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Thomas W. Greene, Western Electric retiree Dec. 27, 1919 -- March 15, 2006

Thomas W. Greene of the Town of Tonawanda, a retired Western Electric and town parks and recreation employee, died Wednesday in McAuley Rehabilitation Center, Town of Tonawanda. He was 86.

Employed for 30 years by Western Electric, he was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and was executive secretary and treasurer of Local 1162, Communication Workers of America.

He worked for 17 years at Lincoln Park for the Town of Tonawanda Parks and Recreation Department.

Mr. Greene was a past faithful navigator of the fourth degree of Buffalo Assembly, Knights of Columbus. He was marshal for the Diocesan Council of Catholic Men and was a recipient of the St. Thomas More Award for service to the lay apostolate.

He also was a third-degree member of Our Lady of Hope Council, Knights of Columbus, in Kenmore and was a former deputy grand knight.

Mr. Greene received the Frank Chapin Award as Fourth-Degree Color Corps Man of the Year in 2002.

For 16 years, he was secretary and treasurer of the Town of Tonawanda Men's Club.

A member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, he was a religion teacher for 15 years, assistant coordinator of religious education and a member of the Parish Council and Holy Name Society. In 1976, he was the first recipient of the Catholic Educator of the Year Award from the Diocese of Buffalo.

Survivors include his wife, the former Dorothy V. Osinski; three daughters, Deborah Wiede of Craryville, Robin Grandin of Nashville, Tenn., and Paula D'Amico of the Town of Tonawanda; a brother, Robert T. of Anaheim, Calif.; and a grandson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday in Blessed Sacrament Church, 263 Claremont Ave., Town of Tonawanda. Prayers will be said at 9 in Dengler & Roberts Funeral Home, 2070 Eggert Road, Amherst. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Town of Tonawanda.


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