10/29/2020 – Lyle “Bug” Green, Clayton

Lyle “Bug” Green, age 86, of Sand Bay, Clayton NY, and Stuart FL, passed away Tuesday, October 27th, while a resident of the Hospice of Jefferson County. Lyle was the only child of Harold “Tubby” Green and Bertha Todd Green of 202 Michigan Avenue in Watertown. In 1956, he married Barbara J Gebo, daughter of Edward and Ambersine Gebo, of 117 Haney Street at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church officiated by Reverend Frederick Diviny.

Born in Watertown on August 11th, 1934, he later graduated from Watertown High in 1952. President of his senior class, he also participated in many activities during high school including ski team, soccer, and gymnastics.

In 1956, Lyle graduated from Cortland University with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and then accepted his first teaching position in Pen Yan NY. In 1957, he transferred to Carthage where he taught elementary school Physical Education and immersed himself in several athletic coaching activities. In 1963, after two years of follow-on education at Geneseo, St. Lawrence and Syracuse Universities he accepted a role in the southern tier as the Coordinator of Special Education for Broome, Tioga, and Delaware counties working for BOCES. Lyle retired as the Director in 1989 ending a long career in education, and then purchased a Condo in Stuart FL so he could fish in the summer and play golf all year long.

In 1968, with a dream of having a place where his family could create memories during the summer months of the year, Lyle purchased a small colony of cottages in the Thousand Islands in a place called Sand Bay. Originally called Sand Bay Cottages, he renamed them Green’s Bayside Cottages, and after thirty years of successful operation he divided the property into smaller lots for his children and the property has now been transformed into a place where the family comes to summer and share in his original dream.

Lyle is survived by Barb and five children: daughter Laura and husband Mikel Wimbrow (SC), son Donald and wife Elizabeth (VA), Daughter Cynthia (FL), daughter Jacqueline and husband Ray Conrad (VA) and son Steven Clayton (NY). There are also eleven grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and two more on the way.

The family would like to express their thanks to the Caregivers of the Jefferson County Hospice for the loving care they provided during his last days with us.

A lifelong fisherman and avid golfer Lyle will always be remembered for his kind heart and absolute respect for others. We will miss him.

There will be a Celebration of Life in the Summer of 2021.


  1. Aunt Barbara and Family, We are so very sorry for the loss of your husband and father, may God comfort and strengthen you at this time , you are all in our thoughts and prayers, we love you, Mike and Joan

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  3. Rosemary Roux Posted

    Dear Barb, and family ,Sending you peace and love! So sorry to hear of Bug passing ! Deepest Sympathy to you and family . Rosemary & Glenn Roux

  4. Rosemary Roux Posted

    Dear Barb and family, Sending you peace and love, so sorry to hear of Bug s passing . Sympathy to you and family. Love Rosemary & Glenn Roux !

  5. Lewis Kibling Posted

    Please accept my condolences for your loss. May your memories bring you peace and comfort.

  6. Rick & Kathy Gilbert Posted

    Barb and family,
    Lyle was an honorable man..a man of immense integrity and compassion. We will certainly miss him at MYCC in Stuart , FL

  7. Diane Parks Posted

    Was a pleasure to get to know him this past year. Working with you both on the 50th celebration was so nice. I’m very glad he got to enjoy the 50th. Wishing you our condolences he will be missed by so many.
    Chuck and Diane Parks

  8. Bill Welsh Posted

    Barb and family,
    So sorry for your loss. Lyle was a true gentleman and will be greatly missed, I have tremendous respect for the man. My prayers are with you all.

  9. Kathy Keck Posted

    Dear Barb,
    I was so sorry to learn about Lyle’s passing. I loved getting to know both of you. I still chuckle at the picture of Lyle dressed as a woman.
    We now live in Venice, FL in a small house and have sold our condo. However, I treasure all delightful memories of you and the other wonderful people in MY&CC.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. Jean Siwicki Posted

    Our deepest condolences to you at this difficult time. Here at MYCC, we’ve enjoyed hearing stories of the early days in our community, seeing you and Lyle at all our events, and watching you and Lyle nearly make the finals in last year’s bocce championship. He will truly be missed, a gentleman of class. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.
    Jean and Ralph Siwicki

  11. Peter Connell Posted

    To Mrs. Green, Don, Cindy, Jackie and Steven,

    He will always be Mr. Green to me, and almost a second Dad. So sorry to hear of your loss. I had the highest respect and admiration for him. Kind, principled, intelligent, down-to-earth. There was nothing about him not to like! I have many cherished memories in your home in the Chenango Forks area, up on the St. Lawrence and down in Ft. Lauderdale once. My wife and I really enjoyed our visit three summers ago.

    Praying for you all at this time.


    Pete and Carol Connell

  12. Frank J Avallone Posted

    I just saw this looking for a former friend. Mr Green was my gym teacher at Carthage Elementary School when I was in fifth and sixth grade. The nickname confused me a little, but in reading further and seeing his time at Carthage closed the loop on my memory. I actually still have a newspaper clipping that mentions Coach Green’s establishment of an intramural basketball league he established for the fifth and sixth graders and also included cheerleaders. As a young student he allowed me to challenge myself in sport’s competition. I continued in sports throughout high school ( Cross Country, Basketball and Baseball) and after to include Semi-Pro Baseball for the Waterown Royals and Border League Basketball. When an educator opens a door for you that stays with you for your lifetime their is a unique connection. “ Unforgettable”! I apologize for this late recognition and my sincere condolences to all his family. May He Rest In Eternal Peace And May Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him.

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