Daniel Green

June 24, 1950June 28, 2018

Daniel Green, age 68, of the Harrogate section of Lakewood, NJ, passed away due to Parkinson's disease and accompanying dementia on Thursday June 28, 2018 at the Harrogate Healthcare Center. Daniel was born June 24, 1950 in Millville, NJ. After being raised in Millville, Daniel was a resident of Lakewood, NJ and Manchester, NJ, before moving to Harrogate one and one half years ago. While growing up in Millville he was very involved in his church and scouting, granted the rank of Eagle Scout as well as receiving the God and Country award. Daniel attended Western Maryland College, now McDaniel College, graduating with a degree in English. He later received his MA in theater from Mason Gross. Upon graduation Daniel was hired by the Freehold Regional High School District where he spent his entire career, retiring in 2010. For 10 years he taught English at Manalapan High School and became the director of the extra-curricular drama program. In 1984 he realized his dream when he initiated a performing arts learning center, FPAC, for the district in Howell High School. In addition to FPAC Daniel developed the Humanities program, a second learning center, also at Howell High School. His passion was to encourage support for arts education throughout all grade levels. To this end as a member of the Monmouth County Arts Council he developed the Arts in Education Award. Dan loved spending time with his family especially in Ocean City, New Jersey. Son of the late Daniel and Sara Green, he was predeceased by his sister Sally. Daniel is survived by his beloved wife, Donna Green, two daughters & sons-in-law Rebecca & Rory Rodriguez and Rachel & John Price; four grandchildren, Caleb Rodriguez, Connor Rodriguez, Jack Price and Brady Price to whom he was "Pa". He took great delight in watching them grow and learn and was constantly amazed by them. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Daniel S. Green memorial scholarship fund for FPAC; 400 Locust St., Apt. A228, Lakewood N.J. 08701, or a Parkinson's or Alzheimer's Foundation. Relatives and friends will be received Thursday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the D'Elia Funeral Home, 1300 Vermont Avenue, Lakewood, NJ 08701. A memorial mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday at St. John's Church, 619 Chestnut Street, Lakehurst, NJ 08733. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy for the Green family may be shared at


  • Donna Green, Wife
  • Rebecca & Rory Rodriguez, Daughter & Son-in-law
  • Rachel & John Price, Daughter & Son-in-law
  • Caleb Rodriguez, Grandson
  • Connor Rodriguez, Grandson
  • Jack Price, Grandson
  • Brady Price, Grandson
  • Daniel was predeceased by his parents, Daniel & Sara Green; and his sister Sally.


  • Visitation Thursday, July 5, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, July 6, 2018

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Bill Bradway

July 21, 2018

Just learned of Dan's passing. He was a good man and I was privileged to call him friend. I am so sorry for his loss and send condolences and prayers to Donna, Rebecca, Rachel and family.

Sam Grove

July 6, 2018

Dan was one of the finest people and greatest teachers I have ever known. He started at Manalapan around the same time as me and we worked together many times over the years as co-workers and friends. I remember when we were young and creative, Dan set his room up with couches and chairs like a living room. The principal was a traditionalist with straight rows of desks as the ideal setting. Needless to say Dan's living room was soon moved to a location outside the school. Dan influenced the lives of 1000's of young people in the most positive way possible by being a great mentor and teacher. He will be sorely missed.
Sam Grove

Jacquie West Farbman

July 5, 2018

Dan, such a dear, giving man. I thank you for choosing me as part of FPAC from its creation, where we worked with so many wonderful young dancers, actors, writers, videographers. Dan's jovial spirit uplifted us all. Donna, your support of Dan was always his mainstay. Thank you, Dan, you will be remembered.

Tammy Sun

July 3, 2018

Mr. Green was the most important educator in my life. He showed incredible integrity, kindness, and generosity. He did many wonderful deeds - big and small - but when I think of Dan Green, the first thing I will always think of is his big, warm laugh. I am most grateful for his laugh.

