William Herbert Greenberg, 84, of Marco Island, passed away on Sept.14, 2006, after a short illness.
Born in Rockaway Beach, N.Y., raised in Hoboken, N.J., and educated at Rutgers University, Bill and his beloved wife, Phyllis, moved to Marco Island 31 years ago.
After serving in WWII in both Europe and Asia as captain and company commander of the 342nd Infantry, 86th Division, Bill began his highly successful business career with Park and Tilfor Distillers in New Your City.
He also worked for Gibralter Corrugated, Inc. of North Bergen, N.J., and was eastern sales manager for Mead Corp. of Dayton, Ohio. He moved on to Thatcher Glass and ultimately retired as President and Chairman of the Board. He was particularly proud of his three-year term as President of the Glass Container Industry.
A avid golfer and sportsman (he and Phyllis have had New York Giants season tickets for more than 55 years), Bill was a charter member of the Island Country Club and was one of the area's most colorful and popular personalities.
Bill will be fondly remembered for his devotion and generous contributions to numerous charities, especially Habitat for Humanity, Moffitt Cancer Center, the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies and Rutgers University where he served on the President's Advisory Council.
It was while Bill was attending Rutgers that he met Phyllis, his loving wife of 55 years. They raised two sons, Peter of Lake Worth, Fla., and Donald of Tampa, Fla., both of whom will sorely miss their father and best friend.
A memorial service is planned for later in the year, when so many of the Greenberg's dear friends will be in residence.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to either Habitat for Humanity or Federation of Jewish Philanthropies.