Ronald P. Greenley Sr., 69, well-known boxing judge

Ronald P. Greenley Sr.
Ronald P. Greenley Sr.
Posted: January 23, 2014

Ronald P. Greenley Sr., 69, of Bensalem, a well-known boxing judge in Pennsylvania and South Jersey, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, of lung cancer at his home.

Mr. Greenley judged 25 world- or regional-level title bouts, including those of Philadelphia fighters Bernard Hopkins and Meldrick Taylor.

In Pennsylvania, he served as a boxing judge from 1991 to 2006 and earned a reputation as one of the state's best judges, said Gregory Sirb, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission.

Mr. Greenley also was a Pennsylvania boxing commissioner from 2002 to 2003, Sirb said in an e-mail. When he assumed that post, he stopped judging bouts in Pennsylvania.

According to John DiSanto, writing on the website phillyboxinghistory.com, Mr. Greenley was especially active in Philadelphia and Atlantic City, although his judging duties took him as far away as China.

DiSanto wrote that Greenley judged fights including heavyweight Mike Tyson vs. Buster Mathis at the Spectrum on Dec. 16, 1995; super welterweight David Reid vs. James Coker at the Trump Taj Mahal on Oct. 25, 1998; and heavyweight Andrew Golota vs. Marcus Rhode on April 22, 2000, in Guangzhou, China.

Born in Philadelphia, Mr. Greenley lived in Bensalem for 24 years. He learned plumbing in night classes at what is now Dobbins Career and Technical High School. He also did heating and contracting work.

He was a member of the Lions Club and a president of the Philadelphia Plumbing and Heating Association.

He also was a member of the Amateur Softball Association and loved playing pool.

"He was very lively and funny, and he loved life and people," said his wife, the former Susan Finn.

Surviving, besides his wife of 45 years, are a son, Michael Patrick; a daughter, Andrea Walls; his mother, Mary Davies Greenley; a sister; three grandchildren; and nieces and nephews. A son, Ronald P. Jr., died in May.

Funeral services were Saturday, Jan. 18.

Donations may go to the Wounded Warrior Project, Box 758517, Topeka, Kan. 66675.


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