William H. Green, 81

William H. Green
William H. Green

William H. Green, 81, a resident of 1 Whitetail Circle, Oswego, was called home by his Heavenly father on Monday, November 22nd.

He was born the son of Harold and Lula (McCarthy) Green of Minetto, NY. He was a lifelong resident of Oswego.

Mr. Green gave 46 years of dedicated service to the Oswego County Savings Bank. He started as a teller and held many positions before January 1, 1969 when at the age of 39, he was elected President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Trustees. He was the youngest and longest-serving president in the bank’s history, and one of the youngest in the state at that time. He earned a degree in management development from Dartmouth College during his bank presidency.

He was only on the job as teller a short time in 1950 when the Korean War interrupted his career. He was a staff sergeant in the 29th Infantry, based in Okinawa, from 1951 until 1953. After an honorable discharge, he returned to the bank and became head teller in 1953.

While banking was an important part of his life, Mr. Green’s activities and achievements were not limited to the banking industry. He was involved in a wide variety of community endeavors. One event that always held a special spot in his list of achievements was the singular honor of representing Boy Scout Troop 19 of Minetto, at the 1947 World Jamboree in Paris. He noted with pride that, “the whole town helped send me—it was a real community effort.”

Mr. Green served as a member of many boards of directors, being especially proud of serving on the SUNY Oswego College Council. He was past president of the Oswego chapter of the American Red Cross and the United Way. He served on the boards of the Oswego Hospital, YMCA, Kiwanis Club, Humane Society, Oswego Central Business District, Knights of Columbus, Elk’s Club, and the Oswego Country Club.

In order to get a uniform guard attachment for Fort Ontario, he helped found the Heritage Foundation of Oswego. He was cofounder of the Jaycees annual 4th of July Parade and festivities. These legacies continue on today.

He was predeceased by his brother, Harold (Pete) Green.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Linda (Peck) Green, three sons, Gregory (Susan) Green of Minetto, Scott Green of Charlotte, NC, and Joseph (Sheila) Leotta of Oswego; three daughters, Debra Sesler of Roanoke, VA, Sharon (Patrick) Nelson of Lake Tahoe, NV, and Tammie (Robert) Morris of Atlanta, GA.; six grandchildren, Brandon and Amber Sesler, Mackenzie (Derek) Carr, Rachel Leotta, Nicholas Morris, and Turner Green and two great grandchildren, Nathan and Maddon Carr.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 27th at Elim Grace Christian Church, 340 West 1st St, Oswego, NY. He will be laid to rest at All Saints Mausoleum. Calling hours will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at Nelson Funeral Home, 11 West Albany Street in Oswego.

In lieu of flowers, friends and family wishing to honor Bill may consider donating to the Elim Grace Christian Church building fund, 340 West 1st St. Oswego, NY 13126

Online codolences: www.nelson-funeralhome.com