In Remembrance: Charles J. Green ’55 Died on January 16 2022

Charles John Green, age 88, of Lake Forest, Illinois, passed away in Naples, Florida, on Sunday, January 16, 2022.

Charlie was born on July 25, 1933, in Oak Park, Illinois, the son of the late Charles (Jack) and Lucile (Messenger) Green. He graduated from Fenwick High School before going on to Yale University, graduating in 1955. At Yale, he swam breaststroke in the 1953 championships. He later received his MBA from the University of Chicago in 1961.

A respected businessman, Charlie was an insurance executive throughout his career. He lived in Lake Forest for the past 53 years. Upon retirement, he and Mary, his wife of 62 years, spent their winters in Naples, Florida, and summers at their house in Sister Bay, Door County, Wisconsin.

He was proud of his many lifelong friendships going as far back as kindergarten. He and Mary traveled with friends to various places in Europe and elsewhere around the globe. Charlie enjoyed spending time on his many boats visiting different ports around Lake Michigan, including a trip to the North Channel of Canada. He loved to read when he was not doing crossword puzzles, and always had a stack of books next to him.

Faith and family meant everything to him. He was delighted to spend last Christmas with his entire family, his greatest pride and joy. He was the beloved patriarch of the family. He was an adored and cherished husband, father, grandfather, and lifelong friend to many.

He is survived by his beloved wife Mary (Hickey); his daughter Sheila (Chris Van Den Heuvel) of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and her son Peter Gelsthorpe; his son Charlie and Jill (Stroud) of Lake Bluff, Illinois, and their children Jack, Brooke, and Taylor; Douglas (Andrea Petti) and their children Chase, Charlotte, and Harrison of Lake Forest, Illinois; and Elizabeth (Jeff Daume) and their children Sarah, Jeffrey, and Andrew of Nantucket, Massachusetts. He is survived by his brother Robert Green (Ginny MacArthur), Redding, Connecticut, and several nieces and nephews. His sister, Lucile Hicks, passed away on January 18, 2022, so they are now together in heaven. Although he will be missed by all who knew him, his legacy will live on through his children and grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Religious of the Sacred Heart, Society of the Sacred Heart USC Province, P.O. Box 958047, St. Louis, MO 63195 (

—Submitted by the family.

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