June 6, 1936 — February 1, 2018
LAKE GEORGE — George W. Greene, 81, died unexpectedly on Feb. 1, 2018, at Glens Falls Hospital, New York with his wife and children by his side.
He was born on June 6, 1936 in Albany. He was the son of the late George W. Greene and the late Agnes M. (Garry) Greene. His father was an Albany Attorney who worked for the Court of Appeals and volunteered on weekends working on behalf of veterans, since he himself served in WWI.
George grew up in Albany and attended Vincentian Institute and Catholic High School until his father remarried and the family moved to Troy. He graduated from Catholic Central High School, Troy, in 1954. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, 1954; graduated from Marine Corps Sea School, 1955; served in European, Atlantic and Caribbean Theatres; and was discharged as Corporal with recommendation for re-enlistment, Sept. 11, 1957.
He graduated from St. Michael’s College, Vermont in 1961 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and minored in Economics and Journalism. George’s work ethic mirrored his Father’s from a young age, starting work as a mail carrier. After his dear mother passed, he worked in many capacities (sweeping floors, barn boy, wrangler) during the summers for his Uncle Joe Garry at Roaring Brook Ranch in Lake George. During college, he worked for Champlain Valley Fruit Co. in Burlington, the Burlington Daily News, and during Christmas breaks he worked for the United States Post Office in Troy.
George was entrusted with managing Roaring Brook’s busy bar during college summers, and upon graduating became the Assistant Manager. He intended on pursuing his law degree, and worked at Liberty Mutual Insurance doing pre-trial work in Albany. He was accepted into St. John’s (Brooklyn, New York) and Albany Law School, but in 1964 his Uncle Joe persuaded him to “straighten out the ranch and manage it for a couple of years”. He spent the next 54 years of his life managing, building, and loving Roaring Brook Ranch, becoming a junior partner in ownership with his first cousins the late Jack and Joseph Garry. When George took over the family business, he took it to the next level, acting as general contractor on many building projects and erecting the first 10,000 square foot Conference Facility in Lake George. Simultaneously, George was building something more important; he graciously welcomed guests from all over the world and created an atmosphere where every employee felt like family. He mentored and trained family and friends in the Resort business for decades and was highly respected by employees, family and business professionals in the area.
In 1989, George met his future wife, Jill Slaterpryce, while interviewing for summer waitresses. She was the only applicant from his alma mater, St. Michael’s College since he graduated. She was hired and that began the greatest love story, 29 years of friendship, two beautiful daughters, and 16 years of marriage.
George lovingly “managed”, supported and treasured his family every minute of every day. He was in awe of the children’s ages and stages, being a “slightly”older father. After Jill taught George how to drive pontoon boats on Lake George, they purchased a 1959 Chris Craft Cabin Cruiser. The young family enjoyed breathtaking boat rides and sunny afternoons in Sandy Bay, always followed by family meals back at the ranch. He was a gentleman of utmost integrity, always leading by example whether in work, in worship, or in humor. His motto regarding Mass was that “if you were on this side of the grass you had no excuse.” Consequently, Maggie became an alter server and Joy an instrumentalist and singer at weekly Mass. He was so proudof them and recently looked at me with a twinkle in his eye and said, “We must have done something right”.
George was predeceased by his mother, Agnes (Garry) Greene, father, George W. Greene, and a brother, Peter Greene, who died in infancy. He is survived by his wife, Jill (Slaterpryce) Greene, and daughters, Joy and Maggie Greene of Lake George, New York; and by his sister, Mary Ellen (Greene) Keays of Albany, New York.
A Mass of Christian burial will be at 9:30 a.m., on Saturday, Feb. 10, at Scared Heart Catholic Church in Lake George. Family and friends are invited, and may call from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, at Regan Denny Stafford Funeral Service, 53 Quaker Road, Queensbury.
The family wishes to thank Dr. John Sawyer for his care over the years, and the Glens Falls Hospital and emergency room staff. Donations in honor of George can be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, or SPCA of Upstate New York.
Those who wish may make online condolences by visiting sbfuneralhome.com.