Richard J. “Dick” Greene, 89, died on Monday March 8th amongst his loved ones. He was the husband of the late Mary Louise (Graham) Greene with whom he celebrated more than 50 years of marriage.
Dick was born on February 19, 1932 in Winthrop, MA and graduated from Winthrop High School and Boston College. His early life was shared by his twin brother, Robert, late brother Arthur, late sister Joan, and sisters Carol and Ann.
One of Dicks earliest and fondest memories was the family farm in Derry, NH. He and his siblings would work on the farm every summer to grow and can food. His favorite crop was strawberries and this carried over to his adult life where his favorite dessert was strawberry ice cream and strawberry shortcake
He was a Veteran of the Korean War and was a Diesel Mechanic for the Air Force while stationed in Alaska and the Mohave Desert. He would often joke about how he wondered what he did to be transferred from one of the coldest places in the US to the hottest area in the US.
In 1958, Dick met and married his soul-mate Mary Louise and raised four children in Duxbury, MA. He was a loving and supportive husband and their love was apparent to all. As a devout Catholic, his faith guided him throughout his life.
He spent his career as a self-employed masonry contractor and the handyman of the family. He could fix or build just about anything and put his mechanic skills to the test keeping the fleet of family cars on the road. In his semi-retirement, he was known as “J” from J’s Ice Cream truck on Duxbury Beach. He always said it was his favorite job ever.
Spending time with family brought Dick the most enjoyment. One of his favorite pastimes with his children was camping on Cape Cod during summers and playing with them in the ocean or lake. His grandchildren will forever know him as “Safety Man” because he would watch over them like a hawk when playing in the water and not once did they leave the house without his reminder to put on a jacket.
Dick will be deeply missed and never forgotten by his four children, Robert, James, Julie and Karen; in-laws, Karen, Mary and Bill and his five grandchildren Michael, Thomas, Tess, Maggie and Will.
Due to these uncertain times with the pandemic, there will be a private service. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601, act.alz.org