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Greene, Retired Pleasantville Salesman, Dies at 92

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. - Former Pleasantville resident, Hubert Joseph Greene died Dec. 15 at his home in Bel Air, Md. He was 92.

Greene joined the Pleasantville Auxiliary Police after World War II. He sold heavy equipment for C.V. Pierce of Pleasantville and later for Westchester Ford Tractor, Inc. in Golden's Bridge.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was the son of the late Frank Greene and Helen McNamara Ware. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served from 1940 to 1944 during World War II.

In February of 1941, Greene was aboard the USS Pollux AKS-2 supply ship when it and a convoy of two destroyers struck the rock cliffs on the Burin Peninsula in Newfoundland during a severe storm. His ship and one of the destroyers broke up immediately and sank.

Greene and other survivors of the Pollux managed to cling to the side of the cliffs for 33 hours until they were saved by fisherman. During the tragedy, 93 members of the crew died, with 140 surviving. Greene went on to serve on the USS Jenkins DD-447 destroyer in the Casablanca campaign and later in the Solomon Islands.

Surviving are his wife Holly Garrison of Bel Air, his son Bruce M. Greene of Pleasantville, his daughter Nancy Greene Cerio, Ph.D. of Bel Air, his stepdaughter Kimberly Roberts of Darlington, Md., four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Cecelia O'Toole Greene and his brother Warren R. Ward.

Services were held at the McComas Funeral Home in Bel Air on Tuesday, with interment at Bel Air Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The United States Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Suite 123, Washington, DC 20004.

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