|Birth: ||Nov. 16, 1915|
|Death: ||Oct. 22, 2009|
Published in The Burlington Free Press on October 24, 2009
ST. ALBANS - Maurice R. Greene, 93, a lifelong resident of this area, passed away peacefully on Thursday morning, Oct. 22, 2009, in Franklin County Rehab Center with his loving wife at his side. He was born in St. Albans Nov. 16, 1915, son of the late Byron P. and Ethel (Howard) Greene. Maurice was married to Hortense Boisvert who preceded him in death in 1964.
On Jan. 28, 1968 he married Marjorie McDaniel who survives him. Maurice graduated from Bellows Free Academy in 1936.
He was employed by A. N. Deringer, Inc. as a Customs Broker. He was the first active broker in Vermont. Because of that, he was often referred to as "Dean Greene" by his colleagues. An Army veteran of WWII, he was a member of Green Mountain Post #1, American Legion for over 60 years. He was a member of St. Albans Rotary Club and Franklin Lodge #4, F&AM, each for over 50 years. He was a former President of the Green Mountain Transportation Club and a member of the Board at St. Albans Free Library. He was a former Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Bellows Free Academy. He was an ardent Red Sox fan. Music was a large part of Maurice's life. He played in the DeMolay Band as a youth and later in Sterling Weed's Imperial Orchestra for over 25 years. He also played in Nichols Orchestra until 1970 and in the St. Albans Citizens Band. He played the string bass and sousaphone. Maurice was a life member of the First Baptist Church in St. Albans. At age six he walked two miles from Orchard Street to Congress Street to light five wood fires in the church each Sunday at dawn. For this chore, he was given a dime a week by Florence Merritt. He served the church as Chairman of the Board and Moderator as well as head usher for over 40 years. He was the second President of the Vermont Baptist Men. Maurice is survived by his wife of nearly 42 years, Marjorie; a son and his wife, Richard H. "Bunny" Greene and his wife, Sylvia "Kitty" of St. Albans; daughter-inlaw, Judith W. Greene of Georgia; five grandchildren, Martha-Sue and Brian Bechard of Georgia, Mark S. Greene of Georgia, Cynthia and David Messier of Williston, Anthony "Tony" Greene of St. Albans, and Leah and Richard Chapko of Lakewood, Colo.; two greatgrandchildren; Savanna and Tanner Bechard, sister-inlaw, Ella B. Greene of Essex Junction; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Hortense Boisvert Greene in 1964; a son, Russell P. Greene in 1999; a brother, Howard B. Greene in 1980; and a sister, Olive Loomis in 2003.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, at 2 p.m. in the First Baptist Church on Congress Street in St. Albans. Interment will follow in the Greene family lot in Greenwood Cemetery.
St. Albans Messenger:
MAURICE R. GREENE
A funeral service for Maurice R. Greene, who passed away on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, was held on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in St. Albans with the Reverend Steve Clark officiating. Music selected for the service, "Amazing Grace," "The Old Rugged Cross," "How Great Thou Art," and "America the Beautiful," were sung by those in attendance, accompanied by organist A. James Cota.
The Old Testament reading was by granddaughter, Leah Greene Chapko, the New Testament reading was by granddaughter, Cynthia Greene Messier and Old Testament reading was by granddaughter, Martha Bechard, and great-grandchildren, Savanna and Tanner Bechard. Special music, "Fly to Jesus," was sung by great-granddaughter, Savanna. Family remembrances were shared by son, Richard H. Greene.
Special honors were accorded the World War II Army veteran by the Veteran's Services Funeral Honor Guard consisting of members from Green Mountain Post 1, American Legion and Robert E. Glidden Post 758, Veterans of Foreign Wars. The American flag escort was James Brouillette.
In attendance was representation from A.N. Deringer Incorporated, Georgia Plain Baptist Church, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, former Band Members, St. Albans Free Library, Thibault and Sons, Handy Auto Dealership, Franklin County Probate Court, Franklin County Superior Court, I.B.M., Husky, Inc., Franklin County Museum and St. Albans Historical Society, Alan Hulbert and Son Plumbing and Heating, the Holiday House and the Reverend John Burbank, former pastor of the First Baptist Church.
Casket bearers were Brian Bechard, Mark Greene, Stanley Greene, Tony Greene, Kevin Loomis and David Messier.
Following Prayers of Committal by Pastor Clark, the American flag was presented to Maurice's wife, Marjorie, by James Brouillette, representing the Veteran Organizations and a final salute then was accorded the veteran. Interment then took place in the Greene family lot Greenwood Cemetery. A time of refreshment and fellowship followed in the Friendship Room at the Church.
Marjorie Florence McDaniel Greene (1921 - 2012)
Created by: Barb Destromp
Record added: Oct 24, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 43465411
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