Larry Greene, former C.B. East football coach, dies at 59

Larry Greene battled multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow, for eight years. File photograph
Larry Greene battled multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow, for eight years. File photograph
Posted: April 05, 2013

Larry Greene, 59, a well-liked football coach at Central Bucks East and a highly respected teacher, lost his eight-year battle with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow, on Thursday morning.

"He was a devoted coach, teacher, husband, and father," said his wife, Vivian. "Nothing meant more to him than his kids, his grandkids, his players, and his students."

Mr. Greene was in charge of the Patriots for 16 seasons and was a special-education teacher at C.B. East since 1980. His three stints as the school's head coach were from 1987 to 1991, 1996 to 2004, and 2006 to 2007. He returned as an assistant, last serving in the 2011 season.

"He left an indelible mark on so many people, not only on the football field but in the classroom," said John Donnelly, C.B. East's current football coach and a teaching colleague. "His professionalism was unmatched. It's a big loss."

In returning to the sideline in 2006, Mr. Greene, who also coached at Pennsbury from 1992 to 1995, overcame broken ribs and body lesions, among other cancer symptoms.

"With coaching, I really like that you have the ability to make a big difference in kids' lives," Mr. Greene told The Inquirer in September 2006. "During the season, you probably see them more than their parents do."

In 2006, after making his return in a game against Suburban One League rival Abington, Mr. Greene said, "I'm not an emotional guy, but I got really choked up when they played 'The Star-Spangled Banner.' "

Mr. Greene, whose career coaching record was 125-85-4, was inducted into C.B. East's Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.

Besides his wife, Mr. Greene, of New Hope, is survived by two stepsons, five grandchildren, and two sisters. Funeral arrangements were pending.


Contact Rick O'Brien at robrien@phillynews.com. Follow on Twitter @ozoneinq.

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