Richard Bruce Green
Nov 25, 1954 – Oct 6, 2015
Richard Bruce Green
November 25, 1954 – October, 6 2015
Richard peacefully passed away on Tuesday, October 6 after almost four years of battling renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer). In his final days he was surrounded by love from family, friends and a caring hospital staff who, in the short time they knew him, came to appreciate his sense of humor.
He graduated from Mt. Rainier High School in 1973 and attended South Seattle Community College. Starting in high school, it became clear, especially from his report cards, that he was mechanically inclined and had a real passion for cars. He bought his first car in high school and set about rebuilding the engine almost immediately – the car never ran again. Luckily, he learned from his mistakes and built a wealth of knowledge over his lifetime.
The majority of his mechanic career was with King County Metro Transit, where he became relied upon by coworkers as someone who could diagnose almost any issue. He’ll certainly be remembered as a hard worker, a good friend and more than an occasional pain-in-the-ass.
Many family and friends will likely share stories about his exploits, travels (he loved visiting Reno, Las Vegas and Daytona – locations that had car shows, NASCAR races or blues music), stubbornness or thoughtful nature. He wanted his memory kept alive by sharing these stories and recalling the good times.
Richard is survived by his daughter, Teresa Green of Tacoma, WA and significant other, Peggy Birdsong-Green of Pacific, WA.
In lieu of flowers or gifts please consider a donation in Richard’s name to the Kidney Cancer Association. He often lamented there wasn’t enough research about, or support available for, his type of cancer. http://www.kidneycancer.org/get-involved/give/donate-now/
He wished to be cremated with no formal services. A gathering of family and friends will be held at the Tacoma Eagles Aerie #3 at 4810 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, WA on November 15, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Please RSVP to Teresa at 253-576-1790 or Peggy at 253-797-7794.
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