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Richard Charles Green, 69, of Ford City, was called home on Tuesday, November 28, 2023.
Rich was born September 29, 1954, to Charles E. and Alice L. (Dunn) Green. He was a lifetime resident of the area, a true Ford Cityian.
He graduated in 1972 from Ford City High School where he ran cross country. He graduated from the ACMH School of Radiologic Technology in 1975.
He worked for over 40 years at ACMH first as an orderly then as an Xray, CT, MRI, and Nuclear Medicine Technologist. After the accident, he was a volunteer at the front desk saying “hello” to everyone who entered and “have a nice day” to everyone who exited.
He is a man of immense faith. He was a member of Christ Prince of Peace and the former St. Mary’s Church. He was a past usher and member of the Holy Name Society. He was a current member of the Knights of Columbus .
He is a lifetime member of the Ford City Hose Co #1 and was past chief, president, and trustee. He is current president of the relief association. He was a paramedic and graduated the first class out of Armstrong County. He ran ambulance for many years.
He was a member of the Ford City Sportsmen’s club, Polish Falcons, CU club, and Latin American club.
On November 14th, 2011, Rich was in a terrible accident going to work in the construction zone of the Graff Bridge suffering a traumatic brain injury. Through his intense faith, hard work, and dedication he was able to walk, come home, and live a full life participating in family activities and vacations. Our family is in gratitude to the years of love and care given: Dr. Bill Oleksak at Philip A. Gelacek and Associates, Dr. Okonkwo and UPMC Presby, ACMH skilled nursing unit, acute rehab, physical therapy (Jeff, Charity and staff), Stroke Support group (Donna and friends), Life Armstrong (Laura, Robin, Jane and friends) where he went every Wednesday and Friday religiously, the staff at the Ridge at Heritage Meadows, and the numerous caregivers who became like a 2nd family.
Rich enjoyed the Pittsburgh Pirates, bowling, shooting pool, golfing, mowing grass, sitting on the porch, looking at his iPad on Facebook and watching horses with Jim, riding his motorcycle (never leaving Ford City, Rosston, or Manorville), food, any kind of sweets especially white cake with white icing, candy (which was always fully stocked in his candy drawer) but most of all visiting and spending time with his family and friends. A man often with little words, he was always listening, gazing with those blue eyes and interjecting when had a thought or answer to a memory.
He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Marcia Jean (Brumbaugh) Green, his devoted children Sara Joanne Green of Ford City, and Philip Richard Green and wife Jennifer Lynn Green of Butler, cherished grandchildren Brady Philip Green, Cole Matthew Green, Christian James Green, and Ella Josephine Green; doting sisters (and Rich’s dang girls) Marge (Bill) Hough of Altoona, Betty (Jim) Beddoe of Pittsburgh, and Joyce (Mike) Gresh of Griswold CT; thoughtful sister in laws Missy (Ken) Lightner of Smicksburg and Mindy Bekic of Girard, Pa; as well as valued his 5 nephews (Eddie, Danny, Billy, Billy, and Chris) and 3 nieces (Gretchen, Bethany, and Laura) with their families and finally his beloved cousins.
He is preceded in death by his dear parents, generous in-laws, Kenneth Brumbaugh and Joanne Schmaus, and infant brother-in-law, Matthew Brumbaugh.
Friends will be welcomed from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Friday, at Welch Funeral Service, LLC, 1032 Fourth Ave., Ford City. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Saturday, at Christ, Prince of Peace Church, with The Very Rev. Eric J. Dinga, V.F., as celebrant. To share memories or condolences, please visit www.welchfh.com.