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James Green Sr.

James Green Sr., age 73, passed away peacefully at 5:24 p.m. on October 12, 2020, at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, surrounded by his loving family. He was too busy enjoying life to waste any of his precious time dying.

Jim was raised in Berwick, Pennsylvania, the first son and third of six children of Samuel Green and Anne Quigley.  His Berwick High School classmates intuitively recognized him as “Most Likely to Succeed.” Upon graduation, he left Berwick for Princeton University (B.A. ’69), where he brought his black Converse All-Stars and became a trendsetter before it was a thing; played left guard on the football team; set a deadlift record as captain of the weightlifting team; and took meals at Ivy Club. After theorizing on the religious sensibilities of Sandro Botticelli at Princeton, further schooling was inevitable.

Jim received a juris doctorate from Villanova University School of Law (’72) and moved his wife and young family to Wilmington to start his legal career.  He was a prosecutor in the Attorney General’s office and a partner at Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz and later at Duane, Morris & Heckscher before co-founding Seitz, Van Ogtrop & Green, P.A. in 1999. He was an old-school trial lawyer, representing both individuals and large corporations in diverse, sophisticated matters. He gained the respect of his clients, the bench, and the bar for embodying the Delaware way of excellence, civility, and compassion. Jim was inducted as a fellow into exclusive professional associations, but they were less important to him than inviting a client to his home after a favorable decision.  His friends were his clients, and his clients became his friends.  Jim loved sharing stories and lessons-learned; he was a willing and devoted mentor.

Jim woke daily at 5:24 a.m.  On weekday mornings, he had his coffee, read the News Journal and drafted impassioned letters to the editor never to be sent, packed lunches, walked his beloved dogs, and wrote notes to each of his kids and wife, before catching the bus into town to get to work. The law was his jealous mistress to which he dedicated study and a steady courtship; but he remained balanced by an understanding and appreciation for the vast beauty of life and humanity. Jim returned home nightly in time to take his kids to practices and sit down for dinner with his family, before dozing off in the haze of late-night spaghetti westerns, conjuring the cool confidence of the outlaw Josie Wales for the next day’s adventures.

On weekends, he tinkered with his hand-dug koi pond, drove cross-country to soccer tournaments, and wondered why his solid range game just didn’t transfer to the tee box. On vacations, he stopped to see Pedro south of the border more times than necessary, marveled at the sheer “old”-ness of European architecture, frightened trout with his hand-tied flies, and sat toes up with a cocktail, rapping on the intricacies of his hobby of the month or on how Delta blues came to inspire the visions of Johanna.

Above all, Jim was a gentleman.  He possessed unparalleled generosity, kindness, humor, and wit. He was ever self-aware, and still endlessly selfless. Jim will be missed by his family, friends, and all people and animals that had the pleasure of sharing life with him. He empowered us all to be better, and we will strive every day to live in his light.

Jim is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 51 years, Carla, and their four children, Jennifer Broomall (Hugh), Emily, Jim Jr. (Kimmy), and Jared; his five treasured grandchildren: Quinn, Sylvia, Liza, Xavier, and Liam; and his five siblings: Judy, Ellen, Ginny, Tom, and Greg.

Immediate family members will hold a private ceremony at his cherished cottage by the lake in Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania.  A public memorial service will be held at a future date when safety allows; please send an email to to receive notice of plans for his celebration of life. In lieu of flowers, consider a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware ( or Faithful Friends (


