Theodore ('Ted') Greening of Erwinna, Pa., dies at age 77

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Theodore Joseph (“Ted”) Greening of Erwinna, Bucks County, Pa., died of natural causes on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Greenleaf Nursing and Convalescent, Doylestown, Pa. He was 77.

Son of the late Joseph Edison and Josephine Edna (Hotalen) Greening, he was born on Aug. 6, 1940, in Milford, Pa.

Ted graduated from Delaware Valley High School in 1958. He served in the Army from 1963 to 1965, working as a Military Policeman at Governor’s Island Second Army Headquarters, New York, N.Y.

For many years, he worked as a landscaper and contractor for the former C.P. Scoboria & Sons, Ottsville, Bucks County, which was owned by his father-in-law, the late C. Preston Scoboria Jr. When Scoboria moved to Florida in 1975, Ted founded his own company, Ted Greening General Contracting, Erwinna. For approximately 40 years, Ted provided excavating, construction and snow plowing services to the Bucks County area. He also built many bridges, ponds, driveways, and built his own house. He earned the nickname “The General” due to his leadership skills and commanding presence.

In 1999, Ted received the Excellence in Architecture Franklin Wood Award for his work on the Delaware Canal State Park. The award was presented by the Bucks County Chapter of the American Institutes of Architects, and the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce.

Ted was well known for generously sharing his time and talents. He was always willing to help friends, neighbors, or anyone who needed assistance, if they became snowed in, ran out of fuel or gas, or experienced flooding or other problems with their homes, property, or vehicles. He was also well known for his upbeat and fun-loving personality. He enjoyed square dancing. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing. He went on several hunting trips to Canada and other locations.

Ted was a volunteer for many years, assisting the Tinicum Civic Association and the Tinicum Arts Festival. He helped set up and clean up the Tinicum Arts Festival, and also assisted with the exhibits and performances. Ted and his wife, Lynn, coordinated an exhibit of Bucks County history, focusing on local one-room schoolhouses, at the Tinicum Arts Festival for many years. Ted also served as a volunteer for many years for the Tinicum Township Fire Company.

In January of 1996, Ted suffered a life-threatening accident while logging. A large limb of a tree struck him and buried him into the ground. He was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital. He suffered a broken back, a broken leg, a broken arm, multiple broken ribs, and two collapsed lungs. He was in a coma for more than a week. Doctors prepared Lynn for the possibility Ted would die or be paralyzed. After multiple surgeries and physical therapy, Ted made a miraculous recovery. Less than a year after his accident, he returned to working as owner of Ted Greening General Contracting, and worked full-time for approximately 20 more years. After his accident, the Tinicum Township community held fundraisers and blood donation drives to assist him in his recovery.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Lynn (Scoboria) Greening, a resident of Greenleaf Nursing and Convalescent; brothers, Richard, and his wife, BettyLou, George and his wife, Barbara, Glenn and his wife, Beverly, and David, all of Milford; sisters, Sylvia (Greening) Dain, of Seneca, S.C., and Jennie (Greening) Klotz, and her husband, Matthew, of Sparrow Bush, N.Y.

He was predeceased by his brother Edgar and his sister, Verna, who survived for many years after Ted donated one of his kidneys to her. Other survivors include three brothers-in-law, C. Preston Scoboria III, and his wife, Kathleen, of Muhlenberg, Berks County, Pa.; Raymond Scoboria and his wife, Jane, of Dearborn, Mich.; and David Scoboria, and his wife, Linda, of Bellingham, Wash.; 19 nieces and nephews, and 23 great-nieces and -nephews.

Donahue Funeral Home in Flourtown, Pa., is in charge of arrangements. Services will be private. Burial will be in Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, gifts can be sent to the Tinicum Civic Association, P.O. Box 106, Erwinna, PA 18920 (note support for the Tinicum Arts Festival in honor of Ted Greening).
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