Robert (Bob) D. Greene
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SEBAGO -- Bob Greene died at his home in Sebago on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 8, 2012. He was born on April 30, 1943.
Bob will be remembered for his zest for life, quick wit (and corny jokes), and his love for his family, friends and his hometown.
He grew up in Sebago, the son of Dwight and Leona Greene. Bob attended schools in Sebago, graduated from Sebago's Potter Academy, and attended the University of Maine before striking out to see the world.
As a long-term employee of Intel and then Leasing Systems in California Bob was one of those fortunate people able to combine what they love with their job. In Bob's case, it was his love of technology and computers, teaching and mentoring people, and travel and different cultures. He travelled all over the world as a computer software applications expert, marketer, and software teacher. His jobs allowed him to live for many years in Japan and in England, and he wholeheartedly embraced their cultures.
Bob never forgot the small town in Maine where he grew up. When he first met his wife Lin Petersen in California in 1997 he introduced himself as just a 'dumb farmer from Maine.' He moved back home to Sebago and he and Lin were married in his parent's home at Mac's Corner in Sebago on Dec. 30, 1998. Bob was always more comfortable in his flannel shirt and suspenders than in a suit and tie, but his world experience gave him a perspective and love of learning that never left him.
Sometimes it felt as if Bob Greene was everywhere in Sebago - he loved his hometown and supported it with his labors and talents. He was active with the annual Sebago Days festival, a Deacon in the Center Sebago Church, and was a popular guest teacher at the Sebago Elementary School telling stories about Sebago's history and early settlers. For years he helped coordinate the Potter Alumni annual dinners, baked Leona's 'secret baked bean recipe' for Sebago Auxiliary dinners, was active with the Sebago Emergency Shelter Committee and the Sebago Historical Society where he wrote the Sebago History page for the Town of Sebago's website. The night before he died Bob was the jolly and exuberant Santa at the
Robert (Bob) D. Greene
lighting of the Sebago Christmas Tree.
Bob's love of computers and technology was lifelong. When he moved back home he started Lake Region Electric and did a variety of electrical contracting and computer trouble-shooting in the region. With good friend and colleague Herb Ranks (Ranks Electric) the two tackled a number of tough commercial electrical installations and repairs. Bob and Herb affectionately referred to each other as 'the team of Rigor and Mortis!' In recent years he helped his good friend Bob Laliberte teaching an on-line project management course.
He had a close brush with death on July 13, 2003, when he suffered an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. The Sebago EMS transported him to Bridgton Hospital where he was then rushed by Lifeflight helicopter to the Maine Medical Center in Portland. There he remained in intensive care for two weeks and his wife Lin was told that Bob was not expected to live. To everyone's relief Bob rallied, recovered and was discharged from the hospital with a new lease on life. At a 2005 ceremony in Lewiston honoring Lifeflight Bob said: 'I will never forget how everyone worked to save my life, and I will always be grateful to them.' The nine years since 2003 have been golden and have been treasured by everyone who knew and loved Bob.
Bob Greene is survived by his wife Lin; his brother Ted and sister Joanne; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his son David in Gloucester, Mass.; and stepsons, Jeff, Erik and Joshua on the west coast; and his beloved Scottish Terrier, Ciara. Bob was predeceased by his father Dwight, mother Leona; and his sister Nancy.
Services will be on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Visiting hours will be 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at the Sebago Center Community Church, followed by a funeral service. Interment will be at the North Baldwin Cemetery in the Greene family plot following the funeral service. FMI contact Watson, Neal & York Funeral Home www.wnyfuneralhome.com 207- 625-3221.
Donations and memorials
honoring Bob may be made to the Sebago Center Community
Church or Lifeflight of Maine.
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 11, 2012