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In Memoriam: James Greene

December 17, 2018

The following was sent to Middlebury College employees in an email from Cheryl Mullins, director of human resources on December 13, 2018.

Dear Colleagues, 

It is with sadness that I report that retiree and 25 Year Club Member James “Jimmy” Greene passed away peacefully on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018.  Jimmy started his career at the College in May of 1966 and continued working in Dining Services as a Pot Washer until his retirement in December of 2005. 

Dawn Boise, Proctor Hall Dining Room Manager, remembered that Jimmy “always had a smile on his face” and was unfailingly pleasant to work with.   Peter Halpin, the Baker at Proctor Hall, shared that Jimmy was great to work with for many reasons. Peter remembers Jimmy as an excellent communicator and a very hard worker, as Jimmy handled the morning pot-sink procedures single-handedly. Peter also shared that Jimmy remembered all of his colleagues’ birthdays and anniversaries, which Peter learned when Jimmy congratulated him on his own wedding anniversary, leaving Peter pleasantly surprised. 

Jimmy was born in Bristol on Nov. 23, 1943, and was the eldest of four sons born to James H. Greene and Arlene (Newton) Greene. He attended the Austine School for the Deaf in Brattleboro Vt., and graduated in 1961. Jimmy loved spending time with his family and friends. He was a kind man who held a quiet dignity and was always showing his love through his actions. He moved people to be better, teaching us to listen with our hearts and show kindness and understanding. He will be remembered as a loving brother, sweet uncle and wonderful cousin. His humble and genuine nature will be missed dearly by his family and friends.  Jimmy is survived by his brother, Ronald Greene of Homosassa, Fla., and by several nieces and nephews. Jimmy was predeceased by his parents and by his brothers Roger and Gerald “Tinker” Greene.

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Helen Porter for their support and compassion.  Memorial donations may be made to American Cancer Society, 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495.

Sincerely,
Cheryl