John W. Greene, Sr.
Mr. John W. Greene, Sr., age 61, of New Castle, DE, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at Christiana Hospital.
Mr. Greene was born in Wilmington, DE, on May 13, 1949. As a young man, he proudly served his country in the US Air Force for 16 years. In civilian life, he made his career as a counselor and had been employed with the New Castle County Detention Center for many years. A gifted and caring mentor, he helped many troubled people over the years and was widely admired for his compassionate, understanding nature.
In his leisure hours, Mr. Greene greatly enjoyed watching and playing sports, especially basketball and football in his younger years. He was also an excellent chess player and had been a Mason. A loving son, husband, father, and grandfather, he delighted most of all in spending time with his beloved family.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 42 years, Valerie Chase Greene; son, John W. Greene, Jr. of Newark, DE; daughter, Tamu Greene Mills of Atlanta, GA; mother, Caroline Hampton Greene of Philadelphia, PA; brother, James D. Greene of New Castle, DE; and grandchildren, Dejah Mills, Laila Mills, John W. Greene III, and Theodore Greene. He was preceded in death by his father, James W. Greene.
A funeral service will be held at 11:30 am on Thursday, April 21, 2011, at the Calvary Episcopal Church, 304 Lore Avenue, Hillcrest, Wilmington, DE, where visitation will begin at 10:30 am. Interment will follow in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.
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