EUSTIS, FL/ST. ALBANS: It is with the utmost sadness that we announce the passing of Gary R. Greeno Sr. on Saturday, May 29th, at his home in Florida. Gary was surrounded by his wife and children.
Born on September 20th 1948 in St. Albans, Gary went to Holy Angels school, then on to Bellows Free Academy. He was a proud and honored Veteran of the Armed Forces serving for the Army’s 4th Infantry Division stationed out of Fort Riley, KS. Having served three tours of duty, between 1970-1972, he was the recipient of several medals including the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
After returning home from theater, Gary served as a correctional guard at the Northwest State Correctional Facility. He went on to work for Cobb’s Chevy Olds as a mechanic then a salesman. Before retiring he worked in the Service Department at Handy Dodge Toyota.
Gary started the Vermont chapter of the VVA (Vietnam Veterans Association), and was an active member of both the VFW and American Legion. After retiring he moved to Eustis, Florida with his wife Diane, where he would live out the remainder of his life. He had a love for cars and music as well as spending time with family and friends. His smile was truly infectious. He was affectionately known as “Greenjeans” by his brothers, sisters and friends.
Gary is survived by his wife of 50 years, Diane Greeno of Eustis FL, his children Gary Greeno Jr. and wife Myste of Essex Junction, Tracy Lowell and husband Jon of St. Albans; grandchildren Taylor Higgs of St. Albans, David Lowell of St. Albans, Zion Burr, Brandon Norseth and Jaime Norseth of Essex. He is also survived by his brothers Bill Greeno of St. Albans Bay, Mike Greeno of Swanton, and his sister Anne Tatro of Fairfax; along with many cousins, nieces, nephews and in-laws.
He is predeceased by his parents Alfred and Ruth Greeno of St. Albans, brothers Allen Greeno of Massachusetts, Robert Greeno of Alburgh, and sister Ruthie Ballard of Florida.
Gary touched the lives of many while on this earth and will be remembered for his kindness, bravery, generosity, hard work, and sense of humor.
Per Gary’s wishes, there will be no calling hours or service. He will be cremated and laid to rest at locations held close to his heart.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers or gifts, you donate to your local funeral home for people less fortunate in taking care of a loved ones’ final resting.
There will be a Celebration of Life, to be announced, at a later date.