A Sad So Long To Long Time Woody Boater Joan Greene

Joan in her trademark pink – photo Bob Kays

It is with a heavy heart that we report the loss of fellow Woody Boater Joan Greene. Joan was one of the fun ones, the first to wave and the first to welcome us to any Lake Hopatcong event. Joan loved her boats she had owned over the years, two Riviareas, and a 1949 18′ Sportsman and loved running them on the lake. She also loved her kayak…alot… But Joan’s perfect award winning 1956 18′ Continental was very special to her. What made Joan’s boat special, other than Joan was always in it, was it had a factory coral pink interior her trademark color!

Joan loved it out on the lake – photo Jim Wangard

Joan did not mess around, this is her big award wining Chris Craft.- Photo Bob Kays

Just like Joan, her boat was a one of a kind that brought a smile to any face that would meet her. A long time friend of fellow Woody boaters Wayne Moxfield, Bob Kays, and Seth and Renee Katz. Joan was one of Wayne’s original customers when he started the Marina on Lake Hopatcong which is now Katz’s Marina.

Joan getting a big fancy glass award from fellow Woody Boater Bob Larson – photo Bob Kays

A well loved President of the Lake Hopatcong chapter of the ACBS. The first ACBS chapter in the world. Joan was still very involved in the classic boat community.  Sadly we got the news yesterday from a very devastated Seth Katz regarding her passing and wanted to pass along the news to many of the people she touched through out her full history of classic boating. A special thanks to fellow Woody boater Bob Kays for sending us these photos and Jim Wangard of Classic Boating magazine.

14 replies
  1. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    It’s so sad to loose the great ones. Condolences to her family and friends from the Michigan Chapter.

  2. Troy in ANE
    Troy in ANE says:

    I am sorry I was not able to meet Joan in person. She seems like my kind of people for sure.

    I LOVE that she was able to find and maintain a Pink Continental. That shows real passion.

  3. Floyd r turbo
    Floyd r turbo says:

    Deepest regrets to Joan’s family and friends. It’s especially sad to loose a matriarch in the hobby who seemed as comfortable behind the wheel as she was leading the chapter. RIP

  4. Ken Heaton, President Lake Hopatcong Chapter ACBS
    Ken Heaton, President Lake Hopatcong Chapter ACBS says:

    We at the Lake Hopatcong Chapter will miss Joan dearly. As mentioned in the article, she was a beloved past president, and was active in our Club’s history as well as present, shaping the course and the future vision of our Chapter. Her sunny disposition will especially be missed, as she was supportive and eager to help out her fellow boat lovers throughout her illness and her life. RIP Joan!

  5. Denis D
    Denis D says:

    Very sad news. When we joined the Lake Hopatcong chapter a few years ago, the first meeting we attended was the 2013 kickoff meeting where we were fortunate to be seated at a table with Joan. Being newcomers and not knowing anybody, Joan was very welcoming and we had some great conversations. her passion for the hobby/ lifestyle was very evident as well as her pride in Spindrift. Knowing we wouldn’t have a woody in the water for a few years, she extended an open invitation to ride in her boat any time our paths crossed at the club. Sadly, we never got the opportunity to accept her offer. We will keep her in our prayers.

    Denis D

  6. Don p
    Don p says:

    Joan was so full of life and so enthusiastic about the hobby. She was a great person and will be dearly missed.

  7. Dennis Mykols
    Dennis Mykols says:

    Sounds like a chapter member you do not want to loose. We lost a couple of hard working, friendly, always there to lend a hand members in our Chapter this past year also. Condolences to her family and friends from the Water Wonderland Chapter.

  8. WoodyGal
    WoodyGal says:

    Sadly, I never got to meet Joan. Enthusiasm for boating and a great sense of humor are always missed! Happy boating Joan!

  9. neil v. moody
    neil v. moody says:

    I was shocked to learn of Joan’s passing. She was a big fan of Valhalla, and all woodies for that matter. Her stepping up to lead the club when she did, gave us a much needed shot of enthusiasm. She will be missed.

  10. Jimmy & Janine Graver
    Jimmy & Janine Graver says:

    Being new members to the Lake and the Lake Hopatcong ACBS Chapter, we met Joan through Seth & Renee Katz. She welcomed us to the Lake and was looking forward to seeing us at the Boat Shows. Sadly, we never got to see Joan in her Pink Continental out enjoying the Lake. Taken too soon, our sypathies to her family and her extended Woody Boater family.

  11. Wilson
    Wilson says:

    My condolences to her family…She sounds like she was a lady every chapter needs. I wonder if there is a link to her obituary so we might know more about her ?

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