Jack Greene Obituary, Retired Captain Of Erie Firefighters IAFF Local 293 Has Died

Jack Greene Obituary, Death-  We are devastated to inform you that another one of our treasured retirees, retired Captain Jack Greene, passed away not too long ago. His passing has left us with a void in our hearts.

We extend our sympathies on behalf of the men and women of Erie Firefighters IAFF Local 293, who are all members of our union. Jack took his retirement in 1979 from the old Engine 8 located at 23rd and Ash Streets. He had worked there for a number of decades. Jack, who had reached the age of 97 at the time of his retirement, was our retiree who held the record for being the oldest. In addition to being a proud firefighter, Jack was also an honorably discharged veteran of World War II.

During World War II, Jack was a Navy Corpsman who was attached to the Marine Corps and served in the Pacific theater. Jack was able to take great pride in the fact that two of his sons, Rich Greene, who is now retired from Engine 13 as Captain, and Kevin Greene, who is presently serving as Lieutenant for Engine 12, followed in his footsteps and became firemen. Rich Greene served Engine 13 as Captain for many years before retiring. Kevin Greene currently serves as Lieutenant for Engine 12.

Jack was noted for his lively attitude and took great satisfaction in his role as an elder statesman. He continued to drive well into his 90s, was an avid golfer who preferred to walk rather than ride in a cart, and continued to be active well into his later years. If you were to talk to Jack, he would be more than delighted to tell you his age one, ten, or even twenty times over the course of your conversation! He never failed to smile warmly at you and exhibit genuine gladness at your arrival. He never missed a chance to do either of those things. Our deepest condolences go out to Jack’s family and friends, and we are thankful to Jack for the service he rendered to both his local community and his country. Jack, you will be much missed by all of us, but at least you will finally be able to rest in peace now.