Gregory Hallisey

Born: Bethesda, MD on 06 June 1967

Passed away: Falls Church, VA on 07 August 2020

Aged: 53 years

The Story

Greg died on August 7, 2020 at the age of 53, following a two year battle with renal cell carcinoma. He is survived by his wife of 26 years Cece Rey Hallisey, his daughters Sydney, Eleanor, and Maria, and the two other males in the household, their dogs Louie and Schmidt. A private interment will be held in Georgetown, Washington DC.

Greg was born at Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, MD. As the son of a Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel, he grew up in multiple places including spending his elementary school years in Twenty-Nine Palms, California. He graduated high school from Riverside Poly in California, where he swam and played water polo. He moved to the East Coast to play water polo and earn his Bachelor’s Degree at Brown University. After working in Washington for the House Banking Committee, Greg earned his MBA at Dartmouth College’s Amos Tuck School of Business. He had a business career in strategy and finance at Citibank, Yum Brands, LG&E, Eaton Manufacturing, and Raytheon.

Second only to his family, whom he loved dearly, Greg’s passion was playing and refereeing water polo, from 12 year olds to the elite college level. He could watch televised games for hours on end, critiquing both the ball handling and the officiating. He was beloved by coaches, players, and his fellow referees.

In addition to his wife and daughters, Greg is survived by his mother, Jane Hallisey of Rock Hill, SC; his siblings Leigh Holt, Bill Hallisey (Julia), and Michael Hallisey (Vera); his mother-in-law Lisa Rey; his brothers-in-law Tony Rey (Lynne) and Mike Rey (Cat); 12 nieces and nephews; and numerous additional family and friends. He is pre-deceased by his father, William Hallisey; his brother-in-law Edwin Holt; and his father-in-law Nicholas Rey.

We will all miss his love for his family, his sense of humor, his supreme negotiating skills, and his passion for chocolate chip cookies and angel food cake with strawberries and whipped cream made by his daughters.
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Join Cece, Sydney, Eleanor, and Maria Hallisey
in a COVID-friendly* celebration of Greg’s life
Friday, August 14, 2020
7 - 9 pm
(light desserts and shared memories around 8)

Meadowlark Botanical Gardens Atrium
9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct, Vienna, VA 22182
(Parking in front of the Atrium, to the right when you enter)

Black not necessary
Stay safe, friends!

*We ask that all guests wear masks, sanitize, and remain 6 feet apart in the
open atrium with an air filtration system or outside in the botanical garden

Cece Hallisey


Cece Hallisey shared a photo.


Poly Swim Team Relay 1985 - Greg, Kevin, Kai, and Mike

Kevin Timko shared a photo.


Greg and I grew up swimming together on Riverside Aquatics and played water polo at Poly High. We spent a lifetime in the water, on the pool deck, and hanging out. He was a stud in the water and in the classroom and I have so many great memories of Greg. I think he only wore one pair of flip flops during high school - when he graduated I think they were paper thin. One of my best memories was when he appeared in Playboy....with the Brown Water Polo Team. Talk about street cred, he was instantly famous in Riverside. Although we lost touch after college I'm glad to hear he has a wonderful family and kept his love for water polo.
My thoughts and payers are with the Hallisey Family.
Kevin Timko, Riverside

Kevin Timko


Greg’s passing has left me so sad. Our beloved Dink! I have such wonderful memories of great times with Greg. I hope that for others too his memory will be for a blessing. Martina and I send our dearest love to Cece and the girls -we hold you in our hearts
Andy, Martina, Max & Leah

Andrew Hoffman