Minor hockey volunteer and MVACL worker passes on

Christine Hudder

BARRY’S BAY- William “Bill” Gregory Green was the type of person who could get along with anyone.

Although he did not have any children, he stepped up to the plate to serve on the executive for the Barry’s Bay and Area Minor Hockey Association. It is an organization near and dear to his heart; one that he has served for 20 years.

Green also worked full time at the Madawaska Valley Association for Community Living (MVACL) as a direct support supervisor and served at the OPSEU Local 473 union representative. The MVACL is a non-profit organization providing support to adults with developmental disabilities.

Although life was not easy for Bill (he battled diabetes and heart problems), that never stood in the way of him helping others.

His father, Jerry Green, said Bill’s giving spirit went far at the MVACL. One person under Bill’s care was a Johnny Cash fan and wanted to go to Nashville to see a Johnny Cash impersonator.

“Later, when Bill heard of one was performing, he and the client were off to Nashville on Bill’s own time and in Bill’s own car,” Jerry said. “Bill took the same person to the hunt camp in Paugh Lake. He stayed overnight at the camp and Bill made sure he had all the orange hunting clothes and brought him non-alcoholic beer to hand out ‘with the boys’ at camp.”

When that individual was in hospital, he asked to go to the camp with Bill.

“Bill told him he would first have to get some rest and get feeling better,” Jerry said. “He closed his eyes and passed away shortly after.”

Tracey Pecarskie, Bill’s sister, said Bill has always had a kind soul; always standing up for those that needed it.

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