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    Gail and Dave Mumford lit a candle and writes,
    Carla and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are all in our prayers and thoughts.
    10/18/2020 10:30 pm
    MaryJo Gordon lit a candle and writes,
    Such a beautiful obituary! My deepest condolences to Carla and the beautiful family she and Jim created. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    10/19/2020 08:10 am
    Dan Lyons writes,
    “This was a man.” So sorry. Dan
    10/19/2020 08:29 am
    Dave McBride lit a candle and writes,
    This is such a loss, but Jim’s family has rallied to support one another and live in his tradition. The obituary is a beautiful testament to Jim. We are thinking of you.
    10/19/2020 08:33 am
    Bonnie Bandics lit a candle and writes,
    To the Green Family I am so very sorry for the loss of your husband, father, brother, grandfather and most of all I'm sure your strength. It saddened me so much, remembering him in high school, out of school, having fun at dances and many other gatherings. He was the Best Man in my wedding and for a reason, because in my then husbands eyes he really was! I hope the Dear Lord will fill your void with peace and love and you will no longer feel pain. God Bless you all.
    10/19/2020 09:14 am
    Bill & Patti Christopher lit a candle and writes,
    Carla and family: Bill and I are so very sorry. Jim IS a true gentleman and kind man. Please know you are in our prayers and thoughts. God bless you, Bill and Patti
    10/19/2020 11:52 am
    Debra Ross lit a candle and writes,
    My thoughts and prayers 🙏🙏 are with the Green Family. I am so sorry to hear this news, an also remember Jim, in an out of school. Wonderful person, wonderful family.
    10/19/2020 11:56 am
    Tina Richlin- John Richlin lit a candle and writes,
    My deepest sympathy to Carla and the Green family. I met Jim and Carla when they bought the cottage in Eagles Mere. His smile was always bright and always happiness on his face, even thru his real estate transaction. I will never forget how kind he always was to me and others. I feel honored to have met such a wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Tina Richlin -RRE- Eagles Mere.
    10/19/2020 02:05 pm
    Ted Billy writes,
    My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Carla and the whole Green family on the loss of my extraordinary friend and classmate, Jim Green. If Berwick High School ever produced a Renaissance man, it was certainly Jim. He was witty, wise, compassionate, athletic, and the perfect gentleman. Jim was at the head of our class and someone who touched all our lives in a special way. His exemplary life deserves celebration; moreover, his legacy of kindness and strength will live on in our memories. Rest in peace, Jim.
    10/19/2020 02:13 pm
    Regina Crawford Gannon writes,
    Dear Mrs. Green, Emily, Jennifer, Jared and Jimmy, When my mom and dad told me about Mr. Green, I was hit with sadness for all of you. She told me that Emily took on nursing care for him with all of you by his side as he endured his last days. There were many memories that came flooding back mostly from sitting on the sidelines of Connolly, Bove and Lodge softball games or playing and partying at our respective houses. The one thing I so vividly remember about him was his vitality. He always seemed in the best shape, was always in the best mood and had the best outlook on having fun! People say that ones lost should be remembered by how they lived. He is a wonderful example of this and I truly hope you are relishing in the many beautiful memories he created with you, his family. My sincere and heartfelt condolences, Regina
    10/19/2020 03:21 pm
    F. L. Peter Stone lit a candle and writes,
    My sincere condolences to Carla and her family. Have nothing but pleasant memories of Jim as a good lawyer and great guy at Connolly Bove and since.Please let me know about the public memorial.
    10/19/2020 07:44 pm
    Vince Dandini lit a candle and writes,
    The notification of Jim's passing will always count among the saddest pieces of news I'll ever receive. He was a high school classmate who always kept things lively and who always had a smile and good word for everyone. As I told a fellow classmate, he was someone who left good memories behind him wherever he went and I count myself fortunate to have known him. Hamlet's lament for his own father would easily apply to Jim: "He was a man. Take him for all in all. I shall not look upon his like again."
    10/20/2020 02:11 am
    Lou Ferrara writes,
    I was saddened to learn of Jim's death. We met in 1972 studying for the bar. Although we had not seen each other much recently when we did some laughter was always involved. He was a great lawyer , and a better man. My life has been made richer by being his friend.
    10/20/2020 09:16 am
    Gregg Wilson writes,
    I was shocked and saddened to learn of Jim’s passing. I fondly remember our days as young Deputies in the Attorney General’s office. Jim was always a great trial lawyer but also a friend to everyone. Although our paths didn’t cross as often in later years it was always a pleasure to see Jim. I know he will be greatly missed by his family and many friends whose lives were enriched by knowing Jim. Gregg Wilson
    10/21/2020 08:51 am
    Jane Julian lit a candle and writes,
