Norman Preston Greer, 66, of Port Charlotte, FL, and known to his family and friends as “Buddy,” passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones, after a brief and difficult fight with late-stage cancer on March 25, 2021.
A native of Richmond, VA, Buddy was born on January 6, 1955 to Mary Huffman Greer and Preston Cleveland Greer. The family relocated to Virginia Beach, VA in the early 60’s and Buddy later graduated from Floyd E. Kellam High School in 1972.
Buddy was always known for his strong work ethic, and after beginning his career as a grocery store clerk, he rose through the ranks of the retail industry, eventually serving as VP for a National sales and marketing firm. His career took him across the state of Virginia, first back to Richmond for some time, and then on to the Roanoke/Lynchburg area, where he most enjoyed living on Smith Mountain Lake. Along the way, he owned a couple small businesses as well, and always felt fortunate and thankful for having had that opportunity. Buddy had only recently relocated to Southwest Florida, to be nearer to his daughter, and to begin the next great phase of his life, retirement.
Buddy had a few quirks about him, along with many varied interests. Most notably he was an avid NASCAR fan, and he always cheered for the NY Giants, despite having no direct ties to the area. Buddy enjoyed buying and selling real estate, he was a lover of Frank Sinatra (even with two left feet himself), and although he couldn’t swim, he always enjoyed boating – so much so, that he once rented a front-loader and recruited friends to help him “create” better water access behind his home. And that is just one of the many stories his family is remembering him by now.
Buddy was preceded in death by both of his parents, as well as his sisters Arlene Butler and Janice Bolduc. He is survived by his current wife Lisa Ward Greer, of Roanoke, VA, and by his sister Norma Lynn Davin, of Westfield, IN. Buddy also had one daughter from his first marriage, Kelly Nicole Greer, who resides in Cape Coral, FL. In addition, he leaves behind a number of first cousins, from both his Mother and Father’s side, while surviving nieces and nephews include: MaryLynn Dubois, Paul Butler, Jeff Butler, Julie Blake, and Scott Davin.
Family and friends plan to gather privately to celebrate Buddy’s life. In lieu of any flowers or notes, his daughter kindly asks for donations to be made in his name to the American Lung Association.