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Pelham Funeral Home
Wednesday May 18th, 2022
3:00pm - 8:00pm

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St Barnabas Church
Thursday May 19th, 2022
12:00pm - 1:00pm

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Jim Greene

James “Jim” Greene of Yonkers, New York, formerly of Ballybannon, Castlewellan, Co. Down,  Ireland, passed away suddenly on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Jim was one of four children born to Jimmy and Kitty (nee McClean) Greene. He attended Annsborough Primary and Newcastle Technical Schools, and as a young man served six years as a typesetter with the Mourne Observer newspaper. Jim was a skillful soccer and Gaelic football enthusiast, playing minor with Castlewellan and winning a county Junior Medal with Bryansford in 1967 and a Senior Runner-up Medal in 1968. During that time, Jim made several visits to New York, and in 1969 he decided to live here on a permanent basis.  

Jim was a much loved part of the Rice and Heslin Families in New York.  No family gathering - whether birthday, wedding, christening or backyard barbeque - was complete without Jim, sitting in the middle of everyone and sharing a story and a laugh.  He would be happy to admit that he was usually the last one to leave the party. The New York Irish community was Jim’s extended family. He provided a home away from home for many well-known GAA footballers down through the years, and a helping hand to whoever needed a boost.  No GAA County function was complete without Jim’s stellar journal. He was a perfectionist, and every journal showed the mark of Jim’s dedication to his craft. He was loved by all who knew him and will be missed beyond measure.

Jim is survived by his siblings; John Greene (Rita), Gerry Greene, and May King (nee Greene), his nephews; Conleth Greene, John Greene, Jim Greene, and Anthony King, his nieces; Cathy Johnson, Caroline McVeigh, and Christine Fadden. He is also fondly remembered by his grandnieces and grandnephew in Ireland.

A celebration of Jim's life will take place at the Pelham Funeral Home located at 64 Lincoln Avenue, Pelham, New York on Wednesday, May 18th from 3:00-8:00 pm. A Memorial Mass will take place at St. Barnabas Church, located at 409 East 241 Street, Bronx, NY on Thursday, May 19th at 12 noon. Jim is being repatriated home to his final rest in Aughlisnafin, Castlewellan, Co. Down, Ireland.

In lieu of flowers, the Greene family suggests donations be made in Jim’s name to the Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust.

A Live Stream of Jim's memorial mass can be viewed Here.

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I only heard today about Jim. I was really saddened. He was a lifelong friend. I hadn’t seen him for a long time as l live in Victoria BC, but we talked on the phone a few times a year. Rest In Peace, Jim.
Judy Phillips (nee Mullen) Previously of Castlewellan.

Judy Phillips Jul 3 2022 1:21 PM

Rest In Peace Jim thank you for your service to the Association God Bless

Joe Lydon Boston GAA May 29 2022 9:15 AM

It was always great to run into Jim to discuss things or listen to his stories. As Fr. Fitzgerald said in his homily, "Jim was immersed in the life and fabric of our Irish American community..." Jim was a perfectionist on everything that he worked on. He proofread every Journal and anything he printed, the results were amazing, and it was a pleasure to work with Jim. May he Rest in Peace in the company of the Angels.

Tom Beirne May 20 2022 8:03 AM

Jim was a kind and generous gentleman. Was always great to run into Jim and discuss things or hear his stories. As Fr. Fitzgerald said in his homily
"Jim was immersed in the life and fabric of our Irish American Community..." Jim was a perfectionist and proofread everything on the journals or other printing work that he took on. He took immense pride in everything he worked on, the results were amazing, and it was a pleasure to work with him. He will truly be missed. May Jim Rest in Peace in the company of the Angels.

Tom Beirne May 20 2022 7:51 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jim Greene

Joanne & Gavin May 20 2022 6:19 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jim Greene

Patty Corsale May 19 2022 1:05 PM

Your happy smile will be forever etched in my mind. Remembering you at all ‘Walsh’ gatherings with a smile and a story.
You’ve been invited to the Heavenly Banquet that will last forever.
Love is Kind
Love is Precious
Eternal Rest to you
Jim Greene as you are welcomed Home.
Love, Patty Corsale
(The Walsh’s)
Ringwood New Jersey

Patty Corsale May 19 2022 1:04 PM

Jim may your gentle soul Rest In Peace you were a wonderful neighbor.

Damien, Maire and Baldwin family May 19 2022 8:40 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Jim Greene

Greg McCartan from Down 🔴⚫️ May 18 2022 3:15 PM

Our deepest condolences to Jim's family, he will be sorely missed. We have many fond memories of his presence.
May he Rest in Peace

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