (Zachary) of Mt. Holly Springs and Justin “Bubba” Bretzman (Ashley) of Carlisle; grandchildren, Harper, Hudson and Hendrix Bretzman, all of Carlisle and Willow "Wilbur" Myers of Mt. Holly Springs. Also surviving is his brother, Daniel Bretzman of Mt. Holly Springs. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Michelle Bretzman.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 10:00 AM in the St. Patrick Church Parish Activity Center, 85 Marsh Dr., Carlisle, PA 17015 with Rev. Daniel Murray and Rev. Richard L. Reese officiating. Viewings will be held Friday, June 26, 2020 at 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM in the Hollinger Funeral Home, 501 N. Baltimore Ave., Mt. Holly Springs, PA 17065 and one hour prior to the service. A gathering will be held at Citizen's Fire Co. No. 1, 100 Chestnut St., Mt. Holly Springs, PA 17065 following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Greg's honor to National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, P. O. Box 498, Emmitsburg, MD 21727 or Penn State Cancer Institute, 400 University Dr., Hershey, PA 17033.
A candle was lit in remebrence. My dad said he used to run with you. He said the day their house caughtt on fire you were the first one there to save them you will be missed by the Goshorn family. yYou fought a hard battle rip Greg you will be missed .
Erika Goshorn Oct 21 2020 12:00 AM
Chris, praying for you and your family at this difficult time.
Tracy Brandt Jun 28 2020 12:00 AM
Chris and Family, so sorry for your loss, Greg will be truly missed. He is now a member of the Heavenly Fire Dept. Rest In Peace Greg, Love you all
Sandy Sheaffer Jun 26 2020 12:00 AM
Our deepest sympathies to the Bretzman family and the local fire fighting community.
Marty and Becky Gildea Jun 26 2020 12:00 AM
Judy, "Jake" and families. Losing a loved one is such a great sorrow. We hope that your memories will offer your heart some comfort.With deepest sympathy. RIP Greg
Don & Linda Nace Jun 25 2020 12:00 AM
Chris, My deepest condolences to you and your family.
Debbie Bobb Jun 25 2020 12:00 AM
We would like to extend our sincere condolences to the whole Bretzman family. He will be missed and never forgotten. So many rides home from the garage over the years. Your entire family has been such service to our community. Thoughts and prayers. Jim and Gwen Robbins
Gwen and Jim Robbins Jun 25 2020 12:00 AM
I am so sorry for your loss. For several years I have gotten my cars inspected at the Bretzman Garage. Greg and his Dad always made you feel welcomed at the shop and the small chit chat was always a pleasure. My deepest sympathy to the Bretzman family. Wendy Kramer
Wendy Kramer Jun 25 2020 12:00 AM
Greg will be deeply missed by SO very many. I knew Greg since he was knee high to his dad. He fought many battles here on earth and HELPED so many, now it is time for him to help others in many ways, with no pain or sadness. ALL of our thoughts and prays go out to the Bretzman family, and the MANY fire companies lucky enough to have Greg on their roasters, and fire family.He is watching over all of us when that pager goes off, and he will keep us all safe. The Shotto family from North Middleton Township
Robin Shotto Jun 24 2020 12:00 AM
Gregory a GREAT Son, Brother, Husband, Father, Grandfather, Fire Fighter, Chief ,Friend and most of all a GREAT MAN! You will be missed by all whos life was touched by you!
Barry L Monismith Jun 24 2020 12:00 AM