Thomas K. Greene
WEST ONEONTA — Thomas K. Greene of West Oneonta, 63, passed away on Oct. 13, 2013, from pancreatic cancer.
He was born in Oneonta on Sept. 23, 1950, the first son of Thomas H. and Elizabeth (Betty) Greene. In 1956 the family moved to Lakeland, Fla., where he lived until 1972, when he moved back to Oneonta after graduating from college. All of his schooling was in Lakeland, graduating from Lakeland High School in 1968, and from Florida Southern College in 1972. He did some graduate studies in economics in 1974 at State University at Oneonta.
On Jan. 7, 1977, I married the love of my life, Laura Becker. She was the rock that kept me stable and I was deeply in love with her and was fortunate to spend 36 years with her. I was the proud father of two wonderful sons, Jason Greene of Seabrook, N.H., and Tim Greene in Oneonta. I was blessed to have two incredible granddaughters, Breanna Marie Greene and Khloe Elizabeth Greene, daughters of my son, Jason.
I want to thank all of my family, relatives and friends who showed me so much love and friendship through my illness; including, Michele Wyman and so many co-workers from NYCM and many in the Hartwick College Athletic Department, especially Todd McGuiness and Nick Lambros. (Yes, I wrote some of this before passing.)
Tom grew up in a sports environment as his father was a college basketball coach and athletic director for over 25 years. Being in a gym was like a second home to him. He worshiped his father as he was his best friend and the only hero he ever had and was fortunate to have been able to see him almost every day of his life. Tom and his brothers, Dan and Bill had the best of two worlds by spending summers in Oneonta while growing up in Florida for 17 years.
Tom was a college and high school basketball official for 32 years from 1978 to 2010. For 17 years he officiated at the college level including four years when he was a Division I referee working in the Ivy and Patriot Leagues on the women’s side.
In March of 2013, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Oneonta Board of Women’s Basketball Officials which was the first class of inductees.
One of things he found much pleasure in were his perennial flower gardens. For over 30 years he expanded the gardens around his home spending countless hours landscaping the yard and building numerous stone walls.
He was very proud of his Irish American heritage. Tom attended many Irish festivals each year for over 20 years at Hunter Mountain, East Durham and Frankfort. Each year he looked forward to Brigid and Bill Sullivan’s Irish party at the Elks Club. Unfortunately he never made it to Ireland.
One of his loves was music. He would go to concerts all around New York State to see his favorite bands and singers. Music of the 1960s and 1970s, Doo Wop and all types of Irish music were his favorites. He was especially fond of Irish rebel songs and their fight for a united Ireland. Arlo Guthrie and Harry Chapin were his favorite singers and was fortunate to have seen both of them several times.
Tom was a lifelong Philadelphia Flyer and Atlanta Braves fan and followed them religiously.
He worked at New York Central Mutual for 21 years, retiring early due to his illness. Many of his co-workers kept in touch with him right up to the end and he was thankful for that.
Tom was predeceased by his father.
He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth B Greene; wife, Laura Greene; son, Jason Greene (Victoria Smith); and his two granddaughters, Breanna Marie Greene and Khloe Elizabeth Greene; son, Tim Greene; along with his uncle, Robert Barton of Schenevus and his family.
Calling hours will be noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, at the Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, 51 Dietz St., Oneonta.
A private family service will be held at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hartwick College Athletic Department Men’s and/or Women’s Basketball teams and/or Hospice.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to www.lhpfuneralhome.com.