David B. Greenwood, age 93, of Wilmington, DE passed away March 23, 2023 of, as he would joke, “irreversible maturity”. Dave was born November 6, 1929 in Brooklyn, NY and was raised in Jackson Heights, NY, the son of Ira and Harriet (Buttler) Greenwood. Upon graduation from Hamilton High School, NY, he attended Colgate University, graduating in 1951 and enlisted in the United States Air Force. He was admitted to Officer Candidate School at Lackland Air Force Base, TX and commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant.
Upon discharge from active duty in 1953 Dave joined General Electric Company’s Business Training Program in Syracuse, NY. He worked 31 years for GE holding a number of financial management positions, the last eleven of which as Vice President & Treasurer of General Electric Credit Corporation. In 1984 he joined American Express Company as President of American Express Export Credit Corp. headquartered in Wilmington, DE. He retired from American Express in 1988 after negotiating the sale of the Subsidiaries assets and served briefly as a consultant to American Express International Bank.
Following retirement Dave and his wife, Joan, traveled extensively. He served as a tutor at Hilltop Lutheran Center and at Andrew’s Place. He was active in various lay ministries at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church serving on the Vestry and numerous Committees. He found great peace amongst the mountains and lakes of this world particularly those of New Hampshire where, with family and close friends, he hiked most of the highest peaks of the White Mountains. Since early childhood he had a great love affair with Lake Winnipesaukee, his “Golden Pond”, where the family spent most of the summer on their island home and where he spent countless hours, at sunrise and early evening, casting for small-mouth bass.
Dave was pre-deceased by Joan, his wife and “Beta Sweetheart” of 61 years. He is survived by two sons: Steven Greenwood and David Greenwood Jr.; two daughters: Donna Mitchell (David) and Deborah Greenwood: and two grandchildren: Jennifer Merrill (David) and Andrew Mitchell. “May their lives be limited only by their imaginations.”
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on April 15, 2023 at St. Barnabas Church (2800 Duncan Rd, Wilmington, Delaware 19808). In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Barnabas’ Endowment Fund or St. Jude’s Hospital are welcome.