John J.'s Story

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John J. Green, a lifelong Beverly resident, and a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died peacefully at the Kaplan House in Danvers on November 17, surrounded by his family, after a brief illness. He was 86 years old and was the son of the late John J. and Mary Green of Federal Street in Beverly.
John graduated from St. Mary’s School before attending St. John’s Prep where he excelled as a scholar, athlete and editor of the school newspaper. From the Prep, he attended Harvard University, graduating summa cum laude in 1953, with degrees in government and economics. While commuting on the train daily to Harvard, he met a Boston College student, his future wife ,Anne W. (Como) Green, and together they shared 61 years of marriage before her passing earlier this year.
After his graduation from Harvard, John served in the U.S Navy and then began his career at the National Shawmut Bank of Boston. He rose quickly through the ranks during his 40-plus years at the bank, culminating in his position as Executive Vice President and Chief Loan Officer. While at the bank, John was considered to be an excellent mentor to younger employees and maintained a lifelong interest in their growth and success, both personally and professionally. It was said that his retirement party was the largest in the bank’s long history.
John was devoted to his church and his community. As a lifelong communicant of St Margaret’s, he served as Parish Council president for decades and became somewhat of the unofficial church historian. As a lifelong resident of Beverly, he was asked to serve on several boards and commissions and gave his time freely for his neighbors and community. He enjoyed summer days at West Beach with his family and served on the 4th of July committee for many years.
It was his devotion to his family, however, that truly marked his life. He was the proud father of six, grandfather of 22, and great-grandfather of four. He loved his role as “Boppa” to all and loved to share in school activities, sports and to watch his family grow and thrive. Their success was his success.
He is survived by his six children, Julie Rowe and her husband, Chuck of Beverly Farms, Jennifer Creamer and her husband, John of Midlothian, Va., Matthew and his wife, Claudia Piper of Beverly Farms, David and his wife, Sandee of Bedford, N.H., Maura Curran and her husband, John of Beverly Farms, and Becky Cavalero and her husband, Brian of Portland, Maine. Additionally, he is survived by his sisters, Mary Reinhalter of Hamilton, Mass., and Nancy Bivona and her husband, Bill of Point Judith, R.I. He was also preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Edmund Reinhalter.
Visiting hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA. A funeral Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at St. Margaret’s Church in Beverly Farms, followed by burial at the Beverly Farms Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to the Friends of the Beverly Farms Library, 24 Vine Street, Beverly Farms, MA 01915. Information, directions, condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
Published on  November 20, 2017
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