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Obituary: Donald Gelston Green, 1936-2018

Donald Green
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Donald Gelston Green passed away on December 12, 2018. He was 82 years old. Donald was born in 1936 to Robert and Pauline Green in Haddonfield, N.J. He and his beloved older brothers, Frank and Robert, spent many happy years in Haddonfield.

Donald graduated from Haddonfield High School in 1954 and served in the United States Army from 1954 to 1956, stationed in New Jersey and Arizona. After his service, Donald attended Colby College in Maine and the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. While working a summer job in Philadelphia at the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company, he met Barbara Green; they were married in 1963 at the Church of the Holy Comforter in Drexel Hill, Pa. Their early years of marriage were marked by moves to Asheville, N.C., and Fort Wayne, Ind., and the birth of their two children, John and Heidi. The family finally settled in Lansdowne, Pa., in 1971 and spent many happy years there. After the kids moved out and after spending time in Tucson, Ariz., and Charlotte, N.C., Donald and Barbara moved to Vermont in 2013.

Donald was known for his excellent carpentry skills, and he did quite a bit of work on the family house in Lansdowne. The house was an endless project. For example, his children remember him building a room for his son in the basement and putting a new roof on the garage.

Donald was a lifelong, and long-suffering, Philadelphia sports fan. He passed on his love of Philadelphia sports teams to his children and grandchildren. His favorite sport was football, and so his favorite team was the Philadelphia Eagles, dating back to when they played at Franklin Field. At long last, he got to see his team win the Super Bowl in early 2018.

Donald’s favorite place to visit, and the site of many happy family memories, was Long Beach Island in New Jersey. As a boy, he spent many summer days on “LBI” with his family. Later on, with his own family, vacations were often at his brother Frank’s beach house in Beach Haven.

Donald is survived by his son John, John’s wife Laura, and their son Evan; his daughter Heidi, Heidi’s husband Keith, and their children Emily, Audrey, and Bradley; his sister-in-law Donna and Donna’s husband Edward. Donald is also survived by his brother Frank’s children, Patricia, Susan and Thomas, and their families; and by his brother Robert’s children, Robert and David, and their families.

Donald was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Barbara. They are together again. Donald was also preceded in death by his father, Robert; his mother, Pauline; his eldest brother, Frank, and Frank’s wife, Ellen; and his middle brother, Robert, and Robert’s wife, Shirley.

The family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude and thanks to the staff of Cathedral Square assisted living for their care of Donald over the last months of his life. Donations in Donald’s memory can be made to Cathedral Square, 412 Farrell Street, Suite 100, South Burlington, VT 05403.

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