In Memory

Jack Green

Jack Green

We are sad to share the news that Jack Green died of cancer this past Tuesday in Knoxville, Tennessee. Jack wrote on our class website that he served in the US Navy, police, and worked at Manheim Auto Auctions. He and his wife of 51 years, Sherry, had six grandchildren. To the question, “What did you want to do that you haven’t done,” Jack answered, “Can’t think of anything. I’ve had a full life and have been truly blessed by God.” We are particularly sad for Jack’s twin, Judy Green Russell and his sister Karen. Our class had four sets of twins (Hartigans, Runyans, Hinchmans, and Greens), but Jack and Judy were the only set of boy/girl twins. Jack, Judy, and Karen Green attended Central School.

Judy wrote, “I just want to thank all my Haddonfield friends and classmates for your condolences. I’m sure my brother is smiling down from heaven and saying thank you. He’s been there for me my entire life and part of my heart went with him. I miss him immensely. He left behind a beautiful and amazing family. I will be forever grateful that I was blessed and honored to have an extremely amazing brother I my life. We were together at birth and throughout life’s journey. I loved him then, now, and forever.”

Many thanks to Nelson Widell for contacting me and forwarding this quote from Jack’s daughter, Jenny Green Close, on Facebook.

“Dad has been married to my mom for 51 years and was the best father to my brother, sister and me. He moved to CA in 1978 for work and stayed there until retiring. At which point he and my Mom moved to Lake Havasu, AZ, and then after a few years, they moved to the beautiful state of Tennessee. My Dad has a heart of gold and loved everyone. He would give you the shirt off his back even if his beliefs differed. He was extremely generous and helped numerous people without wanting anything in return. He felt truly blessed by blessing others. He was funny and loved to laugh and make people laugh. He enjoyed traveling the world with my mom and they were always on the go. He was a Christian man, with a tremendous amount of faith and wanted everyone to know his Jesus is real. His battle with cancer was painful but brief. He was ready to go into the arms of the Lord; however, the rest of us were not ready to say goodbye.”



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12/22/20 04:06 PM #1    

Craig Miller

I called Jack late last week.  Now I know why he didn't call back.  We lived on the same street and had a good time together.  Rest in peace good friend!

12/23/20 08:48 AM #2    

Vincent Summers

Jack Green once whalloped me on the side of the head. Maybe I needed that. I was surprised to hear that, he of all persons had died. Some of us (let's be honest) look a little less than the freshest vegetable on the plate. He looked pretty good and had an energetic personality. And I seem to recall Craig Miller was a clear friend of Jack's from early times. Well, condolences to the family. It's especially tough for a twin. I'm very sorry, Judy.

12/23/20 11:03 AM #3    

Craig Miller

A quick rememberance.  After it snowed Jack and I would go to Walnut St. where it met Lakeview and climb up the little hill and that over looked Walnut.  If you know the area, Walnut right there is an incline, and a big cement wall on one side.  We would stand up there and throw snowballs at the cars trying to go up or down the hill.  All were fair game.


Another one is from football and the JV team.  Coach Reeves used to have us do drills to beat a double team block.  Jack and I had a system that we would close whichever eye the double was coming from so we could be ready and beat it.  Coach Reeves used to tell Jack and I that we were very good at beating the double team!

12/24/20 02:41 PM #4    

Nelson Widell

Here's Jack Green at far right as well as all our Central School classmates at my 10th birthday in 1958.

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