Robert E. Green
1924 - 2014
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Robert E. Green, 90, of Old Saybrook passed away September 6th after a brief illness. He was born June 17th 1924 in New York City to the late L. Lawrence and Hortense Bimberg Green. He grew up in Mt. Vernon and New Rochelle, New York and graduated from New Rochelle High School and the University Of Pennsylvania Wharton School Of Business. His college education was interrupted by World War II, as he served two- years in the United States Army as a staff sergeant in the 3rd battalion of the 393rd infantry, during which he received a combat infantry badge and two purple hearts. Bob worked for Standard Oil of New Jersey after his college graduation, followed by a move to Hartford in 1947 to join his family's jewelry business, Lux Bond & Green. He was named president in 1973 and chairman in 1992, during which time he helped expand from two to seven locations. He was known as a respected leader and gentleman, and always treated his staff with the utmost respect. Bob served in leadership capacities with several civic organizations, including the Greater Hartford Chamber of Commerce, the steering committee for the construction of the Hartford Civic Center, the head of building and grounds for the Institute for Living, the Charter Oak Camera Club and the Dauntless Club. He was well known and respected within the jewelry industry serving on the boards of the American Gem Society, the Jewelry Industry Council, the Boston Jewelers Club, and as President of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee as well as the Jewelers of America. He received numerous awards in the industry, including the Triple Zero award from the American Gem Society and, the Gemological Institute of America League of Honor Award. Bob was also inducted into the Retailer Hall of Fame from National Jeweler, and the Hall of Fame for Junior Achievement of Southwest New England. He was an avid gardener, boater and bird watcher. He leaves his wife of 34 years Nancy G. Green. He also is survived by his children, Marc and Sheryl Green, Candace and Jim Krause of Dallas, Texas and John and Norma Green. He leaves nine grandchildren and their spouses Dr's.'s Ashley Green Dorin and her husband Ryan, Matthew and Evelyn Green, Zachary Green, Samuel Krause, Dashiell Krause, Daniel and Jenna Green, Deborah Green, Alexandra Green, Charles Green and three great grand children. He is also survived by his brother, Richard Green and his wife Bobbie, nephew Andrew Green and niece Madeline Smith and their families. In addition, he is survived by his three step- children and their spouses, Liz Sommers, Mark and Cindy Konney and Greg Konney and their children. The family would like to send their appreciation to the caring staff at Middlesex Hospital. Funeral arrangements are private. Memorial contributions can be made to the Connecticut River Museum, Audubon Society of CT or the charity of your choice.

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Published in Hartford Courant on Sep. 11, 2014.
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March 3, 2015
Having just learned of Bob's passing, I was moved to tears. He was such a force of life. He had great wit, sense of humor and generous kindness. I had such respect and admiration for him, and he had a soft spot for me...a young hick from Texas. He was amused by my goats, cows and my simple life. I send my condolences to all that knew and loved Bob. John, Marc and Candace, I know you miss him. I haven't spoken to him in years, but I have never forgotten your dad. I will always remember him with love.
Janet Brown
November 7, 2014
Dear Green Family,
We are sorry for your loss. We met Bob when we first moved to CT. He was a wonderful man and caring person. And his calm manor and smile always made us feel special in his company. It was always a pleasure to deal with Bob on a personal & professional level. He will be truly missed.
God bless you and your family.
Levon & Hasmik Semerjian
October 7, 2014
To me, Bob Green was the face and personality of Lux Bond & Green. I remember years ago I met Bob for the first time in their Pratt Street store in downtown Hartford. His warmth and personality lit up the store. He made me feel so welcome, and I was just a kid. Bob believed that you should never judge a book by it's cover. He used to tell me wonderful stories of people who entered the store, and how they would open up to him and his employees (Bob treated them all like family.) and pour their hearts out.
And LB&G would always have the perfect treasure to go along with whatever your story was, even if you only had a few bucks. And they'd always put it in that priceless gold box. That's how they probably came up with the line..."Every box has a story". Bob and his team always made time for their customers, and they still carry on his legacy to this day. One of my most wonderful memories of Bob was when he asked me to work with LB&G on their radio advertising. He wanted me, because he felt that I "knew radio". THAT was a huge compliment. Bob always felt that it was a warm way to talk to people. "Get people over the threshold resistance" that could come over someone when they approached the store. It was personal, one to one. LB&G always treated everyone the same. Bob believed that if you treated people equally, with or without the big bucks, they'd be a customer / client for life.
Some of my favorite times with Bob, were when we'd go into the recording studio to have Bob voice their radio commercials. And what a voice! His commercials ran in Boston, CT and NYC. And the wild thing was, he was such a natural pro. One of the best voices I've ever heard. His personality and sincere warmth always came across. And it never took him more than a 1/2 hour or so to record all of the commercials that he needed. But he would never leave the studio until he felt that it was the best, and we assured him that it was the best.
Then he'd stand up and say..."Well I'm outta here!" and walk out of the recording studio. Well,I could ramble on about what a wonderful friend and role model he had been to myself and I'm sure so many others. left an amazing legacy. Your spirit and caring ways certainly carry on through John and Marc, as well as the rest of your family. Thank you for giving so much for our country, as well as your family and friends.
Steve Parker
September 29, 2014
John & Marc--Judy & I have been in Colorado Springs and was made aware of dad's death today while in the store and Norma told me.

Your dad was the BEST and we are so sorry to hear of his passing.
May he RIP,
Judy & Richard Levy
Richard Levy
September 19, 2014
Bob was a great member of the American
Gem Society and a wonderful individual. I've
been retired since 1987- but have pleasant memories. Al Woodill, ex dir. AGS, 1947-87. All my best to this extraordinary family.

September 15, 2014
John and Marc. Our thoughts are with you, and I hope many pleasant memories. He was always the gentleman, a great neighbour, and he left a mark in the community for others to follow. Just as he followed his Dad.
Ruth & Bert Berlin
September 13, 2014
Marc and John, It was always a pleasure to speak to your dad. I was sorry to learn of his passing and extend my condolence to both of you and your family.
David Kiselstein
David Kiselstein
September 12, 2014
John and deep condolences to family. It is always hard lose a parent. I did not have the opportunity to meet him. But have heard nice things about him.
Nirupa Bhatt
September 12, 2014
Time is a gift that heals with wisdom to pass on.. So sorry to know of your family loss.
Most Sincerely
Joan Sweeney
September 11, 2014
Bob was the consummate "gentle man". It was an honor to know him! Marc and John, please accept my condolences. Be comforted with the realization and blessing of having had such a great Dad!!
Bill Farley
September 11, 2014
your father was a wonderful man, i treasure the opportunities to soak in his wisdom. in addition he was a good friend to dad. our thoughts are with you and your families. bob and rose-marie goodman
September 11, 2014
Marc and John, many condolences on the loss of your wonderful father. Whenever I felt low during my years at Jewelers of America, I used to look at his photo on the wall of our offices, and think with reassurance of the dedication he had bestowed on the industry, and the goodness he had created in creating both of you. I can only imagine how his goodness sustains you now. My thoughts are with you. With affection, Peggy Jo
Peggy Jo
September 11, 2014
So sorry to hear of Bob's passing. My thoughts go out to the family.
Scott Groom
September 11, 2014
It was an honor to know Bob. My sympathies are with the family.
Blaine Kaiser
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