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Richard Eric Greene

Herndon, Virginia

June 21, 1945 - July 6, 2024

Richard Eric Greene Obituary

Richard Eric Greene of Fairfax, VA went to be with the Lord on July 6, 2024. Born June 21, 1945 to Leon and Mary Greene in Jackson, Michigan, he is survived by his wife, Janet; his sons, Todd (Christy), and Eric (Katherine); his daughter, Jennifer Abbruzzese (Matthew); his grandsons, Gus, Ben, and Sam Abbruzzese and Jason Greene; his granddaughter, Kimberly Greene; his sister, Mary Ellen Magyar; sisters-in law, Linda Greene and Shirle Warren; his brother-in-law, Ronnell Denhof; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he

was preceded in death by his brother, Lawrence Greene; his brother-in-law, Joseph Magyar; and his sister-in-law, Linda Denhof.


From an early age, Richard had an aptitude for all things mechanical. He enjoyed building and fixing things, and understanding what made them work. As a young man he built and raced go-karts and learned to scuba dive in the cold Michigan waters as part of the police/fire rescue recovery team. He became a disc jockey at a local radio station, spinning the hits and reporting on the day’s news. His reporting sometimes led him to local hospitals, conducting interviews and following leads. On one of these occasions he met his future bride, Janet Schreer, a student nurse at Foote Memorial Hospital in Jackson, MI.


Several years later, their family moved to the nation’s capital. Richard’s career aspirations and respect for law enforcement led him to a public relations position with the Montgomery County, MD police department. That led to working for the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Justice; then the Drug Enforcement Administration, and finally the U.S. Customs Service.

Here Richard’s career thrived. He loved the U.S. Customs Service and the friends and colleagues he met there. He developed his skills in videography, television production, news reporting, writing copy, editing, and public affairs. He had many adventurous and challenging assignments working with U.S. Customs agents, often filming from speed boats, airplanes, and helicopters. He was the U.S. Customs Service’s first Director of Television Operations and ultimately served as Acting Assistant Commissioner of Public Affairs for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, part of the Department of Homeland Security.


When his children became involved in sports, Richard became active in coaching their teams. In his spare time, he started a lawn care

business and served as a volunteer firefighter. Richard and Janet raised their children with many fun outings and sporting events, and were always very involved in their activities.


Richard was a loving family man. He took great pride in his home and yard, loved the beach, boats, Corvettes, the Indianapolis 500, and Hill Street Blues. He loved dancing and music, and could whistle any tune perfectly. Above all, he found joy in his family and friends.


A visitation will be held on July 14 from 5:00-8:00 pm at Adams-Green Funeral Home in Herndon, VA. On July 15, a funeral Mass will be

celebrated at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Chantilly, VA at 10:00 am, followed by a reception and then interment at Fairfax Memorial Park at 2:00 PM.

































To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Richard Eric Greene hosted by Adams-Green Funeral Home.

Richard Eric Greene of Fairfax, VA went to be with the Lord on July 6, 2024. Born June 21, 1945 to Leon and Mary Greene in Jackson, Michigan, he is survived by his wife, Janet; his sons, Todd (Christy), and Eric (Katherine); his daughter, Jennifer Abbruzzese (Matthew); his grandsons, Gus, Ben, and Sam Abbruzzese and Jason Greene; his granddaughter, Kimberly Greene; his sister, Mary Ellen Magyar; sisters-in law, Linda Greene and Shirle Warren; his brother-in-law, Ronnell Denhof; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he

was preceded in death by his brother, Lawrence Greene; his brother-in-law, Joseph Magyar; and his sister-in-law, Linda Denhof.


From an early age, Richard had an aptitude for all things mechanical. He enjoyed building and fixing things, and understanding what made them work. As a young man he built and raced go-karts and learned to scuba dive in the cold Michigan waters as part of the police/fire rescue recovery team. He became a disc jockey at a local radio station, spinning the hits and reporting on the day’s news. His reporting sometimes led him to local hospitals, conducting interviews and following leads. On one of these occasions he met his future bride, Janet Schreer, a student nurse at Foote Memorial Hospital in Jackson, MI.


Several years later, their family moved to the nation’s capital. Richard’s career aspirations and respect for law enforcement led him to a public relations position with the Montgomery County, MD police department. That led to working for the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Justice; then the Drug Enforcement Administration, and finally the U.S. Customs Service.

Here Richard’s career thrived. He loved the U.S. Customs Service and the friends and colleagues he met there. He developed his skills in videography, television production, news reporting, writing copy, editing, and public affairs. He had many adventurous and challenging assignments working with U.S. Customs agents, often filming from speed boats, airplanes, and helicopters. He was the U.S. Customs Service’s first Director of Television Operations and ultimately served as Acting Assistant Commissioner of Public Affairs for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, part of the Department of Homeland Security.


When his children became involved in sports, Richard became active in coaching their teams. In his spare time, he started a lawn care

business and served as a volunteer firefighter. Richard and Janet raised their children with many fun outings and sporting events, and were always very involved in their activities.


Richard was a loving family man. He took great pride in his home and yard, loved the beach, boats, Corvettes, the Indianapolis 500, and Hill Street Blues. He loved dancing and music, and could whistle any tune perfectly. Above all, he found joy in his family and friends.


A visitation will be held on July 14 from 5:00-8:00 pm at Adams-Green Funeral Home in Herndon, VA. On July 15, a funeral Mass will be

celebrated at St. Timothy’s Catholic Church in Chantilly, VA at 10:00 am, followed by a reception and then interment at Fairfax Memorial Park at 2:00 PM.

































To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Richard Eric Greene hosted by Adams-Green Funeral Home.

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