---- — Lynn E. Green Jr.
CHRISTIAN HILL — Lynn E. Green Jr., a lifelong area resident and founder of Green and Green, Attorneys at Law in Cooperstown, died unexpectedly Monday afternoon, July 8, 2013, while playing golf at the Leatherstocking Golf Course in Cooperstown. He was 68.
Born May 15, 1945, at A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta, Lynn was the only child of Lynn Edward Green Sr. and Marion A. De Angelo Green. Raised on the family farm on Christian Hill, Lynn attended Cooperstown Central School and graduated with the Class of 1963. After graduating from Colgate University, he earned his Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University.
Upon his return to Cooperstown he was employed at Van Horne, Feury and Gozigian, Esqs. In 1978, he opened his own law firm in partnership with Scott Greene and then with Jack Gibbons on Main Street in Cooperstown. In 2003, Lynn’s son, William C. Green, joined his father in the law practice which became Green and Green, Attorneys at Law.
Lynn served as the municipal attorney for communities throughout the region including Hartwick, Cherry Valley, Laurens, New Lisbon and Middlefield, as well as Cooperstown Central School.
An active member of his community, he served on the Board of Directors of numerous organizations including, Cornell Cooperative Extension, State Association of Associations (President 2006), Cooperstown Alumni Association (Treasurer 1999 to present), Cooperstown Foundation for Excellence in Education, Inc., and Leatherstocking Chapter of Ducks Unlimited (Treasurer 1993 to present).
Lynn enjoyed living on Christian Hill with his wife Judy, where they raised their three children and continued to run the family farm, Orchardside. He raised beef cattle for many years, grew extensive crops, and remained close to the surrounding farming community. He felt a deep connection to this area and was committed to preserving its history.
In 2002, he began the process of restoring the 1875, hop kiln built by his great-grandfather on the family farm, which at one time was one of the biggest hop farms in the area. Lynn took great pride in the completion of this project in 2004. He loved the land and spent many hours hunting on his property with close friends.
Lynn also enjoyed horse racing and went on numerous trips with his wife Judy, to Saratoga Springs and Kentucky to experience the races. Additionally, he enjoyed traveling to California in recent years to visit his two daughters and sons-in-law. Wherever he went he took great interest in the agriculture and land and shared his enthusiasm with family and friends and most recently his grandchildren.
Lynn is survived by his wife of 42 years, Judy L. Green of Christian Hill; his mother Marion D. Green of Woodside Hall in Cooperstown; one son and daughter-in-law, William C. Green and Susan E. Strandberg of Hartwick; two daughters and sons-in-law, Amanda L. Green and Paul Marini of Oakland, Calif., and Jillian A. Green and Christopher Watters of Berkeley, Calif.; and five grandchildren, Anders, Henrik, Alistair, Ilaria and the newest member of the family, Nico Marini, who was born July 10, 2013.
Lynn was preceded in death by his father, Lynn E. Green Sr., who died Sept. 22, 1981.
The Green Family received friends at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, July 12, 2013.
A Funeral Service was offered at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at the Cooperstown United Methodist Church with the Rev. William H. Delia, pastor, and the Rev. Betsy Jay, Chaplain at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown, officiating. Interment followed in the Green Family Plot in Hartwick Cemetery.
As an alternative to flowers, the Green Family would appreciate donations in memory of Lynn to the Cooperstown Foundation for Excellence in Education, Inc., to support enrichment activities for Cooperstown Central School District children, c/o Cooperstown Central School, 39 Linden Ave., Cooperstown, NY 13326 or The Cooperstown Alumni Association for the benefit of the Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1122, Cooperstown, NY 13326.
Arrangements were under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.