SHELBURNE -- Art Green died of natural causes on Dec. 19, 2014, one day after his 84th birthday. He was surrounded by his family, his primary focus in life.
He was born on Dec. 18, 1930, in Somerville, Mass., to Arthur and Alice (DePugh) Green. He served in the US Army during the Korean War, and later in the Air Force Reserves and Army National Guard. In 1973, after working at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, Mass., his skills in aviation radar brought him and his family to Vermont, where he worked for the Federal Aviation Administration, until his retirement in 2005, ensuring radar sites at Vermont airports functioned flawlessly. At the age of 79, he earned an Associate's Degree in Electronics and the title Master Electrician from Ashworth University. Art had the incredible ability to fix anything. He was the master of "jerry-rigging" when called for.
He married his best friend and wife, Nancy (Pratt), on March 23, 1957, in Waltham, Mass., and together they enjoyed 57 years of marriage. They found joy from camping, traveling to Europe numerous times, and in more recent years, driving their RV to Key West each winter.
Art was a gregarious, friendly gentleman who always found a way to help those around him. Whether it was snow-blowing a neighbor's driveway, helping coach pee-wee hockey, or volunteering with numerous organizations over the years, he found happiness from knowing his acts improved the lives of others. His legacy lives on through organ donation. He had a love of trains and recently was part of the restoration of the "220 Engine" at Shelburne Museum. He was also a member of Isaac Parker Masonic Lodge of Waltham, Mass.
He will be dearly missed by those who survive him including his wife, Nancy; their five children, Art Jr. (Tammy) of Windham, Maine, Deborah Rooney (John) of Shelburne, Steve of Burlington, Betsey Dempsey (Don) of Williston, and Penny Fairhurst (Sean) of Shelburne; grandchildren, Heidi Green Fowler, Jeremiah Green, Kane Rooney, Maggie Rooney, Jack Rooney, Katie Dempsey, Aaron Dempsey, Abby Fairhurst, and Molly Fairhurst; great-grandson, Evan Fowler; sisters, Frances Drew (twin), M. Elaine Sakowich, and Evelyn Knight; as well as many nieces and nephews. He is already missed by his adored Gordon Setter, Libby. He was predeceased by his parents; and sister, Grace.
A memorial service and celebration of Art's life is planned for Monday, Dec. 29, 2014, at the Shelburne United Methodist Church at 10 a.m., with a reception to follow. Online condolences may be made through www.gregorycremation.com.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Shelburne Rescue.