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Green, Alfred James

Male 1920 - 2016  (95 years)


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  • Name Green, Alfred James  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born 2 Oct 1920  Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 Sep 2016  Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2717  Our Family
    Last Modified 16 Jan 2024 

    Father Green, Samuel,   b. 12 Feb 1895, New York, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jul 1948, Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Boyle, Elizabeth,   b. 5 Jan 1896, Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 May 1987, Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 14 Nov 1919  Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 8, 9, 10, 11
    Family ID F6086  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • ALFRED J. GREEN
      AGE: 95 • Wilmington, Delaware

      A life well-lived…..
      Alfred Green passed away September 25 with Florence, his beloved wife of 69 years, at his side. He is also survived by family that loved him: his children - Penny Madden, Karen Green and her partner Linda Cavanaugh, and Andrew Green; five grandchildren - Lezlie Madden and husband Matt Raalf, Zoe Vero, Bianca Rose Cavanaugh-Green, Alexander Green and wife Natanya Miller, and Elana Green; two great-grandsons - Everett and Tanner Raalf; former daughter-in-law Teresa Harrison; nephews Steven Dougherty, Steven Levine, Robert Levine, and niece Gwen Steptoe.

      Born October 2, 1920, Al came of age during the Great Depression. He was the eldest of five children of Elizabeth and Samuel Green including his siblings Ruth, Vivian, Marvin and Herb. Graduating Wilmington High School at the age of 16, Al earned a chemistry degree from the University of Delaware and then a master's degree in chemistry from Virginia Tech by the time of his 21st birthday. By then, World War II was raging and Al served in the US Army Air Corps from 1942 to 1945, based in Saipan in the South Pacific. Al remained in the US Army Reserves for over 20 years, retiring with the rank of Colonel.

      During the war, Al saw a photo of Florence Ferber in the Wilmington News Journal which was delivered to the local troops serving overseas. He told his sister that he wanted to date Florence when he returned. And that he did, showing up in his uniform to their first date. Florence vividly remembers that moment when she opened the door and saw that handsome soldier. Al and Florence were married in February 1947. Al began his career as a chemical engineer with National Vulcanized Fiber (NVF) where he remained for over 35 years, ultimately serving as a senior executive of the company. During this time, his extended family spent many happy summers together in Wildwood, New Jersey.

      Beyond his boundless devotion to his wife and children, Al believed strongly in service to his community. A driving force in Al's life was the Jewish ideal of "Tikkun Olam," repairing the world. Al remained a lifelong member of Temple Beth Emeth, attending Saturday Shabbat services devotedly. He served the Jewish community in numerous leadership roles on the following boards - Temple Beth Emeth, including as President from 1968-1972; the Jewish Federation of Delaware, including as campaign chairman and treasurer; the Jewish Community Center; Pinemere Camp; and Beth Emeth Memorial Cemetery, including a long term as President.

      In retirement, Al continued his service volunteering at the emergency room of St. Francis Hospital for over twenty years until he was 91 years old. He was also a volunteer with SCORE, the senior core of retired executives, and at the A.I DuPont Hospital for Children. At the age of 88, Al received the award as Volunteer of the Year from the Jewish Federation of Delaware in a ceremony attended by Delaware's governor and senator.

      Al Green lived his life guided by the words etched on the front of his beloved synagogue, Temple Beth Emeth: "Do Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly with Thy God." He lived a long and sweet life…

  • Sources 
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      1940 United States Federal Census
      1940 United States Federal Census


    2. [S196] 1930 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Name: Ancestry.com Operations Inc;), Year: 1930; Census Place: Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware; Roll: 289; Page: 20A; Enumeration District: 0019; Image: 796.0; FHL microfilm: 2340024.
      1930 United States Federal Census
      1930 United States Federal Census


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      U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947
      U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947


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