Joseph E. Green of Woodstock, the beloved husband of Jennifer (Peck) Green, died Friday, August 11, 2017 at the Masonic Hospital in Wallingford. He was born in Oceanside, N.Y. on December 22,1942, the son of Hiram and Florence (Silvey) Green.
Joe graduated from Brown University in 1964 and from Columbia Business School in 1966. As a young CPA, he was employed by Arthur Young, Price Waterhouse and several other firms in New York and Boston before opening his own office in Weston, MA in 1995. His clients were scattered from coast to coast. Thanks to his fluency in German (learned at college), he had a long association with a prominent German publisher which provided an excuse to travel abroad every year.
K2VUI, Joe, began a lifelong love affair with ham radio when he was 13 years old. Operating solely in morse code, he spoke to other hams all over the world. Joe loved to talk (ragchew), even in code. He belonged to several amateur radio organizations including the ARRL and was a proud member of FOC and CWOPS, clubs restricted to those proficient in morse code.
He first met Jenny in a music survey class at Brown, and that class changed his life in many ways. Both music and Jenny became abiding interests. He married Jenny on May 18, 2003, was a subscriber to the BSO and supported Tanglewood as a Business Partner.
The FOC motto is “A man should keep his friendship in constant repair,” and Joe took this to heart. He was truly interested in people, and he remembered things about them; names and ages of children, birthdays, phone numbers, social security numbers, ham call signs. He was intellectually curious and omnivorous. There was no topic that escaped his desire for knowledge; he owned more books than he ever had time to read and he was generous, always willing to lend equipment, offer advice, help out financially if possible.
And finally, Joe loved to travel. Initially dismissive of the cultural value of cruising, spending a few hours in a given port, he quickly became a convert and really looked forward to the annual pre-tax season cruises to the Caribbean. His favorite trips, though were the two crossings on the Queen Mary 2. Joe always liked the finer things in life, and they certainly qualified!
In addition to his wife, this extraordinary man is survived by his son, Adam Green, his wife, Laura Graham, and their children Michael and Sophie Graham Green of Arlington; a daughter, Barbara Green (Eric Siegel) of Michigan; his sister, Elsa (Ron) Rienzi of Ocala, Florida and her children Mara and Gillian; his aunt, Estelle Silvey of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and numerous cousins.
Relatives and friends are invited to the Funeral Service for Joe on Sunday, August 20,
2017 at 11:00 am in the Congregation B’nai Shalom, 125 Church St., Putnam, Ct
06260. Burial will follow in Barlow Cemetery, Woodstock. The family requests no flowers. Donations may be made to Masonicare Hospice, 22 Masonic Ave., Wallingford, CT 06492. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home, 104 Church St., Putnam. To offer a message of condolence or share a memory, please visit www.GilmanandValade.com