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Robert Greene, 74, former painter and avid walker

April 16, 1945 - July 12, 2019

Robert Greene was a walker. He was well-known for taking long walks, usually pushing a shopping cart which he filled with bottles and cans as he made his way from his home on Southampton Street to Walden Avenue and Harmonia Street, ending up at the Tops supermarket on Jefferson Avenue to redeem what he found.

The people on his route knew him, trusted him and looked after him, setting aside recyclables for Mr. Greene to pick up.

His family members took care of him, too, taking him to appointments, on rides, and getting him settled in a new apartment. They called him "Uncle Bobby."

Last week, Mr. Greene walked a lot farther than usual and ended up four miles away in Cheektowaga. He was fatally struck by a vehicle on the Thruway on July 12. He was 74.

Mr. Greene was born in Memphis, Tenn., and moved as a child to Boston, Mass. There, he attended high school and learned to paint: both art and home interiors. He worked for many years doing both.

He later moved to Buffalo to be with his sister, Zandra Lewis.

About seven years ago, he suffered severe head trauma, his family said. But that didn't change his pleasant and encouraging demeanor, his family said. He was always charming, polite and gentle. One of his favorite expressions was: “I feel better as I see you and hear your voice.”

Mr. Green was a sharp dresser who loved to sing and dance. He enjoyed listening to music, playing cards, visiting with family and friends, along with smoking cigarettes and having a beer while he watched basketball and TNT.

Mr. Green was a member of Miracle Missions Full Gospel Church under the pastorate of his brother-in-law, Overseer Dr. James A. Lewis III. While he didn't attend regularly, he was a tither and supporter of the church, his family said.

Mr. Greene's longtime love, Latrella Fuller, died in 2016. He remained close with her children.

He's survived by his daughter Keiley Denny; son, Daryl Fuller, two sisters, Zandra Joyce Lewis and Sister Judy Gleason; two grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

A viewing will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Miracle Missions Full Gospel Church, 406 Sycamore St. with the funeral beginning at 11 a.m.

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