Julian Francis Greeley II
December 18, 1953 – July 9, 2018
The family of Julian Greeley II announces with great sadness his sudden passing on Monday, July 9, 2018, at the age of 64. Julian will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Colleen O’Brien; three children, Kevin, Molly and Colin Greeley; and grandson, Brayden. Julian was preceded in death by his mother, Jean Williams Greeley; father, William Greeley; mother-in-law, Jean O’Brien; and brother in-law, Patrick O’Brien. Julian’s sisters, Michelle Greeley, Gretchen (Greeley) Walters; sister-in-law, Lynn O’Brien; brother-in-law, Timothy O’Brien; father in-law, Ronald O’Brien, along with many friends and co-workers, will fondly remember Julian.
Julian was born in 1953 in Milton, Massachusetts. He attended Tabor Boarding School in Boston, later graduating from Williston Academy in Easthampton, Massachusetts. He was recruited from high school to play hockey for the University of Vermont. Julian was passionate about sports both in his youth and as an adult. He participated in football, lacrosse, hockey, baseball, wrestling, and boxing. After college, Julian spent several years in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, working and windsurfing. When his mother passed, Julian moved to New Hampshire to be with his father. He met his wife, Colleen, in Massachusetts. They later moved to Everett, Washington to begin their family.
Living in Marysville, Washington, Julian never forgot his New England roots, with an avid allegiance to the New England Patriots, Boston Red Socks and the Boston Bruins. Although Julian’s best times were spent home with his family, he enjoyed attending sporting events, maintaining his car, bike riding and talking with friends and family near and far. Julian began his career as a union laborer in 1992 and spent most of his career working in Seattle, WA.
A celebration of Julian’s life will be held on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at the Shaefer-Shipman Funeral Home, 804 State Avenue, Marysville, WA. Public visitation begins at 10:30 am followed by a Celebration of Life Service beginning at 2pm. All friends are welcome.
- Funeral Service Saturday, July 14, 2018
Julian Francis Greeley II
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July 19, 2018
I am an employee at Haggen in the Bakery. This was a huge shock to all of us also at Haggen. Julian would always come in and go right back to the donut room a sneak an ugly donut that was just gonna go in the trash. He would always talk about his family his job and tell some jokes. He came in a couple weeks ago and was saying how he was a grandpa now. It ment so much to him to have this grandson. I am so sorry u have lost someone so special in your life! I will miss him just wondering in and saying hi! Praying for u all!
Janet Ferguson - Hart
July 14, 2018
It does not seem real that Jules has left us. Over the years working with him at GCC he wanted to be in everyone's hip pocket to keep up with any scuddle going on with his friends/co-workers. I was fortunate after retirement he continued to keep me in his thoughts and call periodically to catch up & sharing pictures of his new grandbaby. He is a force that will be missed - they broke the mold when he was born. Sincere condolences to his family during this difficult time. Jules rest in piece dear friend.
July 13, 2018
Julian was like a brother I never had, I love him to pieces and always will! I remember when I first moved to St. Thomas USVI in early 1986 and speaking mostly French Julian took an interest in teaching me English and he especially loved to teach me the words of songs and we would sing together! The song “Big John” comes to mind, I love hearing him sing “Big John” with his deep voice! Needless to say we had a blast! Never a dull moment around him! I used to call Julian and Howard the “Odd Couple” like the old TV show they were so different but yet so compatible! Julian loved to eat, Howard loved to cook & Julian and I would do the dishes together while singing! Julian was always very protective of both of us even though Howard could take care of himself, Julian liked to think he was our bodyguard! Well, I cannot believe that we will not be getting any more funny pictures via text messages nor did we ever think that the last phone call was only a few days prior to his passing. He was so proud of his family and he was absolutely delighted to be a grandpa! We received a tremendous number of pictures of his grandson Brayden. Forever in our hearts! Sending prayers and strength to his family.
July 13, 2018
In loving memory and with shock and disbelief, I struggle to write these words about my friend of 50 years… Giving meaning to the age old adage that “man’s greatest mistake is he thinks he has plenty of time”.
Julian and I were actually complete opposites but our friendship over the years was always solid. To me Julian was also solid as a rock and a person I could depend upon if ever needed. Over the years we would see each other at various times but eventually in my early 30’s our paths crossed in the same location and we became roommates in St. Thomas USVI for several wonderful years. Julian accepted my wife to be “Sylvie” at the time as part of our household and family and they became close friends also.
After Julian left St. Thomas in 1989 somehow he became one of the only friends I had that actually stayed in touch. Though we were thousands of miles apart more recently our friendship stayed strong to this day! I cannot begin to express the sadness and loss Sylvie and I feel but we will keep Julian’s wonderful memories in our hearts forever! We love you buddy!
Our deepest sympathies to his family.
July 13, 2018
Julian was blessed with a wonderful and loving family. Julian also had extended family, a work family and a bus family. The key word being “family.”
I rode the bus with Julian for probably the last 2 years. Monday through Friday. Often we would sit next to each other. We joked and laughed on a daily basis. This was very early in the morning (4:30 a.m.) and probably too early for most of the other passengers.
Julian was always pleasant. He shared many stories of his life in the Islands. He told me about his sisters, his parents, and grandparents. He told me the story of how he met his life love, Collen O’Brien. Every day was a new adventure in storytelling. He always left me wanting to hear more. Sometimes, I would miss my stop just because I wanted to hear more of his story.
When Molly first became pregnant he told me, and we would always chat about how she was doing. He was really excited about his grandbaby. I’m so glad that Julian was around to hold and love on him. Julian texted pictures of “Buck” at least once a week to his “family.”
Julian had this hard-sided lunch box that he put thick rope around and made a shoulder strap. He brought that every day to work. He pointed out some scribblings or drawings on the sides, and proudly said “those are from Molly and the boys when they were kids” and he gave a big Julian smile! I said this man is alright with me! He kept those drawings all these years, did not buy another lunch bucket. I always knew his core essence was a true family man. Julian will continually be in my head and heart. He enhanced my life and for that, I’m truly thankful. My prayers to his family.