    With my deepest sympathy to Carla and family. I remember J.R. speaking so highly of Jim and his many fond memories of Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Jane Julian
    10/21/2020 09:32 am
    Jim Erisman writes,
    Carla and family: Jim was one of the”GOOD GUYS”. He will be missed. Jane and I are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
    10/21/2020 11:33 am
    Tim Porter lit a candle and writes,
    My thoughts go out to his family...RIP.
    10/21/2020 11:50 am
    Rafael Xavier Zahralddin writes,
    I am heartbroken to hear of Jim's passing. Too early and too soon. He was a kind and generous man, particularly with his time and friendly disposition. My family gives deepest condolences to his family.
    10/21/2020 05:37 pm
    Kemp Vye writes,
    So many good memories of Jim. Cases we did together and on opposing sides. Jim was a straight shooter and always a gentleman.
    10/22/2020 11:14 am
    Dana Shreve writes,
    A beautifully written remembrance for a genuinely special man. Like so many others who are so saddened to learn of Jim’s passing, I want to extend my deepest and sincerest condolences to his family and close friends. I had the privilege of working with Jim in the Delaware AG’s office in the ‘70’s. His competence, intellect and compassion were always on display. He was one of the highly respected members of the office. Over the ensuing years, whenever I encountered Jim, regardless of the circumstances, he would always take the opportunity to spend some of his valuable time to ask how and what was I doing. And no matter how brief or how long we talked, Jim had the knack of making you feel as if you were the only person in the vicinity; always offering a word of encouragement. May his legacy of decency and good humor live on in the sweet memories of this unique man within the hearts and minds of his wife, children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters. He shall be sorely missed. Dana Shreve
    10/22/2020 01:19 pm
    Beverly Marschlowitz writes,
    Dear Carla and family, I am so sorry to hear about Jim. Please know that I am thinking of you all. I hope your happy memories will bring you smiles instead of tears in the days ahead. Much love to you. Nurse Beverly
    10/23/2020 07:58 pm
    Joan Lehman lit a candle and writes,
    So sad to read of Jim's death. I worked with him at Connolly Bove and remember him as such a kind and gentle man.
    10/24/2020 07:00 pm
    Richard wier lit a candle and writes,
    I am truly stunned. Jim shared much of my life in the AG’s office, Connolly, Bove, our cases together over the years and as a friend. There is a hole in my heart. Carla you and he were perfectly matched. Your new generation of lawyers, your dear sons, will always remind you of Jim’s skill and professionalism as they handle their own cases. He was a remarkable husband, lawyer, father, and friend and our last case together where we both represented an attorney brought all of his skills and professionalism current. Anne and I send our love to you. Dick
    10/25/2020 11:16 am
    Tom Preston lit a candle and writes,
    Carla, Jim was such a wonderful partner, lawyer, friend and gentleman. The years at Duane with Jim were the best. Please know that we are thinking of you and the kids and pray that God will give you all peace to deal with this enormous loss. Tom and Laura
    10/26/2020 03:22 pm
    James F. Bailey writes,
    It was crushing to hear about the loss of everyones' hero: JIm Green. If there is one person to emulate in life it would be Jim. We first met in the Department of Justice in the early years. He just moved through life so effortlessly. There was never ever a moment when I saw him without a magnificent smile. Many fun days at the swim club and many fond memories of his daughter teaching my much younger daughter. Many fond memories of seeing such a wonderful family. We are all blessed to have known him.
    10/29/2020 11:44 am
    Carol Cicini Ashworth writes,
    Dear Carla and family, We are very sorry for the loss of your loved one. Sincerely, Carol and Tom Ashworth.
    10/30/2020 08:54 am
    Frances Gauthier writes,
    I am so saddened to hear of Jim's passing. I was unaware until I went to his firm's website today to get contact information for a referral. My office was next to his at Duane Morris back in the late 90s and as a young lawyer I was inspired by his intellect, professionalism, genuine kindness, and the love and warmth in his voice whenever he spoke to, or about, his wife and kids. Jim was a great role model to all. He will be truly missed. Sincerely, Frances Gauthier
    01/08/2021 02:46 pm
    Susan (Powell) Pselos writes,
    Carla, By accident I came across Jim's obituary ... I am really sorry ... He was so lucky to have you as you, him ... I was fortunate to know him and go to the Freshman dance with ... His sister Ellen drove to and from ... It sounds like Jim lived a full life which is not surprising ... What is surprising is that he is gone at such an early age ... Two last memories are my sister Ellen went to a High School dance with your brother and my mother and Jim's mother graduated from Bloomsburg College the same year ... Fond memories, but time is such a stealer ... My best to you and your lovely family ... Prayers sent your way ... Susan (Powell) Pselos
    06/17/2021 02:17 pm

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