Joel was a cherished community member and family man. He spent his life constantly in the service of others and often those who were under served. Everyone came before him. Everyone. Whether he had his last dollar in his pocket or money to spare, it was always spent with the intention of helping.
He had a career of over 40 years in human services and was always trying to heal and honor the humanity he saw in people. He loved and cared for his family the most; when we had pain, he felt that pain endlessly. He was a tireless champion for change, often finding himself out of breath talking politics.
As a father and husband there was nothing he wouldn't do for his kids and his wife. If we wanted to go to a concert, he was there; an instrument, you got it. He did everything to support us through college. And with his community in Peterborough and beyond, he gave time and support constantly, bringing his energy and charisma to local arts events and happenings.
In spite of all of his giving, he rarely saw or expected any return. While his career was dedicated to serving others it did not set him up to be able to have the retirement he and his wife wished for to ensure a smooth road. In his last few months, Joel was diagnosed with cancer and suffered from chronic pain that eventually consumed him in totality. His death was as unexpected as it was unimaginable.
In his wake there are medical bills, cremation and memorial costs, and his wife's new responsibility of taking on the mortgage. The funds will be routed through Zachary Green, Joel’s son, and disbursed to the appropriate people to cover the aforementioned costs, as well as passed along to Joel's wife, Diane Raum-Green. It is not without discomfort that we as a family acknowledge the need of our community right now to help us through this time and set us up to get through this with as smooth a transition as possible.
Joel and his family are forever indebted to the people in their lives and endlessly grateful. Thank you for being with him and your support at this time.