Gary Ian Greenfield,73, passed away at his home in Wilkes-Barre from complications related to Multiple Myeloma.
Gary was born in 1947 to the late Samuel Greenfield. He attended Wyoming Seminary Day School and College Preparatory School in Kingston. Following high school, Gary enlisted in the Navy during the Vietnam War and served on the U.S.S. Seattle and the U.S.S. Vulcan, stationed in various areas throughout Vietnam and earned the National Defense Service Medal. Upon his discharge, Gary returned to the Norfolk, Virginia and obtained his B.S. in Geology from Old Dominion University.
In 1974, he started his 36 year career with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. He retired from the State in 2010 as the Assistant Regional Director of the Northeast Regional Office. He then began G2 Consulting Services offering his geological experience to a number of projects throughout the area. Gary was active in a number of community activities including the creation of the YMCA’s power-lifting program and coaching various youth sporting teams. He and his wife Sue were the co-founders of the Blue and Gold Fund which created the Meyers High School weight room in honor of Coach Mickey Gorham.
In 2010, Gary and Sue started their annual February retreats to St. Maarten. Gary’s interests included traveling with his family, history, the New York Times Crossword puzzles, and watching the Yankees, Notre Dame and the NY Giants. He tolerated attending Penn State football games only to keep peace in the family.
In addition to his father, Gary was preceded in death by many dear relatives, some of which will always have a special place in his heart. Aunt Jean Kotler, who he spent his childhood summers with, Uncle Dave Padwe, his Sunday night Chinese food buddy, and his in-laws Frank and Eva Ridolfi, who treated him like their son.
Gary is survived by his wife Sue (Ridolfi) Greenfield, daughter Rebecca Greenfield, Blufton, South Carolina; son Gregory, Harrisburg; son and daughter-in-law Michael and Lauren Greenfield, Philadelphia, grandson Sam Rusek, grand-daughters Abigail Rusek and Mila Greenfield and his granddog Lucky.
A grave site service will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. at Temple Israel Cemetery, observing social distancing.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the St Vincent de Paul Kitchen, 39 E Jackson St Wilkes-Barre PA 18702.
Arrangements by Rosenberg Funeral Chapel, Inc.
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St Vincent de Paul Kitchen
39 E Jackson St, Wilkes-Barre PA 18702