The Rev. Gregory P. Sykes, a retired Army chaplain and associate priest at Our Lady of Czestochowa Catholic Church in North Tonawanda, died Friday in his Wheatfield home after a lengthy illness. He was 62.
Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Wadhams Hall Seminary in Ogdensburg and Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. He was ordained Sept. 3, 1977.
Rev. Sykes first served at a parish in Champlain, then enlisted in the Army and graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
He served as a Catholic chaplain for 26 years, attaining the rank of colonel. His assignments included the Pentagon, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, two tours of Germany, SHAPE (Supreme Headquarters of Allied Powers Europe) in Belgium and Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C.
After retiring from the Army in 2004, he moved to Wheatfield and was a weekend priest at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church. He was a member of the Army Reserves, the National Guard, the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion.
Surviving are two brothers, Thomas and Dennis.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Oliver and Center streets, North Tonawanda.