Douglas Milton Greene, 67, of Whitney Point, passed away at home surrounded by his family, on Monday, January 18. Predeceased by his parents, Alice and Robert Greene, Doug is survived by wife and high school sweetheart of 45 years, Michele (Welk), siblings Jim and Linda, children Matt, Jason (Sally), and Jarrett (Kelsey Ticknor), and grandchildren Hayden, Allison, and Ryan Greene.
For the last year, Doug battled against his brain tumor armed with research – his constant pursuit of knowledge stayed even in the face of overwhelming unknowns; with courage, which meant to him being so brave that you are the only one who knows you’re afraid; and so much love. If love alone could have saved him, he’d be sitting here with a cocktail, watching something scary on HBO, planning tomorrow’s Ace schedule, along with a multi-city trek for when we can fly again.
A lifelong Whitney Point community member, Doug was well known and respected. A longtime owner of Greene’s Ace Home Center (37 years), he spent a lifetime working alongside his father and all 3 sons. In addition, Doug supported the community as a volunteer EMT, cemetery trustee, and a lifelong blood donor (94 donations). He was always willing to help others.
Despite being taken from us too soon, Doug made the most of his run around the sun…living with a subtle vibrance all his own. Fun loving and caring, his life’s journey was colorful…from bathing in the Grand Canyon as a free-spirited teen to leading his flock as a Baptist lay pastor, before settling into his open-minded spiritual stride later in life. He had many hobbies over the years, from his motorcycle adventures with his lifelong companion, Michele, and their “biker” friends, to his boating years with the kids, cross-country family road trips, thundering around Pocono Speedway at over 150 mph, to time spent soaking in nature’s beauty and inspiring his kids in the ADK, or hunting adventures with the guys. He was a wonderful role model, who taught his children so much about living life, compassion, and loving others.
“The road is long and seeming without end
The days go on, I remember you, my friend
And though you're gone and my heart's been empty it seems
I'll see you in my dreams.”
A private memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.
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