Gordon Halstead Greacen

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Gordon Halstead Greacen

AGE: 83 • Bedminster

Gordon Halstead Greacen, longtime resident of Bedminster, NJ, passed away on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 from complications with Parkinson's disease. Mr. Greacen grew up in Morristown, was educated at Peck School, Pomfret, Rutgers, and MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. Gordon joined the USAF, was assigned to the Strategic Air Command in the Near East. After his service, he worked for Westinghouse Electric and Phillips Electronics, retiring in 1996.

Upon retirement, Mr. Greacen began his equestrian passion under Gary Kunsman of Four Seasons Farm. He entered Hunter and 4' Jumper classes. He earned blue ribbons and points at: Devon Horse Show, Radnor Hunt, and Old Salem Horse Show. Mr. Greacen also donated horses to the New Bolton Veterinary Center, and to Cornell University. Mr. Greacen was honored to have his favorite horse, "Halleluiah Hollywood", buried at New Jersey Horse Park.

Always an avid outdoors man and athlete, skiing took him to Mad River Glen, VT, Sun Valley, ID, and Steamboat Springs, CO, and heli-skiing in the Bugaboos in British Colombia. Mr. Greacen studied mountain climbing at the Jackson Hole Climbing School, and went on to climb in the: Flatirons, Wind Rivers, White Cloud Mountains, and the Bugaboos. He spent time traversing the Appalachian Trail, Mont Blanc, and the Milford Track in New Zealand.

Mr. Greacen was a member of the Tewksbury Foot Bassets, the University Club of New York, the Amateur Ski Club of New York, Saint Bernard's Church, and the Morris County Parks Commission.

He is survived by a brother, John S. Greacen, Bloomfield CT, and his devoted nieces and nephews: Elizabeth Joy Oberdorf, Haverford, PA. Edith Joy King, Holyoke, MA. Anne Greacen Beerits, Deer Isle, ME. Stuart H. Greacen, Collinsville, CT. and James R. Greacen, Groton, MA.

A private service will be held at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Tarrytown, NY.

Published in Daily Record on Nov. 25, 2012
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