When Patty Strauss’ son Greg suffered a traumatic injury last month — he broke his back cliff-jumping, but lost his right foot below the knee — all of Westport rushed to help.

We should. In over 20 years as town clerk, Patty has helped nearly everyone here.

Folks in Town Hall were especially affected. She’s just one official among many, but her work is important to every department. Her warmth and generosity has impacted every office.

Everyone loves Patty.

On Friday, nearly everyone in Town Hall wore Virginia Tech colors: maroon and burnt orange. Greg graduated from there just 4 months ago, and was working  his dream job — crewing on a Caribbean yacht — when he was injured.

Showing the Virginia Tech colors for Greg Strauss.

They added messages of encouragement and inspiration. Those are small gestures, but they boosted Greg’s spirits — and of course Patty and her husband Ed’s too.

#GregStrong — started by Greg’s cousin — has caught on. Patty’s assistant Colleen Tarpey ordered stickers that will be sold soon.

Many Town Hall employees and Westporters have contributed to a GoFundMe campaign, for Greg’s mounting medical expenses. We’re all giving back to Patty, in whatever way we can.

Even non-employees sent best wishes.

1st Selectman Jim Marpe — wearing Virginia Tech orange — joined the chorus of encouragement.

5 responses to “#GregStrong

  1. Westport:
    You couldn’t ask for a better town to live in. Thank you all for your prayers, love, support and compassion. We can’t wait to get home… The Strauss family.

  2. Patti, you are so loved and valued in our Town. Sending hugs and prayers to your whole family. Kristan Hamlin, RTM #4

  3. Ronnie Ziccardi

    This is awesome. Though I am not from Westport, CT. I love the Strauss’s and am praying every day for Greg! I did live in Westport at one time; and I must say it is a great community! #GREGSTRONG

  4. Indy Goldberg

    Dan thank you so much for letting us all know about this. Your column has been so moving and helpful, bringing attention to important community happenings that I would not have known about otherwise. I don’t know Greg or Victoria Gouletas but those were very important stories to share. And we loved your column on Dick Leonard. Hope all is well with you. Best, Indy Goldberg


  5. Daniel Keren

    Its been some time since I’ve spoken to Greg, but my experience at Kenmont Camp would not have been the same without him. He is truly a remarkable person, and my prayers are with the Strauss family. Best of luck on your recovery, get well soon buddy!!