A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date
GREENE, Gerald “Richard”
“A golden heart stopped beating, hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us, he only takes the best.”
It is with heavy hearts we announce the unexpected passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather on April 11, 2020 at the age of 76. Richard was the eldest son of the late Gerald and Doris Greene of Blenheim. He is survived by his loving and very patient wife of 50 years, Sherry (nee: Blackburn) and two daughters, Melodie Greene of Indonesia and Heather and Tom Moore of Wyoming, Ontario. Extremely proud grandfather of Connor, Cian and Brydie Moore. Dear brother-in-law to Bill Blackburn (late Betty) of Chatham, the late Dale Blackburn and Carolyn of Exeter, the late Glen Blackburn and Dot of Terrance Beach, Don Blackburn (late Charlotte) of Cambridge, Larry and Helen Blackburn of Chatham, Joan and Harry Kranenburg of Trenton and the late Randy Blackburn of Chatham. Lovingly remembered by several nieces, nephews and friends.
Richard’s love of community and its youth was expressed through his contributions to Scouting, where he brought to life some pretty amazing Christmas floats and elaborate haunted houses. Likewise, it gave him the excuse to live out his childhood dream of building and operating the well known Kub Kar and Drag Tracks, which brought much excitement for boys and girls over a 40-year span. Although, many wonderful memories for his children and grandchildren were also created as a result of his involvement in Scouting, it was his enthusiastic love of Algonquin Park that led to countless summers canoeing, kayaking and hiking that will be most cherished. We may have made fun of his obsession, but his love of nature and being outdoors was infectious, and many memories were made and shared as a family.
Anyone who received one of Richard’s woodworking originals knows he was a man of many talents who could do anything, build anything and had unwavering devotion to family and friends. His quiet presence was immeasurable and will be immensely missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Due to the current health pandemic, cremation has taken place; however, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. For those wishing to make a memorial donation please consider The Friends of Algonquin Park, Ronald McDonald House or a charity of your choice.