Richard “Butch” Greco

July 8, 1943 - January 21, 2018 Kennett Square, PA | Age 74 Loving Brother, Uncle and Friend

Richard “Butch” Greco passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2017 at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester, PA. Born in Chicago, IL, he was the son of the late Peter Anthony Greco and the late Mary Hovanes Greco.

Growing up in Mt. Carmel, PA, Richard graduated from Mt. Carmel High School. He continued his education by attending Bloomsburg University where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education. He later moved on to teach Math at Kennett High School from 1968 to 1997. Richard was the kind of teacher who made a lasting impression with many of his students. Former students of his often kept in touch to share stories of their achievements. This was in part because of Richard’s charismatic personality, but also because these students felt that Richard was the kind of teacher who had helped them to realize their success.

Richard’s favorite place to be was in the great outdoors. He was a member of the Turbotville Recreation Club, where he spent his time hunting and fishing with the other club members.

Richard was a fun-loving man with an amazing sense of humor. He always had a joke on the tip of his tongue and brightened the day of anyone’s path he crossed. Richard was a kind and caring person and he will truly be missed by all that knew him.

Richard is survived by his sister, Carol Barhydt and her husband, Gordon of Bellingham, WA; and two nephews, Richard Barhydt and his wife, Laura of Manassas Park, VA and Kevin Barhydt, his wife, Laralyn and their children, Parker, Ellie and Kaila of Boulder, CO.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Richard’s honor to Trout Unlimited, PO Box 7400, Woolly Bugger, WV 25438, an organization dedicated to conserving, protecting and restoring North America’s coldwater fisheries and their watersheds. Alternatively, memorial contributions may also be made in Richard’s memory to any charity of your choosing. Services and internment for Richard will be held privately with family.

Arrangements by Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home.

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  1. Met an old friend from Mt. Carmel today who told me about Butchie’s death. Went back thru the decades to our college years and happy memories of him. He befriended me and introduced me to his guy friends. Buthchie took me to drive in movies with a cooler full of sodas and popcorn.
    I’m not a bit surprised about the comments from his students.
    Remembering that smile and laughter.
    Sorry for your loss Carol.
    Mary Theresa Cusati Fellman

    M.T. Fellman | October 17, 2018 at 12:35 PM
  2. So sorry to hear about Butch passing. I just heard about it today. We would have been there
    Jill Hornberger and Dave Loughery

    Jill hornberger loughery | February 16, 2018 at 9:25 PM
  3. I was a student of Mr Greico 25 + years ago. a truly inspired teacher always made Math a fun class. His laughter & smile will be missed. Thoughts and prayers are with the whole family.

    Nancy Cusick | February 5, 2018 at 3:58 PM
  4. Butch was one of the kindest and gentlest souls I have ever known. When I first came to Kennett HS as a teacher, he helped me get to know the students and teachers and culture of the community he knew and loved. I came quickly to love it as well. I am forever in his debt.

    Anne M. Carroll | January 25, 2018 at 12:42 PM
  5. We started teaching together at Kennett High School in 1968, what a wonderful guy. He loved to fish (Loyalsock Stream) and no one could cross that slippery stream like Butch, and could he fish that corn!!! Miss you!

    Tim Skiles | January 25, 2018 at 12:32 PM
  6. He was the best teacher I ever had in high school or college. I learned more about Algebra and math from Mr. Greco. What great person. God Bless him.

    David Kendig | January 25, 2018 at 9:07 AM
  7. Mr. Greco taught my 9th grade Algerbra 1 class in 1983-84 school year. There were some students that were having a really hard time and Mr. Greco really felt for them. He said that if failing a class is the only thing you fail at in your life you have succeeded . I have remembered this throughout college and while I have been raising my children. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Lisa Apps Sybrandt | January 24, 2018 at 9:59 PM
  8. Mr. Greco taught me Trigonometry many years ago at Kennett High School. He was kind, funny, and made sure that you really learned and understood. I will never forget his twinkling smile, his self-deprecating humor, and his genuine concern for all his students. My prayers are with his family.

    Kathy Ann (Eckman) Joseph | January 24, 2018 at 9:58 PM
  9. I Was glad I got to know him. He taught most everyone in my family. A vert nice man, and a great teacher. He will be missed. Praying for the family.

    Dave Lammey | January 24, 2018 at 9:53 PM
  10. I will always remember him fondly hanging out at our house. May he rest in peace and hopefully enjoying a cold beer with my dad Frank Mochnoc. Deepest sympathies to his family. -Karen

    Karen | January 24, 2018 at 9:30 PM
  11. Mark Ruggieri one of my favorite teachers

    mark Ruggieri | January 24, 2018 at 7:09 PM
  12. Dear Family, I was a student of Mr Grieco, and though math wasn’t my thing, I enjoyed Mr Greico’s quick wit, being sort of a joker myself…Mr Greico was always one step ahead. I will miss him. Condolences to the whole Family

    Norris Cramer, Class of 77

    Norris Cramer | January 24, 2018 at 6:51 PM
  13. I have nothing but fond memories of having him as a teacher at Kennett High School. He had such a way to make me truly grasp the concept of his math teachings. One memory in particular is how we would take a problem involving multiple fractions and turn the lesson totally around into “pizza pies” and how you cut and serve them to make everyone truly understand the lesson. He also would spend countess hours after class working with me until I could do the problems on my own. A very kind man indeed not to mention a very dedicated teacher. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

    Janie (Donohoe) Henry ’81

    Jane Henry | January 24, 2018 at 6:41 PM
  14. Butch was our dear friend. He was always very generous to others. He always had a quick and witty joke on hand for every occasion. He talked fondly about his teaching career and his students. He was a great poker player and an ardent fisherman. He will be deeply missed by his friends and family… Craig and Barbara Hornberger.

    Barbarahornberger | January 23, 2018 at 5:39 PM
  15. Well l remember Uncle Butch, as we used to call him, from the the many times I got to see him at our house or his. One fond memory I have of Uncle Butch is when he set up a lasso, with the correct knots, and he would put in on the floor and dare us to step in it. We would and Uncle Butch would catch us and then release us, with big bouts of laughter.

    Hunter Grossman | January 23, 2018 at 5:30 PM

    Ron Grossman | January 23, 2018 at 5:09 PM

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