Obituary of Richard G Green Sr.
Richard G. Green, 89, went home to Jesus on January 14, 2021 after his valiant battle with cancer. He was fondly known as Rick, Dad, Daddy, Papa and Mr. Green. Richard was born on February 21, 1931 to William A. Green and Bearith B. (Austin) Green in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Richard enlisted in the United States Air Force, after graduating high school. While stationed in the military, he received certification in Colorado to serve as a Fire Fighter. Richard met his wife Gloria in Buffalo, New York, and they were married and blessed with four children: Ernest, Richelle, Deborah and Richard. They also raised their granddaughter Maria, from an infant, whom they regard as their daughter. Richard and his family spent a majority of his Air Force career stationed in Japan, Germany and Niagara Falls, New York. He was a decorated veteran, who became promoted to Staff Sergeant. Richard received awards, such as an Air Force Good Conduct Medal, an Air Force Longevity Service Award with two Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters, a National Defense Service Medal, and an Air Force Longevity Award with three Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters. After retiring from the Air Force, Richard worked for the U.S. Postal Service, and then developed a lengthy history as a commercial truck driver. Possessing a drive for independence and having a business sense, Richard purchased his own truck and became an independent contractor. He drove truck for over 25 years, until he retired. Richard is remembered for his youthful energy, great sense of humor, authentic nature, and the ability to fix almost anything. He was a gifted mechanic, who enjoyed caring for those he loved, listening to gospel and blues music, watching sporting events, staying current with the news, working on vehicles, doing yard work, cooking, and home improvement projects. He never hesitated to make himself available, if he felt he could be of assistance. Richard is survived by his loving wife, Gloria Green, his children Ernest Green, Richard (Debra) Green, Deborah Green, and his grandchildren Maria (Michael) Anderson, Richard Green III, and Brian Green, 5 great-grandchildren, his sister Lela (Edward) Eskridge of Cleveland, Ohio, as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Richard is preceded in death by his parents William and Bearith Green, siblings “Junior” Albert Green, Louise (Kenneth) Eskridge, and by his daughter Richelle Green. Friends and relatives may visit the LOMBARDO FUNERAL HOME (Snyder Chapel) 4614 Main St., near Harlem Rd. on Friday 10-11 AM with a funeral service to follow at 11:00 AM. Interment at Forest Lawn Cemetery for family only due to COVID-19 restrictions. PURSUANT TO NYS COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS, OCCUPANCY GUIDELINES WILL BE FOLLOWED. PLEASE WEAR A FACE COVERING.