January 18, 1924 – February 28, 2018
William (Bill) J. Greco, 94, formerly of Riverside and Boca Raton, FL. entered into eternal rest on Feb. 28, 2018, 3 years to the day of the passing of his beloved wife, Helen. Born in Rose, Italy on Jan. 18, 1924, he was the son of the late Joseph P. Greco Sr. and Angelina Greco. He was raised in Riverside where he attended Greenwich Public schools, graduating from Greenwich High School in 1943. During WW II, he proudly served his country with the U.S. Army in the Southwest Pacific Theater. Upon his return, he became a well-known fixture at the Riverside Post Office for the next 36 years. Yet, he was known by many in town for his passion for music and entertainment. Starting with the St. Catherine “Capers” and CYO to the formation of his band “The Rhythm Kings”, he eventually opened his own nightclub in Riverside, the first of its kind, EL GRECO’S HIDEOUT at The New Englander which is now The J House. Bill went on to have an illustrious career in music opening for such notables as Jimmy Durante, Buddy Hackett and Martha Raye at the famous Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, AZ. and he brought his Big Band sound and the songs of the era to nightclubs in New York City as well as our own Riverside Yacht Club and Belle Haven Club. It was during this time he met the love of his life, Helen. They would spend the next 56 years together. Bill and Helen were a team in everything they did. A true love story, they were blessed with an unwavering devotion to one another that was truly unique and very admirable. They adored each other with Helen asking her stock question “Bill, are you with me?” and Bill always saying “She is the Gal for me!” They eventually retired to Boca Raton for the next 30+ years where Bill continued a successful singing career and leading his band BG Music, working in Radio, Television and playing with the Pompano Pops and performing with the remaining Ziegfeld Follies. Music and performing was what he loved and it gave him great joy throughout his life. Bill was predeceased by his wife, Helen in 2015 and his brother Joseph (Doc) P. Greco Jr. He leaves behind his beloved nephew, Joseph P. Greco III and his wife, Cheryl of Pompano Beach, FL. Niece Mary-Jean (Greco) Williamson and husband, Kirk of Riverside, CT. Great niece and nephew, Katherine Williamson of Denver, CO. and J. Patrick Williamson of Riverside, CT. Bill was loved by everyone and his exuberant personality will be missed by us all. The Greco/Williamson family extends our heartfelt appreciation to our friends and family at The River House-GADC and the staff at Brighton Gardens of Stamford for their dedication, love and support. A Memorial service will be held at St. Catherine of Siena CHAPEL, Riverside, CT. on Thursday, March 8th, 2018 at 11:00am. All arrangements made by Leo P. Gallagher & Sons Funeral Home, 31 Arch St., Greenwich, CT. To leave an online condolence please visit www.leopgallaghergreenwich.com
- Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, March 8, 2018
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Pia Urso Pellicano
March 5, 2018
Joey, Maryjean & familes, sending our deepest sympathies to you all. When Bill lived in Riverside he was always so happy.
March 5, 2018
Bill was a good friend of my mother, Claire Mitchell Slater. A wonderful voice and personality...