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GREELEY, Sidney Some people are just lucky. That's what Sid Greeley believed, and he felt he was proof. He treasured his family, his huge circle of friends, his work and his pastimes, and the institutions that played an important role in his life. He served them all without reserve, always with the idea he was getting more in return. Born to Sidney and Annette Greeley in Framingham in 1926, he often reminisced about growing up in a close-knit community with his brothers, Walter and Dick and a network of classmates who became friends for life. Known by them as Tony, he was an outstanding athlete: He captained the 1943 Framingham High hockey team which won the Bay State League title and came in second in the State Tournament. He attended Harvard College, managing to graduate in four years despite serving a tour of duty in the Pacific as a Navy ensign. In his senior year he made the Harvard hockey team as a walk-on and set a record that still stands by scoring a hat trick on one turn on the ice. For decades he expressed gratitude for his college experience by serving as a volunteer fundraiser and alumni leader. After graduation, he embarked on a 60-year career as a salesman for Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company, where he again set records by making at least one sale a week for decades while serving more than 6,700 clients. He derived great satisfaction in helping families protect themselves financially. He felt his greatest blessing was to have met and married Patricia Conzelman, with whom he shared 63 years and raised three sons. Together, they were devoted to their growing family and to the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Framingham, helping to support its growth and vitality as volunteer leaders, teachers and fundraisers. Sid Greeley died on Easter Sunday, just weeks after a large celebration of his 90th birthday. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Conzelman Greeley; his sons, David, Stephen and Sidney Thomas Greeley; daughters-in-law, Gail Greeley, Beth Greeley, Judith Crosby, fiancé of son Tom, and Laura Heitner; grandchildren, Nat Greeley, Hannah Greeley, Jessica Greeley, Adam and Alex Lubojaski, Sam Greeley, Patrick Greeley, Andrew Greeley, Krista Greeley, Robert Greeley and Gwen, Kevin John and Christopher Crosby; brothers, Richard and Walter Greeley and his wife, Alida; sister-in-law, "Bobbie" Conzelman; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. All who knew Sid will remember a man of tremendous positive spirit who found delight in his interactions with other people and who lived with a sense of service. A memorial service will be held for him at First Parish Church in Framingham on Saturday, April 30 at 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to honor Sid may do so by making a contribution to the Endowment Fund of First Parish in Framingham, 24 Vernon Street, Framingham, MA 01701. For online guestbook and directions please log on to www.nortonfuneralhome.com Norton Funeral Home, Inc. Framingham, MA
Published in The Boston Globe on Apr. 3, 2016
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