Edward R. Greene ’65 died on March 12, 2022, in Bath, Maine
(The following was provided by the Maine Sunday Telegram on March 20, 2022)
BATH – The Rev. Edward R. Greene, 78, of Valley Road died, Saturday, March 12, 2022, at his residence with his bible in his hands.
He was born in Bath on August 16, 1943, a son of Stanley W. and Ethel A. (Johnson) Greene.
Ed attended Bath schools and graduated from Morse High School as salutatorian in the class of 1961. He graduated cum laude from Bowdoin College in 1965 with a bachelor of arts, and from General Theological Seminary in New York City with a bachelor of Sacred Theology. He was ordained as a deacon in June of 1968 and ordained priest in December of 1968. In December of 1969 he married Vicky Vrooman. He served churches in Old Town, Biddeford, and Sanford as well as Fitchburg and Worcester, Mass., and Harpers Ferry, W.Va. He retired in 1998 and moved back to Bath. On February 18, 2006, he married George VanHazinga.
He was canonically resident in the Diocese of West Virginia and was licensed to conduct services in the Diocese of Maine. He was an Associate of the Society of St. John the Evangelist.
His ministry as a priest brought him great joy and the love of learning and the desire for God was central to his life. As a biblical scholar he maintained his knowledge of Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. He enjoyed listening to Renaissance polyphony and the music of Bach.
He was predeceased by his husband, George VanHazinga on August 26, 2015; and one son, Jeffery Greene, who died in infancy.
He is survived by two sons, Jonathan Greene and Thomas Greene and his wife, Carmen Varela, all of St. Petersburg, Florida; by one brother, Richard W. Greene of Glastonbury, Connecticut, and one sister, Judith Hunnewell of Bowdoin; and three stepchildren.