HINESBURG, VT — Merriel "Joe" John Green Jr., 69, of Hinesburg, Vt., died of lung cancer, Feb. 10, 2014, at the VT Respite House.
He was born on April 21, 1944, in Roxbury, Vt., to Merriel and Beverly (Steetser) Green. He was raised on the family farm in Mooers, NY. After graduation in 1963 from Mooers Central School, he worked for his father as a plumber and pipefitter.
Joe was a master plumber and a member of Local Union 693 for 48 years, retiring in 2008. During his career, he worked for many companies in New York and Vermont and had also started his own business with his father, his brother Mike and later his nephew, Mike Jr.
Joe enjoyed many pastimes especially golf at Rocky Ridge, where he held a membership. He took "Sami" for long runs in the woods and his relaxation was reading western novels.
Joe is survived by his loving wife, Gail (Letourneau) Green; sisters, Betty Jean (Ernest) Sample, Mary Lou (Larry) Gadway, Pat Green, Diane (Charles) Hemingway, Tammi (Steve) Luce, M.J. Barber, brother, Greg (Jodie) Green; plus a large extended family.
He leaves close friends Kathy, Stan, Nicole, Michelle, Craig Christman; and golfing partner, Matt Greene.
He also leaves in-laws, Joyce (Ray) LeBlanc, Susan (Don) Metcalf, Stephen (Nan) Letourneau, Debora (Dennis) Varnon, Mark (Shannon) Letourneau; a large extended family.
He was predeceased by his parents; his son, Robert; and his brother Mike.
At Joe's request, there will be no visiting hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, in St. John Vianney Church, 160 Hinesburg Road, South Burlington. Burial will be at a later date in Resurrection Park Cemetery.
In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-9929 or The Vermont Respite House, 99 Allen Brook Lane, Williston, VT 05495. Arrangements are by the Ready Funeral and Cremation Service, 261 Shelburne Rd. in Burlington. To send online condolences, please visit www.readyfuneral.com.