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Services Set for Industry Veteran John M. Greene

Tom Halligan
Posted on October 26, 2016

John M. “Johnny” Greene, 1959-2016
John M. “Johnny” Greene, 1959-2016
John M. “Johnny” Greene, age 57, died Saturday, Oct. 22, after he was struck by an SUV while walking on a highway in Falmouth, Mass., near the Cape Cod Fairgrounds.

A long-time industry veteran, Greene, of Scituate, Mass., formerly of Quincy, was the founder and president of ETS International in Randolph, Mass. He was the former owner of Custom Transportation Services, Inc. (CTS Worldwide).

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Friday, Oct. 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Keohane Funeral Home: 785 Hancock St., Quincy, Mass. A Celebration of Life Service will be held in the funeral home at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 prior to the Funeral Mass in St. Ann’s Church, Quincy at 10 a.m. His burial will be held at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

“Johnny was an icon in the industry,” said his brother, Peter Greene,  ETS executive vice president of operations. "We worked together in the industry for going on 30 years. He was a fantastic brother, father, and friend to business associates. He would just light up a room when he walked in and was the life of the party. He was devoted to work, children, family, and our staff—many have been with us for more than 20 years. He will be sorely missed.”

Named among Inc. Magazine’s fastest growing companies, CTS was purchased in 1998 by Carey International, where Greene then served as an executive vice president. In 2003, he became a personal transportation industry consultant, working with several prominent international networks, assisting in mergers, acquisitions and business development. By 2006, Greene was ready to launch ETS International, with his brother, Peter, who serves as executive vice president of operations.

Johnny Green was a devoted Boston Bruins fan.
Johnny Green was a devoted Boston Bruins fan.
The Greene brothers are recipients of notable industry awards—including the LCT Operator of the Year Award in 2010 and 2014. “Johnny was a dear friend, former LCT columnist, and attended every single industry event. He will be greatly missed,” said LCT Publisher Sara Eastwood-Richardson.

According to his obituary: John’s loving family was the most important part of his life. He adored his three children and they, in turn, had the good grace to benefit from his larger-than-life personality. He was the owner/operator of ETS International Limousine Service and was very proud of the business he built. An active guy, he enjoyed boating, skiing, walks with his dog Jack, and attended countless Boston Bruins games.

Charity was close to his heart and he was always willing to help others, especially Cerebral Palsy of Mass. and The Lupus Foundation. He will be remembered for his positive attitude, upbeat energy, and his ability to light up a room. He was grateful for everything in his life which is summed up in a quote he used quite often: “You couldn’t give me three wishes, I wouldn’t know what to do with them.”

Beloved father of Ashley Greene of Boston, Cory Greene of Dorchester, and Kelsey Greene of Quincy. Former husband of Maureen Zerfoss of Scituate. Loving son of the late John J. Greene and Nancy J. (McQuade). Cherished brother of Kevin Greene of E. Bridgewater, Peter Greene of Whitman, Donna Hatfield of Braintree, and the late Stephen Greene. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of John may be made to American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham, MA, 01701.

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