John Greenaway, of Roxbury, MA was born October 27, 1934, on the island of Montserrat, to the parents of William Greenaway and Frances Sweeny Greenaway. He passed to his peaceful rest on Wednesday, November 30th, 2022.
He was a brother to seven siblings: Charles Greenaway, Riley Greenaway, Arthur Greenaway, James Greenaway, Herbert Greenaway, Mary Greenaway, and Ann Greenaway.
He was a father to two children: Cynthia Daley and Johnny Greenaway. He loved his many nieces and nephews and was a grandfather to five grandchildren. He is survived by his former wife, Eola Greenaway, who loved and supported him through the years.
John was a craftsman, builder, and architect all within his work as a contractor. At a young age, his father encouraged him to go to carpentry school in Antigua with the goal of teaching his brothers the trade. From obtaining that trade, he went on to St. Croix USVI where he built houses, but he was most honored to be the lead contractor for the Central Seventh Day Adventist Church in St. Croix. He then moved to Washington D.C where he continued his work in construction. In Boston, he contributed to overseeing projects for Berea SDA Church, Hyde Park SDA Church, Cambridge SDA Church, and many more projects throughout the Boston area.
In St. Croix, he became a Seventh Day Adventist and was a member of the Central SDA Church where he participated in ministry. When he moved to the Boston area, he became a member of and served on many departments for the Berea SDA Church and the Cambridge SDA Church. John was a man of God; he was devoted to his faith. The church was a steadfast community in which he felt at home with his brothers and sisters in Christ.
John had a generous and warm spirit. He had an incomparable ability to make people smile and feel valued anywhere he went. He established strong relationships and friendships throughout his life.
He will be remembered for his love of family, love of music, kindness, wit, and devotion to the Lord.
Don't grieve for me for now I'm free,
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call:
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way;
I found my place at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joys.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, these things I too shall miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow:
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life's been full, I savored much;
Good friends, good times, a loved one's touch.
Perhaps my life seemed all too brief:
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me;
God wanted me now, He set me free.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend Visiting Hours in the Holden, Dunn and Lawler Funeral Home, 55 High Rock St., Westwood on Sunday Dec. 11th from 2-5pm. A Funeral Service will be celebrated in the Funeral Home on Monday Dec. 12th at 10am. Interment at New Westwood Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in John Greenaway's name can be made to Pine Street Inn, Rosie's Place, or Cambridge Seventh Day Adventist Church, 43 Norwood Street, Everett, MA 02149.