Gregory Paul Greenzweig, age 62, of Wilmington, DE, formerly of Slatington, PA, passed unexpectedly but peacefully on October 1, 2019 at Christiana Hospital, Newark, DE, surrounded by friends and family.
Greg attended Slatington High School and joined the United States Air Force after graduation in 1975. He was a Fire Protection Specialist and spent most of his service years (1975-1980) at RAF Mildenhall (England). While in the Air Force, he volunteered to teach at the base school and discovered his calling for teaching art. Greg started taking classes and, after he was discharged, earned his B.S. in Art Education in 1983 from Kutztown University, Kutztown PA.
Before starting his 35-year teaching career, Greg worked at Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation (Schuylkill PA) and South Mountain YMCA’s Camp Conrad Weiser (Wernersville PA). Greg and his wife of 32 years, Jenny, were camp counselors together at Camp Conrad Weiser. Mr. G /Coach G / “G” taught middle and high school art for 34 years in the Pennsville School District, Pennsville NJ, and was due to retire this year. He established and coached the Girls’ Soccer team and coached Girls’ Basketball and Boys’ and Girls’ Track. Family was important to Greg and he “retired” from coaching to be the “dad in the stands” when his daughter, Sarah, started middle school. He continued advising the Pennsville Memorial High School Art Club and DuPont Academic League while still being able to attend his daughter’s and his son, Micah’s, sporting events. Greg drew caricatures for “Project Graduation” at PMHS and for “After Prom” at his children’s school, Conrad Schools of Science.
Greg had many interests and talents and valued family, friendship and faith. He enjoyed drawing, painting, music, reading, movies, golf, Washington Redskins football and cooking. He was an active member of his church, New Ark United Church of Christ (Newark, DE). He taught Christian Education by incorporating art with religion. He mentored several students through Confirmation class and served in many roles including as Facilitator and as a member of such committees as Building Use and Pastor-Congregation Relations. For 10 years, he planned and cooked meals for church retreats. Besides being an excellent cook, Greg was respected for his phenomenal art ability and knowledge of trivia and was appreciated for his singing voice and quick wit. In fact, in 2016, he realized one of his dreams and was on Teacher Jeopardy and, in 2019, he illustrated Grandmother’s Wish, a children’s book.
Greg is pre-deceased by his father, Raymond “Buddy” Greenzweig, and younger brothers, Raymond Greenzweig and Scott Greenzweig. He is remembered by his wife, Jeanette “Jenny” Greenzweig (nee Waltz); his children, Sarah Greenzweig and Micah Greenzweig; his mother, Delores Greenzweig; his brother, Layne Greenzweig and wife Christine; his sister-in-law, Sylvia Greenzweig; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A celebration of Greg’s life will take place on Sunday, October 13, 2019 at McCrery & Harra Funeral Homes and Crematory, Inc., Kirkwood Hwy, Wilmington, DE. Calling hours are from 10am to 1pm and will be followed by a Service at 1pm. Dress comfortably and wear your Redskins or other team jerseys/t-shirts or tie-dye shirts (no Dallas Cowboys please).
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: New Ark United Church of Christ (300 E Main St, Newark, DE 19711), PMHS Art Club (Pennsville Memorial High School, 110 S Broadway, Pennsville, NJ 08070), The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation (101 Rockland Cir, Wilmington, DE 19803), or American Diabetes Association (donations.diabetes.org).