Former Mayor Howard William Greenup, 80, passed away unexpectedly from natural causes at his home on Friday, May 8, 2015.
He was born on Sept. 9, 1934, the youngest son of Murray and Gretta Greenup of Lorain, Ohio. He was an alumnus of Brookside High School in Sheffield, Ohio, The Ohio State University in Columbus and The University of Oklahoma in Norman. He retired as director of the Marine Corps Research Center in 1997 and proudly served as a colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
As a Fredericksburg resident for more than 50 years, Bill served as both a member and a leader of numerous organizations and volunteer groups including Fredericksburg City Council (1988–2000, mayor 1996–2000), Fredericksburg City School Board, Virginians for High Speed Rail, Potomac & Rappahannock Transportation Commission, Virginia Municipal League Cities Section, Virginia Transit Association, Public Safety and Crime Prevention Steering Committee (NLC) and Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center. One of his proudest accomplishments on City Council was to help bring the VRE to Fredericksburg, where he served as chairman of the operations board.
Bill loved his family, friends and community, and was passionate about history and reading. He will be remembered as a kind and generous man who never met a stranger and who took true delight in the simple pleasures in life. He was famous for his storytelling, rich with the details of the many events in his life that brought him gratitude and happiness. He will be missed by many but forgotten by few, as most who knew him felt honored to have known such a man of integrity and character with the rare gift of making every person he met feel special and significant.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life and wife of more than 55 years, Mary Elizabeth Greenup; his parents; and brother, Robert Lothair Greenup.
He is survived by two daughters, Elizabeth Greenup White of Fredericksburg and Mary Taylor Greenup of Orofino, Idaho; three grandsons, Pearson, Turner and Ryelan White; and his niece, Kathy Bell, and her family of Tucson, Ariz.
A family visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 15, at Covenant Funeral Service, with a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at St. George’s Episcopal Church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to St. George’s Episcopal Church, 905 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg, VA 22401; or Friends of the Library, Box 201, Fredericksburg, VA 22404.