It has been 20 years since I was last enrolled in a program led by Mr. Green (Howell High School, Humanities, Class of 1998). Many of the skills I learned to be successful in life were first learned in high school, with his guidance and support. I want you to know that he directly influenced the trajectory of my life in positive ways. I know this is true for many of his other students, too. He lived a life of meaning.

Mr. Green, you will be missed. Thank you for everything. May you rest in peace. My love and support go out to his family.

Carol Hutton

July 3, 2018

Donna, my heart goes out to you, my old friend. I have thought of you both many times. Danny and I spent so much of our early years together, playing, talking, learning, arguing.
I still have the scar where we were playing in their dining room and collided and I hit my head. I remember finger painting at that table and arguing because he stayed between the lines and I didn’t. Every time he picked up the green crayon he’d say only he could use it because that was his name, not mine.
I remember us playing pranks on Sally as the “older wiser sister” . That’s what she called herself.
He always beat me at marbles, too. Girls couldn’t do marbles “right”.
I remember our fun times, too., you and me. Remember dissecting the goat brain at your house.? With Denise?
I had hoped to see you both at the reunion. You will be missed.
Love, Carol Hutton

Mark Clauburg

July 2, 2018

I'm so sorry to hear about Dan's passing and send my condolences to Donna and his family. It's hard to put into words the impact that Dan had on my life and career. He gave me, a young 20-something right out of college, control of the FPAC video program from 2000-2003. "You do what you want with the program. I trust and believe in you." You just don't recover from that kind of empowering leadership, and I owe him tremendously for instilling in me the confidence, passion, and work ethic to keep pushing forward to achieve my career goals. When I told him that I was leaving FPAC to move into higher ed, he knew it had nothing to do with my unhappiness there. In fact, it's still probably the best job I've ever had. "I knew you weren't here for the long haul. I'm excited to see what you do next." For the next 10 years he would serve as my first and best job reference, sharing incredibly positive feedback to my potential employers and locking in my chances in some incredibly competitive positions. Dan was truly a great man and an unparalleled supporter of the arts. I'm so glad he accidentally visited me last year after 14 years, as he was related to my neighbors (a wondrously weird coincidence). Dan was a light in this dark world, and he will be missed!

Linda Lee Reeves

July 1, 2018

It is with great sorrow we have learned of the passing of Daniel Green. Many years have passed since we have been in touch but he will always be remembered as a caring, gentle part of our family. To us he will remain Danny Green, forever young.

Magan (Moskowitz) Lee

July 1, 2018

I am so saddened to hear about the passing of Mr. Green. I had the opportunity to experience the wonderful guidance and support of Mr. Green during my time at FPAC. I still remember a few of the life - changing conversations we shared. To this day, I still refer to him as one of the two most influential people in my life. I can only hope he knew how many lives he touched in such a profound way.
Sending condolences and healing thoughts to his wife, children and grandchildren, whom I know he adored.
Mr. Green- you will be thought of and remembered with admiration, appreciation and lots of love.

Tacker Berry

July 1, 2018

My friend from Grade school through Millville Sr. High. Church choir, little league and Eagle scouts together. He was there for me until college and then we went east and west. Difficult to think of someone that important to your growing up no longer being there to laugh or talk or to sell snow cones in the park in the summer. Donna, again, I am so sorry to hear the news, so sorry we did not get together one more time. Our best to your family, their Dad has always been a good person, that means a lot nowadays.

Mike Harris

July 1, 2018

If it wasn't for Dr. Green, my life would've been considerably different. His creation of FPAC allowed me to meet with people who shared my passion for writing and acting, and in doing so brought a lot of joy to my life. And his creation of this place did such good because it multiplied that experience by the thousands of students to walk those halls. I am so very sorry to learn of his passing and the circumstances surrounding same, and send hope for comfort to his family and close friends.