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Gregory Otis Masterson

January 16, 2018 January 16, 2018
Gregory Otis Masterson
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Obituary for Gregory Otis Masterson

John and Katie welcomed their first child, Gregory Otis Masterson, at 12:38 a.m. on January 16, 2018. Having been 10 weeks premature, he was born 15 inches long and 2 pounds, 12 ounces big. His heart was even bigger. Gregory was surrounded by love and comfort before passing at 1:04 a.m.

Gregory faced many obstacles through his journey. He was diagnosed back in early November with bilateral renal agenesis (commonly known as Potter’s Syndrome) and heart defects. Gregory was not expected to survive long, as his heart was technically failing. It was considered a miracle that he continued to grow and thrive past Thanksgiving. Nicknamed Groot, Gregory was determined to look into his mother's’ eyes for 26 minutes. Those eyes will now be used to help others look into their mothers’ eyes for the first time. He bravely donated his eyes to a research project dedicated to finding new therapeutic possibilities for patients without sight due to ocular diseases and anomalies.

Gregory leaves behind his loving parents, John and Katie Masterson; grandparents, Owen and Winnie Rockentine, and John and Lillie Masterson; great grandparents Bruce and Shirley Rockentine; aunts and uncles Deborah and Steve Duncan, Sherry and Bill Simpson, Nicki Rockentine and Mike Holmes, and Patricia Rockentine; cousins Corinne, Cara, Riley, Jackson, Christian and Daisy; and a large extended family.

“In these times of hardship, just remember, we are Groot.”

A funeral service will be held at the First Congregational Church, 1314 Northwood Blvd, Royal Oak, Sunday at 1pm. Friends may visit with the family beginning at 12:30pm. Interment in Oakview Cemetery, Royal Oak.

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