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William K. Greener

June 12, 1931 ~ June 26, 2020 (age 89)

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SALEM – William K. “Bill” Greener, 89 of Salem, formerly of Trenton, New Jersey died peacefully at home with his family by his side on Friday, June 26, 2020. William was the ninth out of ten children born to John S. Greener and Viola Stewart Greener in Trenton, New Jersey. He was the beloved husband to Joan Martin Greener, the love of his life with whom he shared over 33 years of marriage.

William honorably served in the United States Navy from 1951 – 1954 during the Korean War earning the Navy Occupational Service Medal (European Clasp) and the National Defense Service Medal.

After the Navy, William relocated to Salem, MA and studied welding. He took on various jobs but settled at Atwood & Morrill until he retired in 1997. He enjoyed retirement for three years, and then began a job at Plummer Home for Boys as a house maintenance man where he worked until 2013. After his second retirement, William and his wife enjoyed traveling to visit family, playing cards and having happy hour in their beautiful backyard.

William was always “Mr. Fix-It” and always had a “honey-do-list” with all his children and grandchildren. He was always there to lend a helping hand, had a great sense of humor and was always willing to love life. He had a passion for woodworking and repurposing old furniture. He loved reading, playing cribbage with friends, cooking new things and spending time with Joan and his family.

Joan and Bill loved traveling to Hilton Head Island, SC and Kennebunk, Maine for their anniversary, cruising to warm places, and in 2019 traveled the trip of a lifetime to the Azores twice! He will be dearly missed by his family and friends for his sense of humor, smile, wisdom and easy going nature!

William is survived by his wife, Joan of 34 years; their children, Henry Greener, John Greener, Kathy Olcott and husband Larry, Dave Nelson and wife Dawna, Sandra Begin, Michelle Pare and Jeanne Muse and husband Jim. His sister-in-law, Linda Austin. He is survived by 13 grandchildren; Billy and Dana Bonocore, Ally Abbott, Melissa Cunningham and partner Patrick Young, Jessica McComas and husband Matthew, Corey Sinclair, Ben Kapnis, K.T. and Sydney Fitzgerald, Dave Jr. and Austin Nelson and Genvieve and Samuel Begin. His 5 great-grandchildren; Emma Cunningham, Ellie and Emelia Young, Aaron and Lilly-Anne McComas, and many nieces and nephews from New Jersey.

William was predeceased by his parents, John and Viola, his nine siblings and children, Billy Greener, Jr., Lynne Anne Pare, Tracie Fitzgerald and former wives Henrietta and Sandra Greener.

ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours in The O’Donnell Funeral Home, 84 Washington Sq., (at Salem Common) Salem on Monday, July 6th from 2 to 4 P.M. All other services are private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill’s memory to Progeria Research Foundation, P.O. Box 3453, Peabody, MA 01960. Sharing written remembrances and condolences, during this time will be essential in helping the family reminisce, celebrate and heal. We encourage you to share your memories by visiting his eternal tribute at www.odonnellfuneralservice.com.

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July 6, 2020

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The O'Donnell Funeral Home
84 Washington Square
Salem, MA 01970

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