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John Gustav Greiner

August 8, 1960 ~ December 21, 2020 (age 60)


John G. Greiner Jr., age 60, of Pittsboro, died on Monday, December 21, 2020 at his home with his wife and children by his side.

John was born on August 8, 1960 in Sharon, CT. He was raised in Dover Plains, NY, and graduated from Dover High School in 1978. John moved to Pittsboro in 2011.

John is survived by his wife, Janice Greiner; his children, John D. Greiner and wife, Kristin of Pittsboro, Amber Swicicki and husband, Thomas of Alpharetta, GA, Caitlin Cannavaro and husband, Taylor of New Preston, CT; stepchildren, Michael Harris and wife, Filamina of Pittsboro, and Matthew Harris and wife, Lori Alderman of Kent, CT; his grandchildren, Nolan and Louise Greiner, Lucas, Owen and Kellan Swicicki, Addyson, August, Aubrielle and Rowan Cannavaro, Giavonna and Lorenzo Harris, and Aidan and Baylee Alderman;  siblings, Mark Greiner (Amy), Lisa Maughan (Antony), and Amy Zimlinghaus (Joshua); Step-Siblings, Butch Syx (June), William Syx (Dixie), and Maria Spencer (Loren). He is also survived by 15 nieces and nephews; and 9 great-nieces and great-nephews. John is predeceased by his nephew Jonah Zimlinghaus. 

John adored spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He enjoyed attending hundreds of his children's sporting events as a coach, umpire, and spectator but most of all, a father. John also enjoyed watching his grandchildren flourish by attending many sporting events and numerous activities. He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed shooting skeet, clays and targets; he was an excellent marksman. John was an antique car enthusiast; this included a passion for maintaining and driving his 1924 Ford Model T. He also enjoyed running, hiking, camping, fishing, kite flying on the beach, riding rollercoasters, building wood projects and spending time on his tractor.

John loved to work and enjoyed being employed at WearCheck USA in Cary, NC. In his honor, a John Greiner Employee of the Month Award will be presented beginning this January to a staff member who upholds his level of quality. At WearCheck he was greatly appreciated, respected and a mentor to many.

He will be remembered for how he always pushed every person he knew to work as hard as he did. He taught everyone around him to always do their best (or better) and to perform to their full potential; any less was not an option. He inspired others to be their absolute best.

Services will be private family viewing only. If you would like to make a donation in John's name, please consider donating to the Ronald McDonald House of Chapel Hill, NC.

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Private Services

Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory Griffin Chapel
396 West St.
Pittsboro, NC 27312


Ronald McDonald House
101 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill NC 27517
Tel: 1-919-913-2040

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